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Migration policies in the destination countries: stakeholders and processes

Sarah Louise Nash, Sabanci Univeristy, Istanbul – „Beyond the Policy Impasse: The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compacts

Deniz Şenol Sert, Özyeğin University, Istanbul – „Migration Policy in Turkey: A Case of Transformation”


 The CDCDI international summer school „Advocacy and migration policies”, Bucharest, Romania, 24 – 28 July 2017

Venue: The Research Institute for Quality of Life

Romanian Academy Building, 13 Calea 13 Septembrie st., Bucharest, Romania

International summer school ”Advocacy and migration policies” – Day 4


Third day of the international summer school "Advocacy and Migration Policies".


Day 2 of the Summer School ”Advocacy and migration policies”


First day of the Summer School ”Advocacy and migration policies”


International Summer School "Advocacy and Migration Policies", Bucharest, 24 - 28 July 2017


MONDAY, 24 JULY 2017         

Dr. Deniz Şenol Sert, Özyeğin University, Istanbul




Deniz Senol Sert is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Ozyegin University, Istanbul. Before joining OzU, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Migration Research Center, Koç University, Istanbul. An expert on migration issues in Turkey and globally, she has taught and researched at several institutions domestically and abroad. She received her BA in International Relations from Koç University, an MSc in European Union Policy Making from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil in Political Science from the City University of New York. She gained her PhD in Comparative Politics from the City University of New York; her thesis title was: The Property Rights of Conflict-Induced Internally Displaced People: Ideals, Realities, Lessons. She is the author and co-editor of three books: Borders Under Stress: The Cases of Turkey-EU and Mexico-USA Borders, Migration and Transformation: Multi-Level Analysis of Migrant Transnationalism, and Property Rights of Internally Displaced Persons: Ideals and Realities. She has published extensively on international migration within Turkey.


Dr. Sarah Louise Nash, Sabanci Univeristy, Istanbul


Sarah Louise Nash is a 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University and an associated postdoctoral researcher in the research group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the University of Hamburg. She received her PhD in political science in January 2017 from the University of Hamburg with a thesis titled ‘From Cancun to Paris: an era of policymaking on the migration and climate change nexus’. She also holds an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics (University of Glasgow), an MA in German and Politics (University of Edinburgh) and a BA in Political Science (University of Vienna). She is currently conducting research on the politics of climate change and human mobility in the context of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Her research interests include climate change politics and policy, human mobilities, human rights, discourse analysis, and critical border studies.


Ms. Radostina Pavlova, Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria Advocacy in migration policies


Radostina Pavlova is a Legal Expert and Advocacy Officer at the Center for Legal Aid  - Voice in Bulgaria (CLA). The CLA is a non-governmental organization based in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded in 2009 with the mission to promote the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, through pro bono legal consultations and court representation, as well as through advocacy and research. Prior to joining the CLA in 2014, Radostina has worked as a Policy Analyst and Programme Advisor in the areas of immigration, integration and multiculturalism for the Canadian federal government. She also has worked as a counselor at legal aid clinics in Toronto, Canada, in the areas of refugee and immigration law, criminal law and worker compensation rights. She holds Master’s degrees in Immigration and Settlement Studies and Russian and East European Studies, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. Radostina has published a number of articles and research papers related to issues of migration and human rights, most recently: “Who Gets Detained?” Final Report from the project “Increasing the transparency and accountability of Bulgaria’s detention practices of asylum seekers and migrants” (with B. Dimitrov and D. Radoslavova), “Central and East European Countries as Transit or Final Destinations of Migrant and Refugee Flows in Europe – Trends, Causes and Social Impact from the Bulgarian Perspective” (with D. Radoslavova), Problems of Social Policy 31(4) 2015, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2015; and “The New Powers of the SAR to Detain Asylum Seekers Create Risks of Arbitrariness”, Legal World, 20.10.2015 (In Bulgarian).



Ms. Corina Dragomirescu, The Advocacy Academy Timisoara


Corina DRAGOMIRESCU is an engineer with a broad experience in research, policy analysis and technical assistance in the field of public policies. After 1990 she was eager to get involved in building democracy in Romania. She was involved as a consultant for civil society in regulating the free access to public information, and the transparency of public administration decisions. In 2002, she was one of the founders of the Advocacy Academy Timisoara, a think-thank aiming to improve public policies through advocacy campaigns. She developed and implemented several projects aiming to increase the civil society abilities and skills to participate in the public decision process.  As a vocational trainer, she delivered advocacy sessions in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia Hertegovina, Moldova, Ucraine, Belarus and Romania. She was selected as an alternate representative in European Economic and Social Council (EESC), between 2007 – 2015. She is also involved as an alternate representative in Romanian Economic and Social Council, between 2017 – 2022. Besides having practical experience in advocacy, Corina is also a public person in Timisoara, her opinion being asked and listened by the local stakeholders. 

TUESDAY, 25 JULY 2017               

Prof. Bruce Leimsidor, University of Venice

Bruce Leimsidor has, for over a decade, taught European asylum law at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. He has been concurrently counselor for asylum affairs in the Venice municipality’s program for asylum seekers. Prior to his positions in Venice, he was a senior resettlement expert at UNHCR’s central resource center in Nairobi, Kenya, covering east and central Africa. He has also served as director of the US State Department’s Overseas Processing Entity in Vienna, Austria, the central office covering US refugee admissions through Central Europe, and was the director of the Central European office of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). He has taught at the American University, Paris; Oberlin College; Occidental College; and Indiana University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on immigration and asylum and has also published on this topic in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and in major European dailies.


Dr. Sean Christopher Anderson, Wayne State University, USA

Sean Christopher Anderson is a scholar of comparative politics whose work focuses on the intersection of the politics of electoral survival and domestic institution building. Specifically, his work examines differences among the manners in which dialogues on asylum reception, adjudication, and decision are used politically by elites within advanced democratic receiving countries, and the frequently counterintuitive effects that these various dialogues display regarding asylum outcomes. He has taught in comparative politics and in the philosophy of the social sciences, and he is currently working with recently resettled refugees in Northern California. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University.

Ms. Carolina Marin - Senior Protection Associate, UNHCR Romania

Carolina Marin is the Senior Protection Associate with the UNHCR Office in Romania, where she covers several areas ranging from access to the territory and asylum procedures, quality of asylum procedures, integration and statelessness. Before UNHCR, Carolina worked as the Programs Manager and, later on, as the Director of a Bucharest-based NGO – ACCEPT – where she focused on equality work and more specifically LGBTI rights.

She collaborated, in various capacities, with Medecins du Monde France, Migration Policy Group (Belgium) and the European Network of Statelessness, as well as with a number of NGOs at national level. At national level, Carolina has worked extensively in legislative lobby and advocacy and in training-provision in the fields of migration and refugee rights for various professional groups. 



Dr. Dragoș Radu, King’s College London

Dragos Radu joined King’s College London in January 2017 from the Institute of East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg) where he was a postdoctoral fellow in economics. He was previously a teaching fellow in economics at UCL (SSEES), a research fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (London), the University of Edinburgh and the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.

His research interests are in labour and international economics. He works on the economic and political impacts of international migration and participated in policy evaluation studies for the DWP, HMRC and the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. He holds a PhD in economics from King’s and teaches intermediate econometrics and international economics.





Dr. Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s Univeristy, London


Ibrahim Sirkeci is Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing & Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies at Regent's University London ( Sirkeci is graduate of Bilkent (BA), Sheffield (PhD), and UCL (PGCert). He has widely published on migration, ethnicity, conflict, labour markets, transnational marketing and remittances. His current research projects focuses on remittances, migration and conflict relationship, integration of migrants, migrants and labour market disadvantages in the UK, transnational consumers and transnational market entry, and research reputation and business school choice. He has carried out research on migration and minorities in the UK, Turkey, Iraq, Germany, Romania, and Norway and his research has been funded by many organisations including the World Bank, Higher Education Academy, British Academy, European Commission and Ria Money Transfer among others.
His books include Turkish Migration, Identity and Integration (TPL, 2015), Little Turkey in Great Britain (TPL, 2016), Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers (Springer, 2013), Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (The World Bank, 2012, with J. Cohen and D. Ratha) and Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (University of Texas Press, 2012, with J. Cohen), and The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006).
Prof Sirkeci is editor of several journals including Migration Letters, and Remittances Review
( Sirkeci has been a regular contributor to international conferences and he chairs The Migration Conference series ( since 2012. Personal website:





Dr. Alvaro Martinez Perez, University of Scheffield



Álvaro Martínez-Pérez  is Lecturer in Comparative Social Research Methods at the Department of Sociological Studies (University of Sheffield). He has a PhD in Applied Social and Economic Research (ISER, University of Essex) and is a Doctor-Member of the Juan March Institute (CEACS). He also holds a Masters in Social Sciences (Juan March Institute), a MSc in Political Science and International Relations (UAM), and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (UCM).
His previous work experience includes Research Associate for the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Management School (University of Sheffield). Prior to joining the University of Sheffield he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Organisational Analysis (Universitat de Barcelona) and Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy). During his postgraduate studies he was a visiting student at Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and the European University Institute.
His research interests include family sociology, economics of the family, migration, social stratification, electoral behaviour and management. He has specialised in econometric and quantitative methods for the analysis of large scale and complex datasets. He has published on these topics several articles, monographs and book chapters.


Dr. Victor Cebotari, University of Maastricht - "Migration, the context of origin and those left-behind"



Victor Cebotari (PhD Maastricht University) is currently affiliated with Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (Maastricht University) and the United Nations University (MERIT Institute) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is also a senior researcher at the Social Policy Research Institute (SPRI) in Brussels. During his career, Dr. Cebotari received several research awards, including, among others a DAAD-Leibniz, an Ernst Mach, and two Marie Curie fellowships. During his career, Dr. Cebotari has advised different international agencies, including, among others UNICEF, UNDP, NORFACE, NWO, the World Bank and the ILO. He is involved in teaching, as coordinator and lecturer, in a number of courses at Maastricht University, UNU-MERIT, and the University of Mauritius. Dr. Cebotari's current research interests revolves around topics of migration and transnational families, with a focus on child well-being.


Dr. Bogdan Voicu, Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life; „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu



Bogdan Voicu is senior researcher I with the Romanian Academy, the Research Institute for Quality of Life. Bogdan Voicu is founding member of the Romanian Quantitative Studies Association, member of the Romanian Group for Studying Social Values, principal investigator for Romanian World Values Survey, part of the Romanian Election Studies’ team. He published 44 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 authored books, 5 edited books, one edited journal issue, 39 chapters in books, 49 reports (authored, coordinated or co-authored). The best-known journals where he published are European Sociological Review, Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Current Sociology, Social Indicators Research, etc. Bogdan Voicu’s main research topic is related to value formation and change studied in the context of international migration. His current work shows that immigrants and returnees mix cultural influences, due to socialization and institutionalization processes in transnational interplay. More information can be found on his website:


Dr. Ana-Maria Preoteasa, Research Institute for Quality of Life (TBC)

Ana Maria Preoteasa, Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Bucharest, 2009), is a senior researcher with the Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy.

Her expertise regards the areas of quality of life, employment and social policy. She was involved in several national and international research projects regarding employment quality and policies, poverty and vulnerable groups. She is author or co-author of more than 25 articles, chapters and books. 


FRIDAY, 28 JULY 2017

Dr. Roxana Bărbulescu, University of Leeds



Roxana Barbulescu is Academic University Fellow in New Migrations in UK and Europe. She holds a PhD in Social and Political Studies from the European University Institute in Florence. She has a Master of Research from the European University Institute and a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Humanities from the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. For her undergraduate studies, she read Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Craiova, Romania. 
Before joining the University of Leeds, Roxana has been a Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, the ENT Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus in Poland and University of Sheffield. 

Roxana’s research interests are migrants’ rights, freedom of movement and immigration control, immigrant integration, citizenship, attitudes towards immigrants and Roma, and unaccompanied minors. Her research focuses on immigrant integration, citizenship, migrants and minorities’ rights, immigration control and EU freedom of movement, and anti-discrimination. Her work has been published in Migration Studies, Politique européenne and Perspectives on European Society and Politics. Roxana is the Co-director of Migration News, Associate Editor of Investment Migration Papers and Country Expert at EUDO Citizenship Observatory.

Corina Tulbure, Journalist Público, Spain


Corina Tulbure works like a journalist for Spanish media, reporting on the migration in Spain and other countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, etc). She hold a PhD in Discourse Analysis field in University of Barcelona. (2016) She also worked with undocumented people for NGOs based in Barcelona.


Ms. Beatrice Kabutakapua, University of Sussex - Image of African communities. Invisible cities


President of the social enterprise Balobeshayi, Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua is a freelance journalist, producer and researcher in the field of migration from Africa with a focus on the Diaspora and its integration in urban spaces (The Guardian, L’Espresso, Radio France International). She is a PhD candidate at Univeristy of Sussex. Her work in Europe include trainings, intercultural dialogue workshops, research and media production on migration. She was awarded the Melograno Award for Female Intercultural Project for the co-production of the documentary series (IN)VISIBLE CITIES, the IJNET Journalist of the Month Award and the Intercultural-Multicultural Award of Rome Municipality. (IN)VISIBLE CITIES is a docu-film on African communities stories in 13 cities of the world. In her role of President of the social enterprise Balobeshayi, based in Rome she focuses on video production, training and consultancy on migration.






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The Call for applications to the CDCDI summer school in Bucharest closed on 30 April 2017. Please note that the applications received after this date will not be considered for evaluation.

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