Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT)

The Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT) programme will bring together WUN migration researchers and data experts for two workshops in 2016, in a research incubation activity supported by ongoing research and policy collaboration between the University of Bristol and the International Organization for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, a key partner in the programme.
Some migration policy areas are already relatively well researched, such as remittance costs, trafficking and many dimensions of labour migration. Others remain as ‘hidden’ forms of migration, and often are indicators of new and emerging dynamics of migration and development. These dimensions include South-South migration, the ‘hidden economy’, intra-regional migration, internal and urban-urban migration, the production of vulnerability, the importance of a rights agenda and the significance of gender analysis. A further crucial gap lies in policy. Policy failures such as those evident in the Mediterranean humanitarian crisis throughout 2015 and continuing in 2016, highlight the need for a clear policy focus in migration research in the coming decade, something that will require collaboration between and across the disciplines."
The first workshop, a central activity in the WUN Migration Conference, was held at the WUN AGM in the University of Maastricht, April 2016. The discussions during this conference will identify an agenda for a second event, a symposium to be held at the University of Bristol, in March 2017. The two workshops, with intervening discussions, will identify how WUN activities could contribute to the development of the knowledge base for the 2030 Development Agenda. The research foci of the MDGT network align with the cross-cutting WUN research themes of Migration and Data Science and the long-term objective is to fill key gaps in the global knowledge base on migration. The Bristol Symposium, Hidden Migration, Data & Policy (9-10 March 2017) will provide an opportunity for migration researchers at Bristol to engage with academics and policy makers at a global level
More information on this WUN interdisciplinary research group can be found on the University of Bristol website.

Associate Professor Hakan G. Sicakkan, University of Bergen

Ms Fatima Khan, University of Cape Town

Associate Professor Saskia Witteborn, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Hung Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Delali Badasu, University of Ghana

Dr Gabriella Alberti, University of Leeds

Professor Chris Forde, University of Leeds

Professor Rene de Groot, Maastricht University

Professor Hildegard Schneider, Maastricht University

Associate Professor Melissa Siegel, Maastricht University

Professor Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield

Professor Nicola Piper, University of Sydney

Professor Loretta Baldassar, University of Western Australia

Professor Ka Lin, Zhejiang University

Dr Franck Duvell, University of Oxford

Associate Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva, University of Oxford

Ms Dianne Francombe, Bristol-China Partnership

Dr Frank Laczko, International Organisation for Migration

Dr Michele LeVoy, PICUM

Dr Akanni Akinyemi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr Hong-Jae Park, Western Sydney University

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