Meet PROTECT’s four researchers from the University of Catania, whose home ground on the island of Sicily is situated at the very front line of the European Union’s migration ports. Through the leadership of Professor Francesca Longo, the team studies the EU’s external migration relations and the impact of the Global Compacts on the work of CSOs and groups in need of international protection in their region.
The Ryerson team is led by Associate Professor Idil Atak, joining her are the early career Ph.D. fellows, Zainab Abu Alrob, and Jona Zyfi. Together, they will drive the Canadian-oriented research of PROTECT, involving fieldwork among migrants and refugees in Canadian cities and co-leading PROTECT’s dissemination and engagement work.
Two researchers from the Institute for Social Science at the University of Stuttgart, Germany are part of the international PROTECT consortium: Tenure-track Professor, Raphael Heiko Heiberger, and Research Assistant, Sara Schmitt. By applying their knowledge of computational methods, the Stuttgart team will contribute to analyzing how global media discourses on refugee protection and citizens’ attitudes towards the Global Compacts’ burden- and responsibility-sharing aspects shape political decision making.
By the means of AI-driven technology, PROTECT’s two teams from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Lund University in Sweden will map actors and discourses present in traditional media and social media currently shaping the discourse on international protection on refugees.
Associate Professor Jo Vearey from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa is a public health scholar with expertise in migration, mobility and health. Vearey co-leads the research of Work Package 4, conducting fieldwork in migratory hotspots in South Africa.
A number of high profile representatives from the academic community, civil society organizations, and international organizations were present for Protect’s kick-off conference in Brussels on 9 March. The conference allowed both attendees and stakeholders to become more familiar with Protect’s research objectives and involved partners. Key speakers from United Nation’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) also stressed the urgency of Protect’s research, given the recent […]