Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods 2023 (USA)


Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods 2023, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, 7-15 June 2023. Deadline: 1 March 2023.

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative invites applications for the 2023 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM) to be held from June 7- 15, 2023 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Institute is organized and directed by Irene Bloemraad (UCB) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). It is made possible by funding from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation.

SIMRM 2023 will focus on interviewing as a migration research methodology. Asking people about their thoughts and lives is one of the most effective and efficient ways to collect data, providing information on self-reported attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Indeed, interviewing is one of the most widespread methods in the social sciences and population studies. Interview data can be collected during experiments and representative population surveys or from semi-structured and in-depth conversations during field research. But asking questions as a research technique is also fraught with methodological, substantive, and ethical challenges. Across different types of interviews, researchers must contend with similar issues of recall bias, incomplete or inaccurate information, socially desirable responses, and attention to how the particular dynamics of collecting data can influence the content and quality of interview data (whether data are collected face-to-face or synchronously by phone or video, or asynchronously via computer, cell phone, or paper-based surveys).

The Summer Institute is open to advanced graduate students, early-career researchers in government or not-for-profit research centers, post-docs, and beginning faculty within five years of their PhD or equivalent degree. SIMRM will cover accommodations, most meals, and provide a modest grant to help to defray travel expenses.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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