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Global Migration Web Conference Connects Experts Worldwide

February 14, 2014

A web conference organized by the Columbia Population Research Center and Columbia Global Centers attracted scholars from more than 20 countries.

Professors Julien Teitler and Sandro Galea hosted the first Columbia Global Migration Network Web Conference from the School of Social Work on Jan. 27, with scholars joining via videoconference from all eight Global Centers – in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago – as well from South Africa, Switzerland, Mozambique and Belgium.

Teitler is an associate professor in the School of Social Work. Galea chairs Columbia’s Department of Epidemiology and is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology.

The conference, titled “Health Consequences of Migration: Emerging Directions in Scholarship and Research,” was cosponsored by the Columbia University Global Centers and the Columbia Population Research Center.  The conference was part of the professor’s Global Migration Network project, which won a grant from the President’s Global Innovation Fund. The fund is designed to provide support for faculty who wish to use the resources or facilities of one or more of the University’s eight Global Centers for teaching or research activities.

The event featured a multi-disciplinary group of scholars from across the world presenting emerging scholarship and research about the health and well-being consequences of migration worldwide. The meeting aimed to establish a global network of migration and health scholars who can continue the conversation, and galvanize scholarship in the area, in the coming decade.

“The focus is less to bolster individuals’ research but rather than create new ideas and connections for future research,” Galea said.

The overall research goals were to identify the key questions in migration research, centered around one question: What are key areas in research and scholarship around migration, health, and well being that should be addressed over the coming decade? The videoconference featured three panels that lasted more than three hours.

Galea said each of the Global Centers provided key access to scholars in their regions.

"The Global Centers acted as regional focal points for scholars, both sharing the event with global scholars and providing locations for attendees and presenters to participate in the conference,” he said. “Their locations in global academic capitals helped to elevate this conference to an unprecedented level of collaborative scholarship."

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Global Migration Network Web Conference

A web conference organized by the Columbia Population Research Center and Columbia Global Centers attracted scholars from more than 20 countries on Jan. 27, 2014, with experts joining via videoconference from all eight Global Centers.

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A video recording of the conference will soon be available online.

The panelists who participated include the following:

  • R. B. Bhagat is Head, Department of Migration & Urban Studies at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS).
  • Philippe Bocquier is a faculty member of the Université Catholique de Louvain and an Honorary Senior Researcher at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  • Graeme Hugo is a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor of Geography, and Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide.
  • Michael Jones-Correa is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He has worked and published extensively on immigration, race, ethnicity and citizenship in the United States.
  • Khalid Koser is Deputy Director and Academic Dean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
  • Jose Moya is professor of history and director of the Forum on Migration at Barnard College, and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.
  • John O. Oucho is currently the Executive Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and a professor of Population Studies at the University of Nairobi.
  • Paul Tabar is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut, and the director of LAU’s Institute for Migration Studies.
  • Van Tran is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.
  • Zhenzhen Zheng is a professor at the Institute of Population and Labor Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing.