Felicitas Hillmann is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of migration and urban studies. Between 2015 and 2020 she established what is today’s research focus, doing this as part of a joint appointment with the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) at TU Berlin’s Institute of Urban and Regional Planning. She is now continuing this with the “Paradigm Shift” project forming part of Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung (the Network on Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research (FIS)). As the pandemic continued in 2021 she was a guest at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She worked as a lecturer there as well as at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Her academic positions include professorships at the University of Bremen (2006–2012), Freie Universität Berlin (2012/2013), the University of Cologne (2013/2014) and a guest professorship at Sapienza in Rome (2019). One of her long-standing research focuses is the impact of environmental change on migration, e.g. in the research consortium “New regional formations: environmental change and migration in coastal areas in Ghana and Indonesia”. She has published extensively internationally and also written the first German-language textbook on migration for the subject of geography. She is a member of the editorial board of the journals Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, Geographical Review and Glocalism and a member of the Council on Migration as well as Senior Chair of Arbeitskreis Geographische Migrationsforschung (the Geographic Migration Studies Working Party). Together with Margaret Walton-Roberts and Brenda Yeoh, she is working on the project “Global pathways for nurses” on care migration as part of glocal governance (2020–2025). In the context of the Berlin University Alliance, she most recently chaired the project “Cities need what they can’t plan fully: cosmopolitan diversity in smaller cities in Germany and the UK” in collaboration with COMPAS, University of Oxford (2019–2021).
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Climate Change and Migration
The effects of global warming on society can already be felt – and they will become more noticeable in future. That will also have an influence on global migration processes. How are climate change and migration connected?