Mixing Things Up! Overcoming Challenges in Mixed-Methods Research in the Field of Migration

Zweitägiger, englischsprachiger Online-Workshop mit Keynotes von Prof. Dr. Margit Fauser und Dr. Kerilyn Schewel.

24 June 2022, 9am – 1pm and 7 July 2022, 2pm – 5.30pm

Organizing team:

Julia Stier (WZB)
Judith Köhler (BIM)
Dr. Simon Ruhnke (BIM) 

In migration research, the need for combining qualitative and quantitative methods is frequently highlighted. Such mixed-methods approaches are necessary in order to better address the complexity of migration-related phenomena. However, the application of mixed-methods research is challenging and researchers often find themselves unable to realize its potential due to their specialization in one research methodology and an inability to bridge remaining disciplinary boundaries in training, practice and paradigms. 

In this workshop, we want to: 

  • explore fundamental concepts of effective mixed-methods research 
  • provide concrete examples on how to plan, conduct and publish mixed-methods research 
  • create a space to exchange and connect across disciplinary and methodological boundaries 
  • reflect on the benefits and challenges of mixed-methods in migration research, and 
  • discuss how to (better) integrate mixed-methods into our research agendas. 

All in all, with this workshop we want to contribute to move mixed methods from an abstract concept, vaguely referred to in countless funding calls and project proposals, to an actionable and meaningful tool, readily available to the researchers across the DeZIM Research Community. 

Prof. Dr. Margit Fauser - Professor for Sociology/Transnationalization, Migration, and Labor at Ruhr University Bochum – will frame the first workshop day on 24 June with her keynote lecture on „Mixed Methods Migration Research from a Transnational Perspective”.
On the second workshop day, on 8 July, Dr. Kerilyn Schewel – Senior Researcher at the International Migration Institute (IMI, and Lecturing Fellow at Duke University (North Carolina) – will share her expertise with us in her keynote lecture on „How to Research Migration Aspirations with a Mixed-Methods Approach?”

Workshop format: English language - Maximum 20 participants - We give the spots on a first-come-first- serve basis with preference to those participants who are planning to participate on both workshop days. - We aim for a balance of methodological orientations and disciplines. 

Registration: Please register for the workshop by 10 June 2022 using the following registration form.  (Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpPP7l9yV8nOs8NkQ5W6gXIFQcT7ufiGhMkl7od4QbHAPTzg/viewform)

For further questions, please contact: simon.ruhnke(at)hu-berlin.de

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