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Regional Hubs

Regional Hubs

Our project is organized into four continental research hubs located in

North America, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.

Academic Hub Lead

Dr. Usha George (co-app), Professor of Social Work at TMU and Academic Director of RCIS, served as Dean of the Faculty of Community Services and Interim VP Research & Innovation at Ryerson and is PI on several large projects including a SSHRC PDG on Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the GTA. Dr. George contributes expertise in policy and program impacts at the federal and provincial levels.

Activities in Montreal will be coordinated by Dr. Mireille Paquet, Associate Professor and Research Chair in Politics of Immigration at Concordia and co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Politics and Immigration (CSPI) and Équipe de Recherche Sur l'Immigration dans le Québec Actuel (ÉRIQA). With Dr. Bauder, Dr. Paquet will co-lead the research in North America.

Academic Hub Lead

Dr. Joseph Kofi Teye is an Associate Professor of Geography & Resource Development, Director of the Centre for Migration Studies (CMS) at University of Ghana and co-director of the UKRI South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub will lead the projects’ activities in Africa.

Academic Hub Lead

This hub is led by Dr. Luis Eduardo Thayer Correa, Sociologist at the Catholic U Silva Henríquez (Chile), and founder of the U Central in Chile’s Observatory for Migration Policy with a focus on the process of migrant integration. Dr. Correa also led the creation of the Migrant & Refugee Plan for the municipality of Quilicura in Chile and has served as advisor to the National Migration Council.

Academic Hub Lead

Dr. Martin Bak Jørgensen is Professor in Processes of Migration at Democracy, Migration and Society Research group (DEMOS) at the Department for Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark. He works within the fields of sociology, political sociology and political science. He has published book Politics of Dissent (Peter Lang, 2015; co-authored with Óscar García Agustín) and Solidarity Without Borders: 

Gramscian perspectives on migration and civil society alliances (Pluto Press, 2016) and Solidarity and the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Europe (Palgrave, 2019) both co-authored with Óscar García Agustín). Forthcoming books include The migration mobile: border dissidence, sociotechnical resistance and the construction of irregularized migrants (Rowman & Littlefield 2022). He has published articles in journals like Internal Migration ReviewCritical SociologyJournal of International Migration and Integration and British Journal of International Politics. He is co-PI on the Enacting Citizenship and Solidarity in Europe "From Below": Local Initiatives, Intersectional Strategies, and Transnational Networks [ECSEuro] project (2022-2024) that was recently funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.

The academic leadership is shared between Dr. Andreas Pott, Prof of Social Geography and Director of IMIS (U Osnabruck) and Dr. Martin Bak Jørgensen, Assoc. Prof. at the Dept. of Culture & Global Studies (Aalborg U). Both have managed large research projects, and each will serve a 3.5 year term as the Europe hub lead.

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Dr. Andreas Pott,  Professor at IMIS, external link, external link, external link / Institut für Geographie, Universität Osnabrück; see profile, external link, external link, external link

Dr. Helen Schwenken, Professor at IMIS, external link, external link, external link, Universität Osnabrück; see profile, external link, external link, external link

Simon Spearling, Research Assistant at Universität Osnabrück