Ph.D. Summer School Barcelona

IMISCOE Regional Network initiative 

"Mediterranean Migration Studies: Theoretical and Empirical Research Agenda" 

Direction: Ricard Zapata-Barrero

Co-Direction: Ibrahim Awad

Office Coordination: Carmen Itzel Ruiz

Scientific Committee

Hassen Boubakri – University of Sousse, Tunisia

Hassan Bousetta – CEDEM, University of Liege, Belgium

Yvan Gastaut – URMIS, University of Nice, France

Ahmet İçduygu – MiReKoc, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi – AMERM, Rabat, Morocco

Maria Lucinda Fonseca – IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal



This Ph.D. Summer School is an initiative of the EuroMedMig IMISCOE Regional Network. It is also an activity within a three-year (2019-2022) Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network Program (Project Reference: 611260-EPP-1-2019-1-ES-EPPJMO- NETWORK) entitled “Mapping European Mediterranean Migration Studies” (Acronym: EUMedMi) and coordinated by GRITIM-UPF. More information can be found here.

The main objective is to provide an intensive course promoting Mediterranean Migration Studies. It will be topic-oriented, and will follow three main principles:

  1. Innovative research shaping MedMig Research agenda.
  2. New narratives related to MedMig avoiding Euro-centrism and generalized/simplistic arguments.
  3. New patterns/drivers of Mediterranean Human Mobility.

The lectures will contribute to a Handbook we are preparing in the framework of the Jean Monnet Network. Taking into account the different topics that the Ph.D. students are developing in their studies, the common concern on methodologies, categories and approaches of analysis will be the main instrumental focus. This is why it is required to also work in teams and create presentations directed at adapting their Ph.D. projects to Mediterranean Migration Studies.

The Ph.D. Summer School is addressed to a multidisciplinary and international group working on Mediterranean Migration. A maximum of 20 Ph.D. students will be admitted. The students will be selected on the bases of their academic curriculum vitae and the abstracts of their research paper.

We will ensure multidisciplinarity, multi-topics, multi-methodologies and geographical coverage, we will also be gender sensitive both at the level of professors and students and topics covered.

We will include teaching materials, ICT technologies, social events, as well as social and policy encounters. Films from the South providing new views/voices/perspectives is in our agenda.

We consider the presence of 8/10 professors. All the facilities such as computers and projectors will be provided by the University of Pompeu Fabra without the necessity to rely on external suppliers.

The Ph.D. Summer School will be held in June-July 2021. More information will be shared soon.


The impact on the target group and linked actors could be summarized as follows:

  • Learning outcomes: The participants will have a general overview on a specific domain of European Studies (Mediterranean Migration) through different approaches such as gender, religious pluralism, transnational and diaspora, socio- demography and political science, economics, multilevel governance. Mediterranean Dynamics (patterns, flows and stocks, push and pull factors and other migration theories, profiles) and Governance Systems (narratives, institutions and actors, policies and practices), EuroMed Partnership. The role of the Mediterranean Cities in relation with migration will be strongly underlined to prepare the main theme of the symposium.
  • Short term Benefits for Ph.D. students: knowledge promotion and methodological skills capacities for their research. Networking with other students from other cultures will promote the separation of Eurocentric thought when producing new ideas and information.
  • Long term Benefits for Ph.D. students: the multidisciplinary approach will allow the participants to reflect on scenarios and categories of study that could otherwise be neglected and open a door to future interests. Moreover, the international dimension of the activity, the background of the other students and the inclusion of experts from other organizations will positively contribute to the participants’ social and cultural capital.
  • Short term benefit for other stakeholders involved: As the Summer course will include a roundtable with decision-makers, the promotion of knowledge exchange between Research and Policy will be particularly ensured.
  • Long term benefits for other stakeholders: It could be a starting point for future collaborations between PhD candidates and decision-makers, for their fieldwork and as future experts.