INTEGRIM is the acronym of “Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies”, a three-year Marie Skłodowska Curie research training programme developed under the EU Seventh Framework Programme.

Between 2013 and 2016, the network involved 23 early-stage researchers at eight partner institutions, fostering their scholarly career on international migration, integration and social justice within a European context.

Following the completion of the project, INTEGRIM fellows continue to work on topics related to identity and culture, citizenship and political participation, labour and social policy, residential and professional mobilities, widening their professional horizons to different disciplinary and professional perspectives.

This website hosts their personal views, comments and updates about their individual and collective ongoing work and research related to these topics, with the multiple goals of:

Enhancing the visibility and dissemination of high-quality research to better inform migration and integration policies in the EU and neighbouring countries.

Enriching the public and political debate on migration and integration through a transnational multidisciplinary analysis on international migration, integration and social justice.  

Providing EU policymakers and practitioners with qualitative and quantitative scientific tools to inform their decision making and implementation processes.

The INTEGRIM network advocates for knowledge-driven policy-making and applied research practices. Its action has the potential to contribute to existing international frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact on Migration.

Jill Ahrens

Jill Ahrens is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University and a Research Associate at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex. She completed her PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex. She has held visiting appointments at Bielefeld University (2011), University of Bonn (2013), University of Oslo (2013-14), University of Lisbon (2014-15) and Zayed University in Dubai (2017-18).

Kitti Baracsi

Kitti is an educator, researcher and activist specialised in collaborative methodologies and critical pedagogy. She is involved in education and community work in marginalised contexts and has implemented research on education, housing, gender and migration, in Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Since 2014 she has been focusing on place-based education and collaborative research with children and young people. These experiences have been collected in the project  ‘periferias dibujadas’. Kitti is co-founder of TuTela Learning Network and collaborates with the Orangotango Collective, WOTS Magazine and local activist groups in Granada.

Franz Buhr

Franz Buhr is a research fellow at the Centre of Geographical Studies, University of Lisbon, where he obtained a PhD degree in migration studies. He was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie junior researcher within the initial training network INTEGRIM (2013-2016). His research lies at the intersection between migration and urban studies and he is particularly interested in migrants’ roles in transforming urban space; urban mobilities, practical knowledges, and navigation. He currently works for the H2020 SMARTDEST project, in which he examines the commercial landscape transformation driven by the demands of transient populations in Lisbon. He is co-coordinator of PriMob, the IMISCOE research initiative on privileged mobilities.

Céline Cantat

Céline is a Research Fellow at Sciences Po Paris as part of
H2020 project ‘MAGYC: Migration Governance and Asylum Crises’ on the relation between representations of migration as crisis and the governance of migration. Previously, Céline was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Central European University where she conducted the project ‘MIGSOL: Migration Solidarity and Acts of Citizenship along the Balkan Route’. Her research interests include migration solidarity, globalisation and migration, racism and exclusion in Europe, State formation and dynamics of mass displacement.

Shannon Damery

Shannon Damery is a PhD candidate and researcher in the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liège. She is the research coordinator in the INTERREG project TREE (Training for integrating refugees in Euregio). Her research focuses on how young migrants’ official migratory status impacts their daily lives in Brussels. She has experience in social work and earned her M.A. in Anthropology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her research interests include refugees, home and homemaking, youth and childhood studies, arts and integration, activism and political participation.

Amandine Desille

Amandine is a postdoctoral researcher in local governance of migrations for the Localacc project at the University of Bordeaux (France). She is also a co-founder of the INTEGRIM Lab, and an associate member of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon. She carries out research based on visual methodologies and has filmed two ethnographic films. Before that, she has worked for a number of NGOs and international organisations, among them UNIDO and ILO. She holds a PHD in Geography from the University of Poitiers and Tel Aviv University. 

Bjarney Friðriksdóttir

Bjarney is a Researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto. She holds a PhD in Law from Radboud University (2016), a Master degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and a Master in European and International Law from the University of Amsterdam Law School. She has extensive experience in working for United Nations agencies in the field, including in North Africa, the Middle East and Balkan states. Her main area of research is migration in its various forms, voluntary and forced, from a human rights perspective.

Sophie Hinger

Sophie Hinger is a research assistant and doctoral student at the Department of Geography and a member of the Institute of International Migration and Intercultural Relations (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück. Her doctoral research focuses on the negotiations between local administrations, civil society groups and other actors around the reception and participation of refugees across time in one mid-sized German city. She holds a European Joint Degree in “International Migration and Social Cohesion” from the University of Amsterdam, the University of Deusto and the University of Osnabrück.

Agnese Lāce

Agnese is a senior policy analyst at the Latvia-based think-tank Providus, where she conducts research on migration and integration policies. She is also PhD candidate in International Relations at Koç University and researcher at the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute of the University of Latvia, where she is engaged in the National Research project “Development of a sustainable and cohesive society in Latvia: solutions to challenges posed by demography and migration” . With her work Agnese provides expertise on migration and integration policies to international organizations and projects. Twitter: @AgneseLace

Siresa Lopez Berengueres

Siresa Lopez is research associate at the Department of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester. She holds degrees in Economics, Anthropology and Cultural Management. Her main research line focuses on the tension between cultural diversity and socio-economic inequality in the EU context. She is member of the GRITIM-UPF Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration and of the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Popular Art, Diversity and Cultural Policies in Post-Migration Urban Settings. She has been Marie Skłodowska-Curie researcher at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, University of Liège, and research assistant at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI).

Julius-Cezar MacQuarie

Global Teaching Fellow at University of Babes-Bolyai (UBB) and Researcher affiliated with Centre for Policy Studies (CEU). Julius-Cezar MacQuarie is a former INTEGRIM Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellow in social and labour integration of migrant night workers in global cities. He carries out multi-sited, multi-modal nocturnal ethnographies in cities like Budapest, Istanbul, London, Milano, Prague, and Sofia. At the Nightworkshop, he produces short films and podcasts applied to research and teaching on migrant integration, night-time economy, and decent work agenda. Web profile:

Kingsley Madueke

Dr Kingsley L. Madueke obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. He has a Masters in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from University of Jos, Nigeria. His research interests include conflict, peace, violent extremism, political instability, radicalization and security in fragile states. Dr Madueke is the winner of the prestigious David and Helen Kimble Prize for best academic article published in Journal of Modern African Studies in 2018. As a USF International Fellow, he is spending six months working with in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.

Tina Magazzini

Tina is based at the European University Institute where she is the main researcher for the H2020 GREASE project, which explores different models of religious diversity governance around the world. Her research interests involve the tension between redistribution, recognition and representation, identity politics, and the relationship between majorities, minorities and states. Prior to joining the RSCAS she worked with international organizations such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO in the US, Guatemala, Hungary, Belgium, Spain and Zimbabwe. Tina holds a PhD in Human Rights and a MA in International Relations.

Mike Nicholson

Mike Nicholson is a researcher at the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS). Previously, Dr. Nicholson worked as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and as a consultant for the Center for American Progress. He has also held internships at the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration and at the US Department of State. Mike received a PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego in June 2018. He was a Fulbright scholar in Istanbul, a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and a ThinkSwiss fellow at the University of Neuchâtel.

Karolina Nikielska-Sekuła

Karolina is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Her current scholarly research focuses on migration studies (in particular in Central and Western Europe, and Turkey), urban sociology, heritage studies, ethnographic methods, visual sociology, and the use of visual methods in migration studies. Karolina is a member of the International Sociological Association, the International Visual Sociology Association, the IMISCOE-DIVCULT standing committee, and the Nordic Migration Research Network.

Stefano Piemontese

Stefano is social anthropologist and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity of the University of Birmingham, where he conducts a project entitled ‘RETRY: Resilience and Resignation among Transnational Roma and non-Roma Youths’. His research interests are in the field of migration, mobilities, youth, and minority studies. While using ethnography as the main approach to explore these topics, he is also an expert in the areas of policy analysis and evaluation. Stefano has also a growing interest in collaborative and audio-visual research methods. Twitter: @StePiemontese.

Şahizer Samuk

Şahizer finished her PhD at IMT Lucca, with he thesis ‘Temporary Migration and Temporary Integration: Canada and the UK in a Comparative Perspective’. During her PhD she worked and studied at the University of Ottawa, the University of Sheffield and the University of Sussex. In 2016, she worked at IOM Ankara as a research/project assistant. From 2017 to 2018, she had a postdoc for 1.5 years at the University Luxembourg, assisting the finalization of MOVE Horizon 2020 Project. She loves Grace Slick. Twitter: @SahizerSamuk

Reinhard Schweitzer

Reinhard is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna, where he leads the project REvolTURN – Managing migrant return through ‘voluntariness’ and is part of the research group INEX – The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion. He is also associated with the Sussex Centre for Migration Research where he completed his PhD in Migration Studies in 2018. Throughout his career Reinhard has spent extensive study and research periods in Santiago de Chile, San José (Costa Rica), Barcelona, London and Vienna.

Georgiana Turculet

Georgiana is the founder of the Experimental Philosophy Lab, based in Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. Within the field of political philosophy, she works on ethics of migration, citizenship, theories of justice, and state borders, as well as on the morality of gender and racial discrimination, such as glass ceiling effects, implicit and explicit bias and gender pay gap, which lead to unequal and underrepresented roles of women and minorities in the working place. She held a Post-Doctoral position at Copenhagen University, where she is currently a mentor for women in philosophy, and was awarded her PhD from Central European University.

Maria Grazia Montella

Maria Grazia is a cultural anthropologist, PhD in Urban Planning from Sapienza Università di Roma and a former Marie Curie ITN Fellow at the Université of Poitiers, Laboratoire Migrinter. Her research interest involves the integration of migrants in European urban contexts and the impact of the contribution of migrants into european societies at large. She currently works as Project and Communication Manager in a Brussels based NGO, UNITEE- New Europeans Business Confederation where she coordinates, as leading organization, two AMIF funded projects on migration and inclusion of migrant women through digital upskilling. 

Davide Gnes

Davide is postdoctoral researcher in EU migration policy at the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG), has worked for a number of NGOs across Europe and most recently as policy advisor on EU migration and development policy at Caritas Europa. He holds a PhD in Political Science and migration studies from the University of Amsterdam.

INTEGRIM is a Marie Skłodowska Curie research training programme funded by the 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreement n. 316796.