Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer

Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT)

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Research on forced migration has received increased attention in recent years. However, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies have not yet been institutionally embedded in the German research landscape. Towards this end, CHREN, together with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies at the University of Osnabrück (IMIS) and the German Development Institute (DIE) has started the Project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer—FFVT”. The project has a duration of five years (2020-2024) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Funded by: BMBF – German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
The FFVT project aims to initiate joint collaborative research, make German Forced Migration and Refugee Studies more visible in the international scientific landscape, establish academic courses and a close exchange between FFVT and science, politics and practice.
FFVT builds on the collaborative research project “Forced Displacement: Research and Transfer (FFT) that was carried out by IMIS and BICC from 2016 to 2019, also funded by the BMBF.
General information on the FFVT-project and the research outcomes of the FFT-project, including the interactive research map, are currently available on the FFT-website:


Margaret Monyani

Margaret is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen Nürnberg (CHREN), Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. She is also a Sessional lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa where she attained a Doctorate in International Relations in 2021. Her Doctoral research focused on the global dynamics associated with refugee governance from an African standpoint by focusing on the ethnographic experiences of Somali refugee women in Nairobi, Kenya. It examined the critical links between Kenya’s securitisation regime, the resultant vulnerabilities it produces, and Somali refugee women’s everyday resistance to the state surveillance and discrimination. Prior to that, she had completed a Masters in International Relations from Moi University, Kenya, where she left with a distinction. She is a versatile, early career researcher and author with skills in execution of academic and policy research projects as well as leadership experience ranging from civil society to academic spheres. Margaret is also a research affiliate with the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), University of London where she doubles as a reviewer of the RLI Working Paper Series

Khangelani Moyo

Khangelani Moyo is an Independent Researcher and a Research Fellow at the department of Sociology, University of the Free State, South Africa. He has a background in migration studies, urban studies, sociology, and social anthropology. His research interests include migration management, refugee governance, migrant transnationalism, spatial identity in the city and social vulnerabilities in the urban peripheries. He is currently an FFVT fellow at the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen Nürnberg (CHREN). As part of his fellowship at CHREN, he focuses on refugee integration in Germany.