The first PhD Summer School organised by GRITIM-UPF as part of the IMISCOE Research Network training programme for young researchers will take place in Barcelona from 2nd to 13th July 2012. The Summer School, entitled 'Theoretical and Methodological Approaches in Migration Studies', will seek to train researchers in different areas and disciplines of Social Studies, promoting both theoretical and applied approaches to migration studies.

It will familiarise students with conceptual analysis, methodological reflection, and qualitative and quantitative methods related to the study of the migration phenomenon. The goal is to combine in-depth knowledge of the main contemporary migration theories with the necessary analytical, methodological and technical skills needed to perform quality research.

This summer school offers an international programme fully adapted to the European Higher Education Area and in accordance with the main IMISCOE research lines.



  • To train early stage PhD candidates in the field of migration studies, taking a multidisciplinary perspective, with different theoretical and methodological approaches.
  • To develop new, innovative research lines in the field of migration studies.
  • To develop general competencies to improve PhD students' future academic opportunities.


Course details

  • The Summer School will accept a maximum of 25 PhD students.
  • Length: 2 weeks, 4 hours per morning + 1 afternoon.
  • Total: 22 hours (Week 1), 18 hours (Week 2) = 40 hours.
  • Course Fee: €400 for IMISCOE members. Non-members must sign up with IMISCOE previous to course acceptance.
  • Registration scholarship: 1 student explicitly requesting scholarship and who has no external economic means may be able to register free of charge. In exchange, they will be required to give logistic support during the two weeks of the Summer School. Please contact [email protected] for further information.


Student requisites for application

Please send all documents in English.

  • Curriculum Vitae (3)
  • Letter of motivation (2): why are you applying, how could the summer school help your project
  • Letter of support from PhD Supervisor (1)
  • Research proposal (4) of 2,000 words including: Research question and justification; Theoretical framework; and Methodological viability
  • Proof of English level for non-native speakers if available.

Students are requested to send the above documents to Sarah Cooke O'Dowd ([email protected]) by the 18th March 2012 at the latest. They should also indicate whether they wish to specialize in qualitative or quantitative research (Part III Option A or Option B. See Brochure for further details).


Points to Note

  • The Summer School will be in English. Non-native speakers should be proficient enough in the English language to follow classes, debates and reading materials in English. Any written work will also be requested in English only, unless the teacher specifies otherwise.
  • During the Summer School, students will have to read the recommended literature in each of the three parts. Discussions in class on the basis of this literature will be taken into account by professors when evaluating students' performance.
  • During the second week of the Summer School, students will be required to present and defend their PhD research proposals. The discussion of PhD proposals will serve teachers to discuss the research in general, as well as the common pitfalls and challenges of any PhD research.



  • 18th March 2012: Closing date for applications to [email protected]
  • 20th April 2012: Confirmation of acceptance to Summer School.
  • 11th May 2012: Final date for registration payment.
  • 18th June 2012: Final date for reception of extended research proposal outline (8,000-12,000 words), including research puzzle, research design (how to answer the puzzle), relevant theory and literature, relevant data (quantitative/qualitative) and possible results and implications.
  • 25th June 2012: PhD Student Guide will be made available, containing syllabus, final agenda and students directory.
  • 2nd - 13th July 2012: PhD Summer School.
  • 13th July: Presentation of Certificates of Attendance.


Teaching Staff


Giulia Amaducci  Directorate General Home Affairs, European Commission
Avi Astor Interdisciplinary Research Group in Immigration (GRITIM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Tiziana Caponio University of Torino & International and European Forum of Migration Research (FIERI), Italy
Sébastian Chauvin University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mathew Creighton Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Mario Diani  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Franck Düvell Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Kees Groenendijk Centre for Migration Law (CMR), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Theodoros Iosifides University of the Aegean, Greece
Dirk Jacobs Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Christian Kaunert University of Salford & Journal of Contemporary European Research
Marco Martiniello Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liège, Belgium
Laura Morales University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Rinus Penninx Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ettore Recchi  Università 'Gabriele d'Annunzio' di Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Peter Scholten Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands




Director: Ricard Zapata-Barrero

Academic coordinator: Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas

Technical coordinator: Sarah Cooke O'Dowd

Organizing Committee: Avi Astor, Verònica Benet-Martínez, Vicent Climent-Ferrando, Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Elena Sánchez-Montijano, Ricard Zapata-Barrero


Scientific Council


Rainer Bauböck European University Institute Florence, Italy
Cristina Gortázar Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Spain
Marco Martiniello Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liège, Belgium
Rinus Penninx Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Patrick Simon Institut National d'Études Demographiques (INED), Sciences-Po, France
Ricard Zapata-Barrero Interdisciplinary Research Group in Immigration (GRITIM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain


For further information

Download Summer School Brochure

Download Programme 

Information on Barcelona

Accommodation in Barcelona:


Supported by: Director General for Immigration, Generalitat de Catalunya; Institute for Catalan Studies; History Museum of Barcelona