- Pasi Saukkonen is a political scientist working at the City of Helsinki Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics unit. Previously he has been working as Senior Researcher and as the Director of The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore) and in different positions at the University of Helsinki. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Helsinki (political science) and at the University of Jyväskylä (cultural policy). He has published widely on e.g. nationalism and national identity, integration policies and politics in a multicultural society.
City of Helsinki Executive Office, Urban Research and Statistics unit
- Inese Šūpule, Dr.sc.soc., is a sociologist and researcher at the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Latvia. She holds a Doctoral Degree in political sociology from University of Latvia. Since 2000, she is working in the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences in a capacity of senior researcher. Her doctoral degree in political sociology has been defended with the doctoral thesis on the topic: „The Social Construction of Ethnic and National Identities in Interaction: the Case of Latvia” (2012). Since 2014, she is involved in different projects of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology. Currently she is working on the project “Value (trans)formation in uncertain times: social cohesion and neoliberal order in Latvia” (2020-2021). Among other tasks she is working on the publication on shared values by (or at least equally widespread among) the two major ethnolinguistic communities in Latvia, as well as other values and attitudes that are still rooted primarily in people’s ethnic and/or linguistic self-identification.
Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, University of Latvia
Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds, and a research associate of CEE, Sciences Po, Paris. He was formerly Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Professor of European and International Studies at Aarhus University. He is the author of various works on migration, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and cities, including Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain (1998), Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe (2008), a collection of essays, Immigration, Integration and Mobility: New Agendas in Migration Studies (2015), and a work in migration theory, The Integration Nation: Immigration and Colonial Power in Liberal Democracies (2022). Most recently, he has led the UK ESRC project, Northern Exposure: Race, Nation and Disaffection in “Ordinary” Towns and Cities after Brexit. Website: www.adrianfavell.com.
University of Leeds
- Giedrė Blažytė is a researcher at NGO “Diversity Development Group” and Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (Institute of Sociology, Department of Ethnic Studies). Her scientific interests lie in contemporary migration issues related to the topics of family migration, intersection of migration and gender, integration of beneficiaries of international protection, irregular migration, fundamental rights and equal opportunities. As a project executor and independent expert Giedrė has been involved in different projects and migration research on national and international level. Giedrė holds a PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology).
Diversity Development Group
Lea Klarenbeek is a postdoctoral researcher in political science at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Trained as a political theorist (LSE; University of Amsterdam), her work focuses on the conceptualization of ‘integration’ in current migration research. Her main claim is that integration is often wrongfully conceptualised and measured as an individual achievement. For her dissertation, she has been developing a theoretical framework of relational integration as an epistemic and methodological alternative to conventional integration research.
Klarenbeek, L. M., Weide, M. (2020). The participation paradox: demand for and fear of immigrant participation. Critical Policy Studies, 14 (2), 214–232.
Klarenbeek, L. M. (2019). Reconceptualising ‘integration as a two-way process’. Migration studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnz033
Klarenbeek, L. M. (2019). Relational integration: a response to Willem Schinkel. Comparative Migration Studies, 7(20). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-019-0126-6
Goethe University Frankfurt
- Birgit Glorius is a full professor for human geography with focus on European migration research at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. Her research interests and majority of publications are in the fields of international migration, social geographies of rural regions and geographies of knowledge. During the last decade, she intensively worked in the area of European mobility, educational and labour migration, as well as in the field of forced migration, asylum politics, and integration. Her current research deals with the integration of refugees in small towns and rural regions in Germany, focusing on the role of the receiving society. In Germany, she is board member of the German Network on Refugee Research and head of the advisory board to the research department of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Germany.
Chemnitz University of Technology