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PhD Forum programme

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in cooperation with Metropolis International welcomes a selected group of national and international PhD students as well as representatives of local civil society, politics, academia and business to the PhD Forum of the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022, taking place in Berlin on 4 September at Technical University Berlin.

The PhD Forum

Within the framework of the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022 a selected group of PhD students will have the opportunity to pitch their research to other PhD students as well as to representatives of local civil society, politics, academia and business. This cross-sectoral format offers interdisciplinary feedback for the PhD candidates on their research findings. Moreover, it invites the representatives to take inspiration from current research debates and apply findings to their own workplace for envisioning the future of work.

The PhD Forum is made up of the PhD students’ research presentations in the format of a five-minute pitch. The presented research revolve around the themes of the conference “Changing migration, migration in change”. The speed of the pitch concept in addition to the abundance of presentations allows for an overall picture of the comprehensive PhD research in the field of migration, integration, inclusion, and diversity.

The pitches of the PhD students on their respective research projects are clustered in five thematic foci. Each thematic focus consists of three to five pitches. Each round ends with approximately 20 minutes of feedback and discussion with the other PhD students and the representatives of the local civil society, politics, academia and business.

09:00 a.m. CEST
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10:00 a.m. CEST

Arriving and small breakfast buffet

10:00 a.m. CEST
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10:30 a.m. CEST

Welcoming

Welcoming remarks from Head of Department at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Dr Gunilla Fincke, the Chair of Metropolis International and professor at University of Amsterdam, Prof. Dr Jan Rath, and Vice President at Technical University Berlin, Prof. Dr Sophia Becker.

Introduction of the representatives, Prof. Dr Ute Klammer, Director of the German Institute for Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research and professor at University of Duisburg-Essen and Nihat Sorgec, Managing Director of BWK BildungsWerk in Kreuzberg.

10:30 a.m. CEST
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11:15 a.m. CEST

Technological change and the future of work

  • Mingyue Yang, Universiteit Antwerpen, Digital infrastructure and female technological empowerment: an anthropological study of female vendors in jadeite live-streaming in China
  • Lin Chen, KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Virtual connectedness through connectivity: the case of African students in China
  • Sifka Etlar Frederiksen, DeZIM-Institut, Technical data solutions for better conditions in refugee accommodations
11:15 a.m. CEST
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11:30 a.m. CEST

Coffee break

11:30 a.m. CEST
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12:15 p.m. CEST

Climate change

  • Ishmael Adjei, Dokuz Eylül University, International climate-related migration governance: a case study of Ghana
  • Domenico Bovienzo, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, Climate change and human mobility: a global challenge for Europe
  • Prinscilla Nkansah, University of Ghana, Climate change, gender and migration in the Yilo Krobo district in eastern Ghana
12:15 p.m. CEST
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01:15 p.m. CEST

Lunch break

01:15 p.m. CEST
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02:00 p.m. CEST

Labour and social economic development

  • Sophie Sommerfeld, Technical University Berlin, On the edge of the city – not on the edge of society | refugee migrants in Berlin/Marzahn | 5+ years after arriving
  • Fatma Seda Kara, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity & Maltepe University Istanbul, High socio-economic-status Turkish migrant family narratives in Germany
  • Kalilou Barry, Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, African immigrant low-wage workers in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
02:00 p.m. CEST
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02:15 p.m. CEST

Coffee break

02:15 p.m. CEST
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03:00 p.m. CEST

Healthcare and Fair Migration

  • So Young Chang, Bielefeld University & German Institute for Global and Area Studies, How do policies and non-policies make migrant domestic work precarious?
  • Sera Yilmaz, Torrens University Australia, Do temporary skilled migrants, namely in the nursing sector, have agency over their migration journey?
  • Tasneem Khan, University of Waterloo, Cross-sectional and longitudinal examination of factors in the household, neighbourhood/community and work contexts and the mental health of immigrant mothers in Canada
  • Higinio Fernandez-Sanchez, University of Alberta, Scalar intersectionalities of return migration to Mexico
03:00 p.m. CEST
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03:15 p.m. CEST

Coffee break

03:15 p.m. CEST
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04:10 p.m. CEST

Migration-related social and public policies

  • MinJi Kim, Technical University Berlin, Prosperity or gentrification? What is the future of Berlin’s Kantstrasse in light of an Asian neighbourhood?
  • Alex MacLellan, Carleton University, Immigrants and the Canada Workers Benefit
  • Mehmet Sevgin, University of Wroclaw, Behavioural insights implementation in migration policies
  • Dipak Tharu, Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, GENEMAPS: the gender norms’ effects on migration patterns
  • Helmia Adita Fitra, Humboldt University of Berlin & Institut Teknologi Sumatera, Understanding the return migration experience during the pandemic with reference to Indonesia, case of Lampung Province
04:10 p.m. CEST
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04:15 p.m. CEST

Wrap-up

04:15 p.m. CEST
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07:00 p.m. CEST

Flying dinner and informal get-together

Contact

For any questions, please send an email to the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022 Organising Team at !

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to welcoming you to the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022.