2nd EUniWell Summer School on Migration and Diversity in European Cities

The 2023 EUniWell Summer School on Migration and Diversity in European Cities (MADEINEUROPE) will bring together postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level), practitioners and internationally renowned academics in the field to explore the frontiers of migration and diversity research.

Migrants have formed a substantial part of many European societies for centuries. Yet, over the past three decades, the size, speed, and spread of human mobility has grown in significance.

These accelerated changes are transforming local communities and the dynamics and politics of diversity at destination, as well as at origin. Cities are the primary destination of migrants and where migration-driven diversity is occurring at a faster pace. They are also strategic sites for the formation of new types of identities and communities that stretch across national borders and new political subjects and possibilities of social transformation.

At the 2023 MADEINEUROPE Summer School on Migration and Diversity in European Cities, we approach these changes and dynamics through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion. The Summer School is organised by six European universities part of the EUniWell Network and led by Professor Nando Sigona, director of the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity.

The Summer School will take place from 29 May to 30 June 2023 and includes online lectures, seminars, workshops and mentoring and a final in-person event in Nantes (France) on 29-30 June 2023. 

Event overview

Topics will include the politics of diversity in European cities; the European governance of asylum and immigration; social work, precarious work and labour exploitation; anti-racist activism and the alliances and solidarities between migrants and non-migrants; historical perspectives on migration, diversity and inclusion; the interfaces of migration and urban marginality; the nexus between gender and migration; the role of transnational diasporic connections; the use of participatory and visual methodologies in migration studies and other key topics.

The sessions will adopt lenses from law, anthropology, history, social policy, international relations, human geography, social work, and sociology, and discuss a range of methodological approaches. We will focus primarily on European cities but always be attentive to the transnational connections and global networks that connect them to the world, especially to the Mediterranean region.

Over the course of four weeks, 25 selected participants will access four hours of lectures and live seminars each week, all to take place online. Each participant will receive a one-to-one mentoring session to support their academic and career planning. Students will also be divided into small groups and develop group projects, supported by tutorials with a dedicated mentor.

Participants will be able to meet in-person at a closing workshop and academic conference hosted by the Nantes Université. Groups will present their projects here. Distinguished academic speakers will be announced.

The language of instruction will be English.

Eligibility and how to apply

The Summer School is open to postgraduate students (Masters and PhD level) from law, humanities, social sciences or other related disciplines affiliated to EUniWell universities (University of Birmingham, University of Cologne, University of Florence, Linneaus University, University of Murcia, Nantes Université, Semmelweis University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, and University of Konstanz) and practitioners associated to our EUniWell associated partners.

Please send us your CV and a one-page statement (maximum 500 words) outlining your motivation to apply, your current research interest and/or research experience, and some background information about yourself. You should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in academic work on migration and diversity.

Download the Call for Participants here. Send all documents via the University of Birmingham's online application form
The application deadline is 17 February.

We encourage and welcome the participation of applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.


The course is free to attend. Bursaries contributing to travel and subsistence costs up to €400 will be available for selected participants to attend the final event at the Nantes Université.


MADEINEUROPE is a project in association with and funded by EUniWell, the European University of Well-Being, under its Seed Funding Programme.
Find out more about the project here: https://www.euniwell.eu/what-we-offer/seed-funding-programme/projects-of-the-fourth-seed-funding-call/madeineurope-2-migration-and-diversity-in-european-cities


For further information, please contact MADEINEUROPE Programme Manager Dr Stefano Piemontese, e-mail: s.piemontese[at]bham.ac.uk.