MMIC’s Next Generation Network hosts first symposium

On Friday 23 July, MMIC’s Next Generation Network held its first symposium. The theme of the symposium was “Looking back, looking forward: A human centred approach to migration”. This theme was chosen to provoke conversation between the next generation of migration scholars and research 'Masters', Professorial academics and community leaders.

On Friday 23 July, MMIC’s Next Generation Network held its first symposium. The theme of the symposium was “Looking back, looking forward: A human centred approach to migration”. This theme was chosen to provoke conversation between the next generation of migration scholars and research 'Masters', Professorial academics and community leaders. We were pleased to be joined by four ‘Masters’ for the day – Professor Stephi Donald, Emeritus Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus, and Annette Xibarras. The Masters shared their research and community leadership experiences with the group, reflecting on the key lessons they have learned over their extensive careers. They also provided critical feedback to NGN members who presented some of their own research and challenges across the day-long event.

The presentations from our NGN members – comprising postgraduate and early career scholars in the migration and social inclusion research space – showcased the wonderful and rigorous research that is being conducted by emerging scholars. The presentations were grouped thematically into several sessions: methods and research ethics, deepening understandings of migrant groups, and the practical and policy implications of research.

We congratulate our prize winners, Tiko Istiko for best presentation of his research titled,  'Exploring sexual health literacy as social practices within migrant networks: A temporally informed method' and highly commended presentation to Alexa Ridgway, for her presentation, 'Centering Migrant Voices: Problem-Centred Interviewing as Human- Centred Interviewing'.

Thank you to the chairs of this event Professor Rebecca Wickes, Dr Francesco Ricatti and the NGN lead Dr Charishma Ratnam. We hope to make this an annual event for all of our Next Generation members. Join the network here.