Erasmus University Rotterdam

Peter Scholten is Associate Professor Public Policy & Politics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He coordinates the Erasmus research cluster on the Governance of Migration and Integration and is founding editor of the journal Comparative Migration Studies. Peter will also be associate director of IMISCOE, Europe’s leading academic research network on migration, integration and social cohesion, starting from early 2014. His research, publications and teaching focus on issues of governance in multicultural societies. He is currently coordinating a number of European projects focusing on the governance of migrant integration, including “Beyond National Models of Integration? Agenda Dynamics and the Multi-Level Governance of Immigrant Integration” (VENI scholarship from the Dutch Science Foundation), IMAGINATION on the Urban consequences and Local Governance of CEE Migration (JPI-Urban Europe Funding Scheme), UPSTREAM on Mainstreaming Integration Governance (European Integration Fund) and DIAMINT on Science-society dialogues on migrant integration in Europe (VolkswagenStiftung). For more information, see 

Ilona van Breugel is a PHD candidate at the department of Public Administration at Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Ilona studied cultural and legal anthropology at respectively the Radboud University Nijmegen and the London School of Economics, where she specialised in migration law and citizenship. Throughout her studies she developed a distinct interest in the interplay between different levels of governance and the tension between policy and practice, particularly in the diverse and dynamic context of migration and integration. During her studies and extra-curricular projects she has gained diverse research experience on a national and international level.


Centre on Migration, Policy and Society – University of Oxford

Ben Gidley is a Senior Researcher at COMPAS, working on diversity, multiculturalism, diaspora and the local and regional governance of integration. Recent EU-funded projects include AMICALL (on local leadership and communication for integration), Concordia Discors (on intergroup relations at neighbourhood level) and EU-MIA (building municipal best practice in integration). Ben Gidley is a Sociologist by training

Ole Jensen is a research officer at COMPAS, working on social cohesion and inter-group relations; the meanings and politics of place; generational dynamics; multi-sited fieldwork and transnationalism. Ole Jensen has a PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark. His PhD focussed on livelihoods strategies and migration in Pakistan. At COMPAS, he has worked on the Concordia Discors project, carrying out fieldwork on inter-group relations in two neighbourhoods in Southwark in London, and EU-MIA, leading on case studies of integration practice in Denmark, Germany and Austria.

Centre for Migration Research in Warsaw

Magdalena Lesinska is Assistant Professor in Centre of Migration Research at University of Warsaw. She is a political scientist by training and profession. Her doctoral thesis was devoted to the comparative analysis of political inclusion of immigrants in Western European countries. Her present research focuses on migration policy and political and public participation of immigrants.

Ignacy Józwiak is a doctoral student at the Polish Academy of Sciences and associate at the Centre of Migration Research at University of Warsaw.  Ignacy Jozwiak was a doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta between 2012 and 2013 and worked as a researcher and analyst in migrant integration-related issues for The Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, the Centre for Migration Studies in Poznan and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen.

Joanna Nestorowicz  is a member at the Centre of Migration Research at University of Warsaw. Joanna graduated from the doctoral program at the Faculty of Economic Sciences (Development Economics Department), University of Warsaw. 2010-2011 a Fulbright Scholar at Office for Population Research, Princeton University. Her research concentrates on analyses of migrants’ economic integration, especially immigrant self-employment.

Institute National d’Etudes Demographiques

Patrick Simon is Director of research at INED (Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques –National demographic institute) (F), where he heads the resarch unit “International Migration and Minorities” and is fellow researcher at the Center of European Studies (CEE) at Sciences Po. He is studying antidiscrimination policies, ethnic classification and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He has chaired the scientific panel “Integration of immigrants” at the IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Studies of Population) and was appointed at the Scientific Board of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Commission in Vienna (2008-2013). He has edited recently with V.Piché a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies, « Accounting for ethnic and racial diversity: the challenge of enumeration » (35:8, 2012).

Mélodie Beaujeu is currently conducting a Phd at the Centre d’Etudes européennes (Sciences Po, Paris), under the supervision of Virginie Guiraudon, researcher at the CEE. Her Phd is about the emergence and institutionalization of transnational activists networks on migration. Her research is grounded on her professional experience of about 8 years within institutions (French Foreign Ministry, Unesco) and NGO (Enda Europe) in the fields of migration and integration issues. She also took part in several European and African comparative research projects on these issues.

Migration Policy Institute Europe

Elizabeth Collett is Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI’s Transatlantic Council on Migration. She is based in Brussels, and her work focuses in particular on European migration and immigrant integration policy. Her published works include Emerging Transatlantic Security Dilemmas in Border Management, A New Architecture for Border Management (co-author), Immigrant Integration in a Time of Austerity, and Soft, Scarce, and Super Skills: Sourcing the Next Generation of Migrant Workers in Europe (co-author). Prior to joining MPI, Elizabeth Collett was a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank, and was responsible for its migration program, which covered all aspects of European migration and integration policy. During her time at EPC she produced numerous working papers and policy briefs focused on the future of European Union immigration policy. She has also worked in the Migration Research and Policy Department of the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and for the Institute for the Study of International Migration in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Collett holds a master’s degree in foreign service (with distinction) from Georgetown University, where she specialized in foreign policy and earned a certificate in refugee and humanitarian studies, and a bachelor’s degree in law from Oxford University.

Meghan Benton is a Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where she works on immigrant integration (with a focus on education and employment), citizenship, and intra-EU mobility. Her recent publications include Aiming Higher: Policies to Get Immigrants into Middle-Skilled Work in Europe; How Free is Free Movement? Dynamics and Drivers of Mobility within the European Union and Reaping the Benefits? Social Security Coordination for Mobile EU Citizens. Before joining the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), she was a researcher at University College London’s Constitution Unit, where she published several reports on the UK Parliament, parliamentary committees, and the legislative process. Previously, she worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research in London, where she authored a number of papers and reports on education and young people.  She received her PhD in political science from University College London in 2010. Her PhD research — on citizenship and the rights of noncitizens — has been published in high-ranking social and political philosophy journals. She also holds a master’s degree in legal and political theory (with distinction) from University College London, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Warwick University.

Helen McCarthy is a researcher working with MPI Europe on the UPSTREAM project. She has a MSc in Global Migration from University College London and an MA in Social Anthropology from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Helen has previously conducted research in Luxembourg, looking at linguistic integration and language politics, and with the Latin American community in London looking at dual citizenship. Her research interests include integration in different spheres, access to citizenship and dual/multiple citizenships. She is currently also working on a project on workplace integration in the health sector with the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.

Paul Clewett is a Program Assistant at MPI Europe, where he supports research and event activities.  Previously, he worked at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore under the UK Department for International Development–funded Migrating out of Poverty program, where he contributed to research projects focused on the livelihoods of transient workers in Singapore. In addition, he has experience at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Swift Centre youth charity in East London and has managed several projects under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ program (formerly known as Youth in Action). Paul Clewett completed an MSc in global migration from University College London. His thesis focused on religion, diaspora, and development through the lens of superdiversity in London. He also holds a bachelor’s in international relations and languages from the University of Sussex.



Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Joaquín Arango is Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Director, Center for the Study of Migration and Citizenship, Ortega y Gasset Research Institute. Until May 2012 he was President of Spain’s National Forum for the Social Integration of Immigrants. He is co-Editor of the Spanish Immigration and Immigration Policies Yearbook and seats in the editorial boards of several scientific journals and a number of advisory committees. His current areas of interest include migration systems and migration regimes, immigration and integration policies, the relationships between immigration and labor markets and the impacts of the economic crisis. He is presently involved in European research projects dealing with irregular migration, the impact of admission policies on integration, attitudes towards immigration and diversity, and migrant domestic workers. He has worked as an expert for the European Commission, the Council of Europe, OECD, ILO, UNECE, Eurostat and other international institutions.

Elisa Brey is a Ph.D. candidate at CEDEM and University Complutense of Madrid, where she obtained a degree in Sociology and a Master in Demographic and Territorial Studies. She is working on immigration, social integration and citizenship in urban spaces, under the supervision of Marco Martiniello and Joaquin Arango. Her main fields of interest are sociology of migration and urban sociology. Her research also includes elements dealing with the political answer to integration at the national and local levels.

María Sánchez-Domínguez received her PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (2010). Currently she is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Carlos III University (Spain) and at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). Her research focuses on International Migration, Integration, Union Formation and Family, Marriage Market, Gender, Social trends/social change, Demographic Transition, Baby Boom, Marriage Boom, Ageing, Family Solidarity and Quantitative/Qualitative perspectives. 

Daniel Sorando holds a PhD in Sociology by the Complutense University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). He also has two master’s degrees in "Population, Society and Territory" (by the Complutense University of Madrid) and "Research Methods in Social Sciences" by the Centre for Sociological Research (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas). He has been visiting scholar at Brown University (USA) and the RCC at Harvard University (USA). He has worked in R&D projects sponsored by the Ministry of Economy and Finance at the Complutense University of Madrid on social structure, residential segregation and urban policies. As a result of his research he has published articles and book chapters in scientific journals and collective works. Finally, he has also presented several papers at Spanish and international academic conferences.


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