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Recent outreach activities Zvezda Vankova (ESR1): June – October 2016

November 1st, 2016 by Niels

June 2016

In June 2016 Zvezda Vankova participated in the Ius Commune Masterclass at the Law faculty of the University of Amsterdam, where she presented the methodological framework of her PhD. She invited the following two experts to comment on her presentation: dr. Tesseltje de Lange, assistant professor Administrative and Migration Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam, and dr. Simona Vezzoli from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The programme can be found here.


(picture G.Maybaum – ICE Photocompilation Viewing from WNW to East NE, Panoramio)


July – October 2016

Between July and September 2016 Zvezda Vankova did her field research in Sofia, Bulgaria. It involved conducting interviews with Bulgarian policy makers and other stakeholders and focus groups with labour migrants. 18 interviews have been conducted so far and 4 focus groups took place. Throughout her field research Zvezda was supported by the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Bulgarian office of the International Organisation for Migration, which provided valuable contacts for the recruitment of participants and the premises for the focus groups free of charge. Since October 2016, Zvezda is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Migration Research in Warsaw.  She is working on the second phase of her field research, including interviews with Polish stakeholders working in the filed of labour migration and organising focus groups with migrants coming to work in Poland.



19-21 October 2016

Zvezda Vankova took part in the Symposium “New Perspectives on Transnational Living” on 19-21 October, which was held at UNU-MERIT and organised jointly by the IMISCOE standing committee on Interaction of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism (IMITE) and Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). Zvezda presented parts of her PhD in a presentation entitled “Circular migration between the EU and third countries – a legal perspective towards transnational living and working” and linked her work to the transnationalism debate. Her paper was discussed by prof. Godfried Engbersen from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the PhD researcher Lucie Mackova from Palacky Univesrity in the Czech republic. More information about the event can be found here.


(courtesy to Sueli Brodin / UNU-MERIT and Özge Bilgili)

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