New research school for PhD students in migration and integration
The University of Gothenburg and Linköping University are joining forces to create a new research school and graduate programme in migration and integration. The Swedish Research Council has granted 7.9 million to develop an inspiring educational environment that will bring together leading experts in the field.
The initiative is called The Swedish Research Council's Graduate Programme in Migration and Integration and is a collaboration between the REMESO research institute at Linköping University, the Department of Sociology and Work Science and the Centre for Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg. Several other departments such as the Department of Law and Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg will also be involved. The school aims to provide Swedish and international PhD students with the opportunity to participate in advanced teaching and research training in the areas of migration and integration.
At the University of Gothenburg, there already is a large and active research environment in the field of migration and integration, and the initiators welcome an investment in education to match its research commitment.
We hope to contribute towards creating a complete environment for research and teaching in migration and integration in which many departments and faculties at the University of Gothenburg will be involved.
– We hope to contribute towards creating a complete environment for research and teaching in migration and integration in which many departments and faculties at the University of Gothenburg will be involved. We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Professor Peo Hansen and colleagues at REMESO and Linköping University as well as within UGOT, says Gabriella Elgenius, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Work Science.
According to Andrea Spehar, director of CGM, there is a great interest in the subject among students. The initiative intends to capture and build on this.
– Many Bachelor, Master and PhD students are writing their theses in migration research. For them, there is a need for courses that offer opportunities for further education in the field, she says.
Students will meet leading researchers
In total, the programme will offer 11 new courses. Core courses covers main theoretical and methodological approaches whereas specialized courses will link migration and integration to climate change, the labour market, welfare policy, housing segregation, civil society, citizenship, and globalization. The first courses are planned to start in the autumn of 2023.
The graduate programme will draw and build upon both national and international expertise, and the idea is that students will meet leading researchers in the field
– The graduate programme will draw and build upon both national and international expertise, and the idea is that students will meet leading researchers in the field, says Gabriella Elgenius.
The plan is to make teaching accessible through a combination of online and onsite teaching. Funds are earmarked to sponsor on-site teaching where students and teachers meet to discuss and examine.