Josepha Ivanka (Joshka) Wessels, Senior Lecturer - Communication for Development, K3, Malmö University Abstract: During this seminar, Joshka Wessels Senior Lecturer at ComDev, K3, will present her ethnographic study for the research environment Refugee Migration and Cities: Social Institutions, Political Governance and Integration in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden (SIPGI).


Hosted at the Centre on Global Migration (C GM), School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg (UG), this study consolidates collaboration between the Program on Governance and Local Development (UG), K3 Malmö University, and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul. The 6-year VR funded SIPGI research environment asks how urban municipalities address forced migration, considering how it not only changes the social composition of neighborhoods but also influences norms and behaviors within them.

The study implements collaborative research projects in cities hosting influxes of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey. Methodologically, the project innovatively applies urban ethnography, elite interviews, focus groups, household surveys, and various types of field experiments using 360-degree Virtual Reality video technology, in combination with large-N, systematic comparative surveys, generating an original empirical dataset that will shed light on important issues of combating intergroup prejudice, fostering migrant integration, and disentangle the relations between formal government and social governance in this process.

The seminar will be held in English and via zoom, please use this link