MISSCHO - Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School 2024

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Migration in the digital era: challenging theory, methods and practice, 8-11th July, 2024

Institute for Migration Research, University of Granada (Spain)

Scientific directors

Nieves Ortega Pérez (UGR), Victoria Rodríguez-Rico Roldán (UGR), Francisco J. Durán Ruiz (UGR) & Roberta T. Di Rosa (UGR-UNIPA)

Short description

The Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School (MISSCHO) 2024 provides an intensive program that enhances the research exchanges among the group of universities participating. It aims at bringing together researchers who are working on migration-related issues from different disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

This 4th edition aims at encouraging dialogue around migration transformations and its relation to digital technologies. New data sources and methodologies, empirical findings, practical and theoretical challenges, among others, are topics addressed in this edition. The summer school challenges the traditional approaches to migration policy and integration, not only theoretically but also at methodological level and everyday practice.

It therefore invites researchers to submit contributions focusing on (but not exclusively) the themes listed below: 

  • New data sources for studying internal and international migration
  • Socio-economic and environmental drivers of migration
  • Analysing incorporation and segregation of migrants’ communities
  • Modelling patterns of mobility
  • Use of AI methods for analysing migration
  • Evaluation of migration and development policies
  • (Re)shaping research paradigms and methodologies in migration studies

Considering the different topics that the Ph.D. students are developing in their studies, the common concern on methodologies, categories and approaches of analysis will be the main instrumental focus. Therefore, it will be required that students work in teams and prepare presentations to debate on.

Multidisciplinary approach

The Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School offers a multi-disciplinary and international approach on migration studies. By nature, the Ph.D. programme on Migration Studies presents a multidisciplinary design with four lines of research in which the candidates are inserted:

  1. Social psychology analysis of migration
  2. Cultural and gender analysis
  3. Legal and socio-political analysis of migration: Welfare State and management of diversity
  4. Globalization and human mobility: migration and labour market

This is “one of a kind” programme in Spain involves more than 60 teaching researchers, from different fields (Political Science, Sociology, Law, Geography, History, Economics, Anthropology, among others) working on migration issues as main area of expertise.

The program will include a range of academic activities such as: lectures (opening and closing lectures), academic and social roundtables, a documentary screening as well as PhD. Workshops.

Learning modalities

In-person modality for teachers and students on Granada campus.

Online modality (100%) will be an exception in case the in-site activities were not allowed by justified causes (visa, student’s economic situation, illness, etc.) Zoom links to on-line sessions will be provided exclusively to those whose online attendance is approved.

Who can apply?

Among 20-25 outstanding Ph.D. students will be admitted. PhD. students in the early stage of their PhDs, who are still designing or have recently submitted their research proposal.

In order to obtain a certification, students should attend and participate in (at least) the 80% of the activities developed.

Key dates

We will be accepting applications until June 10, 2024. It closes at midnight (CET). Acceptance and further steps will be notified June 12, 2024. Applicants must pay the registration fee by June 29, 2024.


We firmly believe in the right to equal education; therefore, just a symbolic tuition fee will be required. The tuition fee for the program is 100€ (the fee covers a welcome kit with all course material).

Tuition waiver

The Institute for Migration Research and the Ph.D. Programme in Migration Studies will consider tuition waivers to outstanding PhD students. They will be granted on a bases of academic merit and considering geographical and gender balance.

Students that fit the requirements and would like to ask for the tuition waiver should fill out the option in the application form and indicate a justification of their motivation through an addition motivation letter entitled: Why I am requesting the tuition waiver.

ARQUS students

Taking into account the University of Granada is part of the Arqus European University Alliance, we will be admitting 5 Ph.D. students from ARQUS universities who will benefit from the tuition waiver.

MIS-BIP students

Students enrolled in the Migration Studies Blended Intensive Programme (MIS-BIP) are exempt from the MISSCHO fee.

Living and travelling expenses

The Institute for Migration Research and the Ph.D. programme on Migration Studies will offer up to €300 to students from abroad without alternative funding options to cover partially their living and travelling expenses. It will be provided after the summer school and completion of (at least) the 80% of the activities developed. Further measures will be notified once enrolment has been concluded.

How to apply?

You must fill out the Application Form and provide all documents as per requested on the brochure. Documents must be sent to: @email (Subject: SUBMISSION MIGRATION STUDIES PhD SUMMER COURSE 2024)

Scientific committee

  • Maria Philomena Bertel, Institute of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz (Austria)
  • Faiza Derbel, Department of English, University of Manouba (Tunisia).
  • Francisco Javier García Castaño, Institute for Migration Studies, University of Granada (Spain)
  • Elsa Lechner, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Marilena Macaluso, Culture and Society, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
  • Samira Mechri, Higher Institute of Human Sciences (ISSHT), University Tunis El Manar (Tunisia).
  • Norma Montesino, Social Work, Lund University (Sweden)
  • Giuseppina Tumminelli. Political Sciences and International Relations, Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
  • Raquel Vega-Durán, Harvard University (USA).

Research Groups Involved (In Spain)

General programme






Mon 8


Meeting room: Salón rojo, Facultad de Derecho

8:30 h.

Registration of participants

9:00 h.

Opening of the Migration Studies Ph.D. Summer School 2024


9:30-11:00 h.

Opening Lecture

                                        Coffee break

12:00 h. Guided tour “Hospital Real

                                         Lunch Break

16:00-18:00 h.

Ph. D. Workshop: Ph.D. Students’ self-introductions

Tue 9 July

Meeting room: Salón rojo, Facultad de Derecho

9:30-11 h.

Lecture 1

                                         Coffee break

11:45-13:30 h.

Lecture 2

                                         Lunch Break

16:00-18:00 h.

Ph. D. Workshops: Ph.D. Students’ presentations


Wed 10 July

Meeting room: Salón rojo, Facultad de Derecho

9:30-11 h.

Lecture 3

                                        Coffee break

11:45-13:30 h.

Lecture 4



                                         Lunch Break

16:00-18:00 h.

Ph. D. Workshops: Ph.D. Students’ presentations

20:00 h.

Experiencing “tapas” in Granada

Meeting point: TBD

Th 11 July

Meeting point: Bus stop- Avd. Fuentenueva

8:45 -13:00 h.

Job shadowing activity

Visit to Cruz Roja (Motril, Granada)

13:30 h.

MISSCHO Farewell luncheon

About this activity

This is an initiative of the Ph. D. programme on Migration Studies, the Institute for Migration Research (IMR) at the University of Granada, and the UGR International Postgraduate School.

For further information

Institute for Migration Research (@email)

MISSCHO 2024 Application Form.pdf