Who are we?
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) conducts a wide variety of research on migration and diversity, spread over many disciplines, departments and research institutes. This interdisciplinary group, called the ‘Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM)’ has therefore been created in January 2018. It joins over 100 VUB researchers from 11 disciplines (including political science, law, sociology, criminology, geography, medical sciences, communication sciences, linguistics, psychology and educational sciences, philosophy, and history) working on migration and diversity related topics. BIRMM is coordinated by Prof. Ilke Adam and Prof. Florian Trauner (both IES-VUB) and a board of delegates with one representative per research centre or department.
The main VUB research centres and departments involved in BIRMM are: the Institute for European Studies (IES), and particularly its research cluster Migration, Diversity and Justice; the History Department, with its research centre HOST; Sociology Department, with its research centres TOR and Interface Demography; the Political Science Department (POLI); BRIO, the centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Brussels, the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, the RHEA Centre for Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality, the Criminology department with its research centre Crime & Society, the Law department, with its research centre FRC (Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism) and the Department of Public Law, the Department for Communication Sciences, with its research centre CEMESO (Culture, Emancipation, Media and Society), and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, with its new reseach group 'Research into Diversity in Health Care'.
Friday 19 October
BIRMM formally opened!
On 19 October 2019 , the IES Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster organised the kick-off and internal networking meeting of the new VUB’s Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration...
7 October from 13:00 to 14:00
Lunch time brown-bag seminar "How (street-)level bureaucrats construct immigration policies?" // October 7, 1pm-2pm
At the end of August 2019, Carla Mascia and Andrew Crosby both defended their PhDs on the concrete implementation of immigration policies by (street-)level bureaucrats. Carla Mascia was a joint PhD...
8 October from 9:30 to 11:30
Research Methodology: Doing Research in Africa
The aim of this course is to equip research students with some of the relevant skills required to undertake postgraduate fieldwork in Africa. The presentation introduces the principal methodologies...
10 October from 12:00 to 14:00
Migration Aspirations: Strategies of Young Africans in a State of ‘Involuntary Immobility’
Migration, irregular low-skilled emigration from developing countries in particular, has attracted a lot of academic and political attention. In many low and middle-income countries, migration is a...
From 26 June at 9:00 to 28 June at 17:00
16th Annual IMISCOE Conference
Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches . Click HERE for further information.
3 April from 18:00 to 19:30
EU-African Cooperation on Migration: What are the African Interests?
Discussing EU-African cooperation on migration most often happens from a Eurocentric perspective, emphasizing the EU’s core interest of having orderly and managed migration. But what do African...