1st Interdisciplinary Fellow Group (IFG)

The ABI is co-organising the first Interdisciplinary Fellow Group (IFG) in collaboration with the Centre for Migration Studies on the topic of migration, mobility and displacement.


The role of non-state actors in transnational and regional migration governance


While migration research in the past decades has increasingly highlighted the transnational dimension of migration as a bottom-up process, policy responses have so far mostly been framed as an issue of control or management from the top down. However, the migration experience is shaped not only by nation-states but rather by a multitude of actors which also directly and indirectly influence the politics of migration and how it is governed. The aim of this fellowship group is to bring together a group of renowned scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to develop a multi-level, multi-stakeholder perspective of migration, mobility and forced displacement. The main focus is on migration within and from Africa, but some fellows will also contribute a comparative perspective with regards to other regional migration processes in the Global South, such as in South-East Asia. We base our research project on a very broad notion of governance that encompasses governance by, with and in some instances also without governments, including both formal and informal structures. Theoretically, we draw from the different disciplines represented by the fellows, which are sociology, political science, geography, anthropology and development studies. How the different backgrounds help us to see different perspectives in our own work and develop joint research questions will be one of our endeavors. Moreover, we seek to address two major research areas. Namely, to map out multiple stakeholders and to pinpoint the various multi-level perspectives of migration research.

List of Fellows and Guest Researchers download pdf

Contact: Franzisca Zanker und Stefan Rother

The work of te fellows will be regularly published here - watch this space!