The second edition of the ESPMI Guest Twitter Project welcomes practitioners and scholars from around the world to adopt the ESPMI twitter account (@ESPMINetwork) for one week to share information and thoughts on migration issues. Guest tweeters are globally based and come from a wide range of topical and geographical interests creating a very interdisciplinary and vibrant twitter platform. We hope to address migration as a global phenomenon that also has very different local realities and issues that can be addressed from a variety of different scopes of inquiry.
Follow our guest tweets at #migrationspeak
If you are interested in joining the ESPMI Migration Speak community through participation in our twitter handle please contact us at email@example.com
Meet our Guests
Week 1: October 31st-November 6th
Ina completed a BA in Social Anthropology and Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, and is a recent graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations taught by University of Oldenburg, University of Stavanger and Makerere University Kampala. Motivated by a deep-seated interest in the complex issue of belonging and “home”, she conducted fieldwork on reburials from former IDP camps to home villages in post-conflict Northern Uganda. An anthropologist at heart, her research interests pertain to the study of forced migration, borderlands, cosmologies and concepts of belonging particularly focusing on East Africa. Ina also holds a M.Sc. degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from Oxford University and has previously worked for the German Agency for International Cooperation in Namibia (2010-2011), and the Refugee Law Project in Uganda (2012). She is currently with the Land, Property and Reparations Division of the International for Migration (IOM) in Geneva, researching and devising strategies to adress displacement-induced land and property rights violations, with a focus on the Middle East.
Week 2: November 7th-13th
Charla is a doctoral student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Studying the intersections between migration, social inclusion, urban planning, and human development, her dissertation focuses on the Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) and urban planning and policymaking. Utilizing data envelopment analysis, her research will identify the most efficient public policies that lead to an increase in municipal and national IHDI scores. As a Topol Fellow, she conducts international research on strategic nonviolent movements in search of understanding how movements scale up action from the local to the national level. Charla holds a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from the School of International Training (SIT) where she worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine refugee camps in the West Bank. Charla holds her BA in Global Studies in Peace and Justice with a minor in French from Michigan State University. In addition, she holds certificates in SALT Triage training, Management Engineering, and Disaster Risk Management.
Week 3: November 14th-20th
Clemence is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She holds an Australian Research Council grant exploring the wellbeing of young children (aged less than 13 years) with refugee, asylum seeker, or migrant backgrounds. Her other research interests and current projects involving refugee and asylum seeker issues include access to primary healthcare access, the impact of psychological trauma on accessing services, social determinants of health related to resettlement such as housing and education for refugees and asylum seekers, oral health, and child trauma-assessment tools. More broadly she is interested in aspects of identity and belonging for people with refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds, as well as social justice and health equity concerns.
Week 4: November 21st-27th
Paul is the Archivist based at the University of East London. Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives. Paul is a co-convener of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on for the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and Refugees; and Lead Convener for the Oral History Society (UK) Migration Special Interest Group. Paul is interested in the role of archives in helping to support the collection and preservation of first-hand life histories and testimonies both for their importance for allowing often marginalised voices to be heard and for their ability to support refugee advocacy. On behalf of the Refugee Archives at UEL, Paul has been undertaken civic engagement and outreach work to raise awareness of the importance of refugee archives and to encourage the use of oral history in documenting life histories of refugees. An output of this work has been the creation of the Living Refugee Archive portal.
Week 5: November 28th-December 4th
Anna Du Vent
Anna Du Vent is an Immigration and Refugee Lawyer in Ottawa, Canada. She completed her legal training at the University of Ottawa, as well as earned a Masters Degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. Anna is particularly interested in issues related to the migration of children and youth. She is active in the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and has worked on refugee files for legal firms and legal clinics. In addition to her legal studies and practice, prior to attending law school, Anna worked at an immigration and settlement centre for three years, including launching a program that helped introduce new immigrant and refugee youth to the Canadian labour market. Throughout her careers in the legal and not-for-profit sectors, Anna has worked abroad in a number of countries, including: Uganda, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Peru, and the Philippines. Most recently, she worked with the Legal Aid Service Providers Network in Kampala, Uganda drafting a manual on how to provide child-friendly legal aid.
Week 6: December 4th-11th
Krystyna is completing her MA in Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her thesis focuses on the implementation of the norm of refugee protection in Southern Italian communities, and how individuals resist and contest the way in which protection implemented.She is actively involved in the Refugees Welcome social movement that seeks to create a more welcoming and safe space for forced migrants in Canadian communities. Previously, she interned with the UNHCR Resettlement Unit in Ottawa and she is currently working as a Program Officer for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives at Global Affairs Canada.