WUN RDF - Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT)

The Migration, Development and Global Transformations (MDGT) programme brings together WUN migration researchers and data experts for two workshops, in a research incubation activity supported by ongoing research and policy collaboration between the University of Bristol and the International Organization for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin, a key partner in the programme.


Migration data for policy: building capacity with governments, academics and civil society, Summer 2018

A Summer School in Bristol, with the participation of academic experts and of IOM colleagues, using a wealth of IOM training materials.

  • As part of the agreement between IOM-GMDAC and WUN, the University of Bristol will also run a Summer School in 2018, aimed at academic and NGO / government personnel alike, featuring training by IOM officials and guest lectures from distinguished representatives (United Nations, e.g.).

Further details will be posted here in due course. To register your interest, please email ias-admin@bristol.ac.uk 

About the MDGT Project

Some migration policy areas are already relatively well researched, such as remittance costs, trafficking and many dimensions of labour migration. Others remain as ‘hidden’ forms of migration, and often are indicators of new and emerging dynamics of migration and development. These dimensions include South-South migration, the ‘hidden economy’, intra-regional migration, internal and urban-urban migration, the production of vulnerability, the importance of a rights agenda and the significance of gender analysis. A further crucial gap lies in policy. Policy failures such as those evident in the Mediterranean humanitarian crisis throughout 2015 and continuing in 2016, highlight the need for a clear policy focus in migration research in the coming decade, something that will require collaboration between and across the disciplines."

The first workshop was a central activity in the WUN Migration Conference, held at the WUN AGM in the University of Maastricht, April 2016. The discussions during this conference identified an agenda for the symposium to be held in March 2017. The two workshops, with intervening discussions, will identify how WUN activities could contribute to the development of the knowledge base for the 2030 Development Agenda. The research foci of the MDGT network align with the cross-cutting WUN research themes of Migration and Data Science and the long-term objective is to fill key gaps in the global knowledge base on migration. 

On 2 April 2016, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre in Berlin of the International Organization for Migration (IOM GMDAC) signed a collaboration agreement at the second WUN Migration Conference in Maastricht. The purpose of this alliance is to fill key gaps in the global knowledge base on migration in order to better inform global policy and practice. Through a number of combined activities, WUN and IOM GMDAC aim to work together over the coming years to improve the quality of migration data, analysis and research. For more, please see this link.

Academic Lead: Ann Singleton, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. Ann has been instrumental in putting this agreement together and will be working to drive it forward in the future. 

More information on this WUN interdisciplinary research group can be found on the WUN Central website.

Previous activities include Hidden Migration, a two-day symposium held in Bristol in March 2017.