We are very pleased to announce that our Refugee Studies colleague and archivist, Paul Dudman, in conjunction with international colleagues representing the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration Issues (ESPMI) have been successful in a funding application to the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council for a Connections Grant for a project entitled “Connecting Emerging Scholars and Practitioners to Foster Critical Reflections and Innovation on Migration Research.”

The aim of this project is to “bring together emerging scholars and practitioners, including students, early career professionals, and researchers, as well as experienced scholars and practitioners, to launch four knowledge clusters in the field of forced migration incorporating: New Dissemination Practices & Public Engagement in Forced Migration Research; Bridging Forced Migration Research to Policy and Practice; Methodological Challenges in Forced Migration Research; and Supporting Emerging Migration Scholars and Practitioners.  The clusters will also conduct outreach at academic institutions, research centres, and community groups to encourage the participation of new scholars interested in pursuing migration-related education in the social sciences.”  Further details on our knowledge clusters in forced migration are no available via the link.

We would welcome interest from CMRB members and researchers to participate in the discussions that we will be having as part of the four knowledge clusters. For more information about the programme, see our ESPMI webpages and/or contact Paul Dudman on p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk 

Further to the information provided above,  we have received much interest from scholars and practitioners globally, and look forward to engaging with you as the working groups develop. For anyone who is interested in participating in this week, can we ask you to please fill out the short form at the link below to register and inform us of your interests. We look forward to receiving your responses.

Knowledge Cluster Registration

The clusters consist of a combination of online and in-person activities. In one week, the first in-person roundtables on the cluster topics will be held at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) Conference, in Ottawa, Canada. Later this July, a second set of in-person roundtables will occur at the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) Conference, held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Scholars and practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines, experiences, professions, and geographic regions will come together to synthesize knowledge, generate ideas, mobilize connections, and foster strategies for next steps. The discussions will be recorded and summarized, and posted on the ESPMI Network website. Online networking groups will encourage wider dialogue, facilitate connections, and exchange resources on an ongoing basis.