Navigating an Interdisciplinary PhD

by Natalie Bennett Interdisciplinary PhDs are becoming increasingly common, particularly those which are based on a topic that spans many research fields. For example, PhDs in migration studies often span multiple disciplines, such as sociology, geography, demography, politics, health and others. At the time of writing, a quick search of a popular website for finding […]

Division Between Doctoral Studies in Eastern Europe and Western Europe: Precarity in Eastern Europe

by Luděk Jirka Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, differences between the East and West of Europe still exist which often disqualify the “Easterners.” Discrepancies are structural and economical, with consequences for doctoral students. In Western Europe doctoral students are able to publish more, they are able to attend more conferences and […]

IMISCOE CONFERENCE 2019: report from a PhD

By Lisa-Marie Kraus Looking forward to finally leave the desert heat in the Netherlands, I am excited to join the IMISCOE conference this year. As it is the first international conference of my research career, I think this experience is going to stick with me for a while. We arrived a day early to explore […]

Is ‘language as the key to integration’ a myth?

By Hasrey Saygi In many publications in the field of migration, language is seen as the touchstone of integration. Learning the host country’s language is argued to help develop a sense of belonging and reconstruct ways of life and identities (Esser, 2006). The European Council report on the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM, 2014) […]