The research cluster brings together a group of researchers at the University for Continuing Education Krems (UWK) who are interested in understanding what drives (im)mobilities across the globe in a context of (de-)globalisation and economic and political (dis)integration processes. The cluster aims at providing an open space to share and discuss work-in-progress as well as emerging ideas, among UWK colleagues and beyond.

As a team, we study different types of migration, such as conflict-induced migration, climate-induced migration, labour migration, irregular migration, mixed migration and share a perspective, which studies (im)mobilities along migration and displacement trajectories and over time. This includes different facets of spatial (im)mobility such as staying, migrating, moving on and returning, and the question of how (im)mobilities relate to life aspirations, wellbeing, and (dis)integration and re-integration processes. In particular, we are interested in exploring the interplay between agency and structure in migration processes, the development-migration nexus, social and political change as part of migration processes, the state as a migration driver, the role of labour and employment for migration, the question of how demographic aspects, emotions and urban spaces link to migration processes.

Conceptually and methodologically, we aim to bridge disciplines, combine macro with micro perspectives, and study migration processes and drivers across the Global South-Global North divide. We work with both, quantitative and qualitative methods, and have various methodological expertise, ranging from Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), ethnography, in-depth interviews, life history interviews, expert interviews, archival research, policy analysis, individual and household survey research and administrative data analysis.



Dr. Judith Kohlenberger

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Institute for Social Policy

Philip Thebe

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • PhD Student




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