IRiS Spring School: Renegotiating diversity, integration and migration in a changing world

The refugee ‘crisis’, Brexit, Trump: in the last few years, we have witnessed vast changes to the world’s landscape. These have had important ramifications for the study of diversity, integration, and migration. 

Please note that applications are now closed for 2019.  Applications will open for 2020 in September 2019.

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) invites you to participate in its first Spring School on 1 - 5 April 2019, helping you to focus and reflect on these areas of diversity, integration and migration. With a programme including expert lectures, masterclasses, mentoring, and peer presentations, the IRiS Spring School will provide a unique opportunity for participants to develop research and expertise in a supportive and knowledgeable environment.

Who is it for? 

PhD students, Early Career Researchers, Masters students and professionals in the field of migration and diversity.


The IRiS Spring School has a diversified schedule that includes one-to-one academic mentorship and guidance; lectures from IRiS leading experts in the fields of migration, integration, and diversity; feedback on presentation from peers and experts; masterclasses on topics such as blog writing; and networking opportunities with other participants and experts. It offers a unique, tailored, opportunity for you to learn, as well as develop and discuss your work in a collegial environment. 

Download the programme (PDF)

*Your mentor meeting will take place on either Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtime
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 - 12:00   Dr Nando Sigona
The migrantion and citizenship nexus

Dr Lisa Goodson
Sexual & gender based violence across the refugee journey

Paper presentations & feedback sessions Final Plenary:
The future of diversity, migration and integration research.  


Professor Richard Black
Professor Jenny Phillimore 
Dr Michell Chresfield 
Dr Irina Kuznetsova


IRiS Public Plenary  - The future of diversity, migration and integration research

12:00 - 14:00 Arrival lunch & introduction to your mentor Lunch & meeting with mentor* Lunch & meeting with mentor*  Lunch


14:00 - 17:00 Introductory Plenary: Rethinking integration in an era of superdiversity
Professor Jenny Phillimore
Dr Ceren Ozgen 
Economics of immigration and cultural diversity
Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips
Conceptualising and measuring integration
Paper presentations & feedback sessions  
17:00 - 20:00 Drinks and canapé reception

Social media for research masterclass
Dr Nando Sigona

How to get published masterclass
Bristol University Press

Evening dinner  
Please note that the programme is subject to change and may be updated before the Spring School commences.  If you have any questions please email


The cost of the Spring School is £450 with a concessionary rate of £350 for students. Funds are payable once your application has been accepted. The price includes your welcome reception, refreshments and lunch each day, masterclasses, plus one group dinner and activity.  It excludes accommodation, travel and any other subsistence. 

Speakers and mentors

Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips
Laurence is the Academic Director of the IRiS Spring School.  Her research interests lie in the perceptions, measurement, and dimensionality of immigrant adaptation; ethnic inequalities in education and the labour market; the transnational behaviour across immigrant generations; and social inequalities and social mobility.

Dr Lisa Goodson
Lisa is at the forefront of research exploring the experiences and consequences of migration in the UK and Europe.  Lisa specialises in qualitative research methodologies and has extensive experience working with a range of community groups. Her work with excluded communities has led to the development of an accredited community research training programme and she has recently co-edited a book on Community research for community participation: from theory to method.

Dr Antje Lindenmeyer
Antje is a Lecturer in Qualitative Methods in the Institute of Applied Health Research.  Her research interests centre on human interaction, migrants and refugees, and understanding around health and illness, including the experience of living with illness and the social context of healthcare encounters.

Dr Ceren Ozgen
Ceren is an applied economist and works at the interaction of labour and demographic economics, international migration and innovation.  She has published extensively on impact of cultural diversity, international migration and firm innovation.  Ceren has worked as a researcher in a wide range of international projects financed by the World Bank, European Commission, the US National Science Foundation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Professor Jenny Phillimore
Jenny is Director of IRiS and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity.  She is a world-leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare, with a particular focus on health and wellbeing.   Jenny currently leads the international SEREDA project, which aims to understand the incidence and nature of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) experienced by refugees.

Dr Nando Sigona
Nando is Deputy Director of IRiS and Reader in International Migration and Forced Displacement.  His research ranges from EU families and ‘Eurochildren’ in Brexiting Britain to Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis.  Nando has over 10,000 twitter followers and is the Series Editor for the Policy Press Global Migration and Social Change journal.

Dr Brandon Stewart
Brandon is an experimental Social Psychologist with research interests in social cognition, intergroup relations, and ageing. Much of his research focuses on how goals and environments influence automatic and controlled thinking to produce prejudice and influence intergroup relations and decision making.

Siân Thomas
Siân is a registered social worker with a background in human rights and an interest in international and cross-cultural work.  Siân’s particular areas of interest are working with adolescents; gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse; conflict and migration; and working with trauma.


Below are some suggestions for a range of accommodation options close to the IRiS Spring School venue at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus.  Also featured are hotels that are situated across the vibrant city of Birmingham, which is approximately two miles from the university campus.  The campus is easily accessible from central Birmingham using the X61 or 63 buses or you can catch the train from Birmingham New Street Station to University Station.  There are also a number of other accommodation choices that you may wish to pursue, for example AirBnB. 

Please do not book accommodation before you have received your application outcome communication on Friday 1 February 2019. 

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Directions to the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus 

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About Birmingham and the city

Our campus is home to a wealth of historical, scientific, cultural and sporting assets open to our community. We welcome you to visit, be inspired, entertained and expand your knowledge.

Birmingham is a modern and cosmopolitan city with a historic, industrial past. We are very proud of our city, which is a pioneering, forward thinking and global place to live.

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If you have any questions please email

Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
Room 929, Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
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Telephone: 0121 414 5718