The Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network

The ESPMI Network connects emerging scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, artists, and all those involved in the study and work related to forced migration though meaningful work, professional connections, and opportunities to publish and access research. ESPMI is a cluster of the Refugee Research Network (RRN), the largest international research initiative in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.

The key accomplishment of the network thus far, and its strongest foundation for future development, is our peer-reviewed e-journal, Refugee Review. We have published two volumes of the journal, one focused on Social Movements (2013) and the other on Re-Conceptualizing Refugees and Forced Migration in the 21st Century (June 2015). The journal has expanded on a number of fronts, most notably in the number of authors, editors, and peer reviewers involved in its production. The second volume of Refugee Review had twice the initial impact in sheer numbers as the inaugural journal, and in the year following its publication, the e-journal’s website has had more than 4,000 visitors and almost 9,000 views from readers across the world.                                               .

Another of ESPMI’s primary aims is to expand satellite projects run by members of the Executive Team and members of the ESPMI community. One of the most pivotal examples was 2015’s Guest Twitter Project, which for 6 weeks introduced international, emerging practitioners and scholars on the ESPMI Twitter handle (@ESPMINetwork). Each individual managed the account for a week in order to speak to their areas of geographic and topical expertise. This collaborative hosting project made a significant difference in the attention @ESPMINetwork received; tweeting capacity improved by 192%, tweet impressions went up 127%, profile views 53%, mentions 42%, and followers increased exponentially. We are extremely keen to do this again, and to introduce other projects.

ESPMI was also involved with projects connected to the Refugee Research Network. These included participation in the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees Project (BHER), coordination of a review committee for the submitted abstracts of the 2014 International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) in Bogota, and coordination on a SSHRC Connections Grant for the Global Refugee Policy International Workshop at Carleton University to provide rapporteurs. Along the way ESPMI has increased the information posted to its website, which, since the end of 2013, has received more than 25,000 views, more than 11,000 visitors, and has 481 followers. There are many other arenas for expansion and focus that we hope a new Executive Team will take on.

As ESPMI’s outgoing Co-Coordinators, we are looking for committed new members and leadership to develop current initiatives and find a meaningful place and direction for ESPMI within the IASFM body and as part of any independent or partnered projects. We welcome all participants, but also aim to include further membership from outside North America, as well as to increase gender equity. Please look to the following page for the key positions we are seeking to fill for a two-year term.

All the best,

Petra Molnar and Brittany Lauren Wheeler (Co-Coordinators) Website @ESPMINetwork


The Executive Team guides the progress, publications, and public efforts of ESPMI. ESPMI is based in volunteerism for both its smaller and larger roles. We draw our core strength from the mixed disciplines, various affiliated institutions, and range of experience its members bring to the team. No particular background is required to join the ESPMI Executive Team, but a firm commitment to forced migration issues and to collaborative, volunteer-based work over physical distance is imperative to the initiative.  Executive Team positions are held for 2 years: Aug 2016-2018.

To Apply: Please send a brief cover letter and CV to, with the subject ESPMI Executive Positions. Within your letter, please (1) mention at least one meaningful creative, academic, or otherwise socially-engaged project you have recently been part of, and (2) include a statement on your thoughts about the current direction of ESPMI as you understand it, and initial thoughts on possible developments ESPMI should consider in the next two years. If you wish to apply for more than one position, please speak to the reasons you are interested in each clearly. Applications are due May 15, 2016, but are welcomed sooner! (Information will follow on the selection process and notification regarding these positions.

Executive Team: ESPMI

President/Coordinator(s) (1-2 Positions) Responsible for and dedicated to managing all aspects of ESPMI. Passion, proficiency, and experience in issues related to the field of forced migration, with a clear and flexible vision. Comfortable delegating and motivating a team/members, experienced in maintaining group priorities and issuing meaningful deliverables. Highly skilled in interpersonal skills and written communication.

Head of Projects (1-3 positions) Responsible for the continuance and development of key ESPMI projects. Liaises with both the ESPMI Executive Team and external partners to extend/diversify the ESPMI network and the impact of projects. Examples may include Twitter, Conference Reports, blogging endeavors, and other projects.

Head of Web (1-2 positions) Responsible for supervising the presentation, maintenance, and optimization of all digital initiatives of ESPMI, including the website, project sub-pages, Twitter, Refugee Review and any new digital initiatives. Contributes to the discussion around best practice for web initiatives and ideally conversant in important questions of information science as they relate to forced migration, especially open access publishing.

General Executive Members (3 positions) Responsible for supporting and contributing to the general direction and specific projects of ESPMI as identified, as well as promoting membership and encouraging networking. Specific designations may be identified per interests and experience.

Executive Team: Refugee Review The Refugee Review team primarily focus on the production of the journal but are also welcome to consider themselves General Executive Members, as their capacity allows.

Managing Editor(s) of Refugee Review (1-2 position) Responsible for managing and developing all aspects of Refugee Review Volume III.  Leads both the thematic development and schedule of delivery for the e-journal. Ensures the professional quality of the e-journal, including the peer review process. Ideally familiar with digital and open-source publishing, as well as forced migration issues. Highly proficient editor, providing final oversight of publication. Skilled communicator and key contact for all editorial communication, as well as liaison between Executive Team and Peer Review Team.

Refugee Review Editorial Team (Number to be determined)
Responsible for in-depth peer reviews of multiple submissions on deadline. Maintains regular communication with Managing Editor(s) regarding thematic cohesion, practical organization of journal, and performance of peer review team. Seeking those proficient in assessing varying submissions (visual, interview, opinion, policy, academic).

Peer Review Team (Unlimited)
We are continuing to build our team of able peer reviewers! If interested, please send a brief email detailing your experience/areas of knowledge, CV, and 1 writing sample/piece of editing work to