About the project
The collaborative project "Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer ” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research on forced migration and refugees in Germany. To this end, the project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) , brings together research on migration, development, conflict and violence, climate change, health, governance and human rights and other topics. In this way, FFVT supports the networking of researchers and institutes working in all relevant fields of research dealing with forced migration.
Strengthening the ties between German research to international Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is a core concern of the project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT).” So far, German research is only inadequately represented in the international scientific landscape. The Bonn peace and conflict research institute BICC, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück are working together as partners to increase the visibility of research in the international scientific landscape.
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May 17, 2023 – Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn
Join us for an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on forced displacement and migration-related research. The objective of the roundtable is to provide a platform to share your work and information about projects, publications, and research interests. We will also provide information on the next conference of the FFVT project and the German Network for Forced Migration Studies, which will take place in Bonn in September 2024. This international conference is a chance to present work undertaken by scholars based in Bonn on issues related to forced migration research.
Perspektiven der Moderne - Konflikte um Grenzen und Mobilität Vortragsreihe des Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) im Sommersemester 2023
April 26 – June 21, 2023 – Bonner Universitätsforum
Die Vortragsreihe versammelt Expert*innen zu Themen der zivilen Seenotreung genauso wie zu Fluchtrouten, demokraetheoretischen Fragen und sozialen Bewegungen, die aus jeweils unterschiedlichen Disziplinen Konflikte um Grenzen und Mobilität beleuchten. Die Vortragsreihe wird von Mitgliedern der Forschungsgruppe Zivile Seenotrettung als Kristallisationspunkt des Streits um Demokratie (ZivDem) in Kooperation mit BICC (Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies) und FFVT durchgeführt.
Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital
March 27 - 28, 2023 – Bonn
On 27/28 March 2023, BICC hosts the interdisciplinary symposium “Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital” in Bonn. The symposium is organized by the FFVT project in cooperation with the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism (MITRA). It aims to provide a space of engagement for both established scholars and PhD candidates in the fields of (forced) migration studies as well as peace and conflict studies, who are working on the transnational entanglements of diverse actors in violent conflicts.
Expert Roundtable (hybrid): The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Ethiopia: Meaningful Involvement of Regional and District Governments
February 27, 2023 – IDOS, Bonn and online
In 2017, Ethiopia initiated a policy shift aimed at phasing out the purely camp-based approach to refugee response in the country. Following this decision, the country has become one of the implementing countries of the CRRF. However, the issues of local participation and involving the voices of local actors in shaping efforts to find more predictable and inclusive solutions to the protracted plight of refugees have been the subject of recent academic and political debates.
The roundtable brings together researchers and practitioners active in Ethiopia and beyond. The event features inputs from experts representing the four co-organising institutes, Gambella University, Jijiga University, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the DeZIM Institute, and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).
The event starts at 14:00h CET / 15:00h EAT.
Promoting localised research and equitable partnerships in Forced Migration Studies at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialogue
December 7 - 8, 2022 – International Conference Centre in Geneva (CICG)
On 7 and 8 December 2022, the cooperation project Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT) participates in the United Nations High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Development Cooperation in Geneva. At this event, FFVT joins forces with international partner institutions and networks active in the field of Forced Migration Studies to contribute an innovation lab that highlights the relevance of localised research and knowledge production, equitable partnerships, the promotion of research infrastructure in countries of the Global South, and the active participation of refugees in research processes. This kind of locally grounded research is crucial for humanitarian and particularly development endeavours, as it strengthens local research capacities and, through appropriate local participation throughout the research process, it leads to context-specific solutions that enable more tailored policy advice.
In order to advance the issues of localised research and equitable partnerships in Forced Migration Studies, FFVT works together with the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UNHCR Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), and the UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Academic Chairs.
Online Panel Discussion
FFVT on point: Displaced and disconnected? Rohingya refugees‘ search for a future in Bangladesh and beyond
October 25, 2022
In this online discussion invited experts share insights from their research or practical work with displaced Rohingyas in South and Southeast Asia. The 1½ -hour debate will inform the audience about the current situation and discuss fields of action for progressive refugee protection, humanitarian aid, and development cooperation.