EUniWell Winter School: Migration and diversity in European Cities (MADEINEUROPE)

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The EUniWell Winter School will bring together EUniWell postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level), practitioners and internationally renowned academics in the field to explore the frontiers of migration and diversity research. 

Call for Participants

The deadline for applications is 5th November 2021.

Human mobility across local, regional, national, European and international borders is a central feature in the history of Europe and of European cities in particular. Migrants have lived in European societies for centuries. Yet, over recent decades, following the end of Cold War and the process of expansion of the European Union, patterns and magnitude of human mobility have changed leading to rapid socio-demographic changes in European societies. Cities are the primary destination of migrants and where migration-driven diversity is occurring at a faster pace. They are also strategic sites for the formation of new types of identities and communities, and the emergence of new political subjects and possibilities of social transformation.

Drawing from a range of disciplinary perspectives including law, anthropology, history, social policy, social work, and sociology, we will critically examine the politics of migration and diversity in Europe and how European cities are shaped by migration and respond, adjust and accommodate newcomers. Participants will also be introduced to a range of methodological approaches and work closely with a mentor over the duration of the course.

Over the course of four weeks, 25 select participants will meet for online lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials, and collaborate in group work. Participants will be able to meet in-person at a blended closing workshop and academic conference hosted by the University of Florence in Italy. 

The EUniWell Winter School on Migration and Diversity in European Cities (MADEINEUROPE) will approach these changes and dynamics through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion. The event is coordinated by Professor Nando Sigona, director of the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and is organised in collaboration with the University of Cologne (Germany), University of Florence (Italy), Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Linnaeus University (Sweden), all partners of the EUniWell network. 

MADEINEUROPE winter school is funded by EUniWell. Participation to the Winter School is free. Bursaries for travel to the final event in Florence are available to all selected participants. 

For further information, please contact MADEINEUROPE project manager Paladia Ziss.

Event programme


  • Webinar: Researching migration and diversity in European cities
  • Lecture/seminar 1: Migration and the politics of diversity in European cities (Prof Nando Sigona, UoB)

Week 2

  • Lecture/seminar 2: Social work and precariousness in times of restricted migration and welfare policy regimes (Prof Philip Lalander, Linnaeus University)
  • Lecture/seminar 3: Displacement and emplacement in disempowered cities: alliances between migrant and non-migrant populations (Prof Michaela Pelican and Dr Johnathan Ngeh, University of Cologne)

Week 3

  • Lecture/seminar 4: A historical perspective on migration, diversity and inclusion in European cities (Prof Marlou Schrover, Leiden University)
  • Lecture/seminar 5: Equality, non-discrimination and the legal condition of migrants in the city (Prof Alessandro Simoni, University of Florence)

Week 4

  • Lecture/seminar 6: Accessing welfare in Europe’s superdiverse neighbourhoods (Prof Jenny Phillimore, UoB)

Final event (3-4 February)

In person and online blended workshop in Florence, hosted by University of Florence. Programme will include a symposium on urban diversity and transnational connections (blend); Group presentations (blend); visual methods workshop.


Confirmed speakers are Professor Nando Sigona and Professor Jenny Phillimore (University of Birmingham), Professor Michaela Pelican and Dr Johnathan Ngeh (University of Cologne), Professor Alessandro Simoni (University of Florence), Professor Philip Lalander (Linnaeus University), Professor Marlou Schrover (Leiden University), and Dr Stefano Piemontese (University of Birmingham).