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Oxford University migration researcher becomes new head of the Department of Migration and Globalization
Mathias Czaika takes over the agenda from migration expert Gudrun Biffl
After almost ten years at Danube University Krems, Prof. Dr. Gudrun Biffl hands the reins as head of the Department of Migration and Globalization at Danube University Krems to Prof. Dr. Mathias Czaika. The economist had been associate professor of migration and development at Oxford University and director of the International Migration Institute (IMI). The handover ceremony will take place on 26 September in the Audimax at Danube University Krems.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Czaika, who previously researched and taught in Oxford, becomes the newly appointed head of the Department of Globalization and Migration at Danube University Krems. The migration expert takes over the agendas of Prof. Dr. Gudrun Biffl, who is retiring after almost 10 years as head of the department. Born in Germany and father of four, Mathias Czaika says he wishes to “continue leading the department’s existing expertise and expand the research-based teaching and excellent research with the quality standards and experience from Oxford.” His areas of specialization include international migration movements, migration and globalization, development and inequality, decision processes, migration policy and efficacy. „Particularly when topics are as hotly debated in the public arena as migration and integration are, science is mandated to deliver facts and research-based analyses to assist policy makers with basing their decisions on factual ground,“ say the migration researcher.

Ceremonial handover
To mark the occasion of the official handover, the Department is holding an official ceremony on 26 September 2017 between 10am and 1pm at the Audimax, Danube University Krems. In addition to presentations about the Department of Migration and Globalization and the outlook for further development in teaching and research, the event will also provide an opportunity for informal discussions.


Personal information
Mathias Czaika graduated summa cum laude in 2008 from the University in Freiburg (PhD), Department of International Economic Policy in Germany. In 2011 he was senior fellow at Oxford Martin School and from 2015 onwards Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College – both at Oxford University (UK) Mathias Czaika has been associate professor of Migration and Development since 2015 and, a year later, became Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) in Oxford.


The migration expert has written and published numerous works on migration science, among them „The Political Economy of Refugee Movement and Foreign Aid“ (2009), „Migration and Economic Growth” (2012) and “High-skilled Migration: Drivers and Policies” (2018).


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Photo: DUK/Marion Lanser ZOOM

Handover ceremony Department of Migration and Globalization

When: 26 September 2017
Begin: 10am
Where: Audimax, Danube University Krems

Further information:


Mag. Michael Fasching, Bakk. phil.
Department of Migration and Globalization
Danube University Krems
Tel. +43 (0)2732 893-2423