Departments

Foundations of Migration and Integration Research

Critically reflecting on theoretical, conceptual and public discourses on migration and integration as well as developing empirical instruments in order to measure central concepts.

Foundations of Migration and Integration Research

Reflecting on concepts in migration research 

Questioning theoretical, conceptional and methodological foundations of migration research is a focus of the „Foundations of Migration and Integration Research“ Cluster. These questions often result from the interdisciplinary work within the BIM. In this respect the Foundation Cluster’s task is to discuss theoretical and methodological issues with other clusters of the BIM and to provide suggestions concerning both the design of research projects and the evaluation of research data. This is a challenge for well-established categories such as „migration background“ or concepts such as integration, inclusion or diversity. Thus, reflecting on concepts and research results enables us to develop new research questions and to create innovative concepts for the study of migration.

Operationalisation of theoretical concepts for migration research

One central contribution to the research on migration is the empirical operationalisation of theoretical concepts like integration, migrant or discrimination. Exemplary questions would be: How do common classifications of migrants, e.g. by country of birth, coincide with the person´s self-perception or the perception of others by members of mainstream society? What do affected people experience as discriminatory and how does discrimination evolve empirically within German society? How can we empirically understand the institutional obstacles that often prevent the implementation of intercultural standards?

Collection of quantitative and qualitative data in societies of migration

The researchers of the Foundations cluster support the BIM researchers in collecting, archiving and documenting primary data on migration. The researchers assist others in distributing their projects and data to the academic community and in hosting guest researchers in the Institute. Concerning the qualification of graduates, the researchers at the Foundations of Migration and Integration cluster offer suggestions on university teaching, analyzing conceptual and empirical issues on migration topics, as well as on reviewing master’s and doctoral theses.

Persons

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Head of the Department "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"; Professor for Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-1917
Fax: +49 (0)30 2093-4519
sekdivsc@hu-berlin.de

Dr. Serhat Karakayali

Dr. Serhat Karakayali

Vice-Head of the Department "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"; Assistant Professor at the Department for Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46262 / +49 (0) 2093-46248
serhat.karakayali@hu-berlin.de

Dr. Ulrike Hamann

Dr. Ulrike Hamann

Former Member of the Department "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"

Dr. des. Özgür Özvatan

Dr. des. Özgür Özvatan

Deputy Head of Department "Integration Research and Social Policy" and "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"

Fon: 030-2093-46027
oezguer.oezvatan@hu-berlin.de

Dr. Holger Wilcke

Dr. Holger Wilcke

Research Associate

Fon: +49 30 2093-66614
holger.wilcke@hu-berlin.de

Anna Wiegand

Anna Wiegand

Research Associate at the Department "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"

Fon: +49(0)30-2093-66683
anna.wiegand@hu-berlin.de

Marie Michel

Marie Michel

Student Assistant in the Project "From Demolition to Immigration? New Perspectives for Peripheral Housing Estates?"

Prof. Dr. phil. Ingrid Tucci

Prof. Dr. phil. Ingrid Tucci

Member of the Departments "Labor Market, Migration, and Integration" and "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"; Research Associate at the SOEP Center, DIW Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 89789-465
Fax: +49 (0)30 89789-115
itucci@diw.de

Prof. Dr. Martin Kroh

Prof. Dr. Martin Kroh

Associated Member

Fon: +49 521 106-12980
martin.kroh@hu-berlin.de

Leif Jannis Höfler

Former Student Assistant "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"

Gala Rexer

Gala Rexer

Former Research Project Coordinator / Contesting Authorities Over Body Politics: Religion/Secularism Tension in Germany, Israel and Turkey

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