How to Do Migration Research

9781035306848 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF), Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and Daniela Vintila, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 684 8 Extent: 218 pp
This book provides a toolkit for tackling the fundamental questions and challenges in planning and conducting migration research. It illustrates not only how to develop rigorous methodological procedures, but also how to effectively disseminate research findings to both academics and practitioners.

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This book provides a toolkit for tackling the fundamental questions and challenges in planning and conducting migration research. It illustrates not only how to develop rigorous methodological procedures, but also how to effectively disseminate research findings to both academics and practitioners.

Analyzing diverse disciplinary perspectives from across the field of migration studies, this book identifies valuable practical approaches to studying human mobility. Chapters cover key features of migration research including contested concepts, mixed-methods approaches, archival data collection and intersectional, ethical research design. Contributing authors show that migration issues are intertwined with complex power dynamics and increasing inequalities that define contemporary societies. They critically examine cutting-edge issues in the field, from the use of social media and public opinion data to the design of indices and indicators.

How to Do Migration Research is a vital resource for human mobility researchers seeking to refine their analytical skills and learn impactful publishing strategies. Highlighting the multidisciplinary nature of the field, it is also an excellent guide for students and scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography and political science seeking a gateway into migration research.
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‘In the context of an expanded body of research on migration. How to Do Migration Research stands out as a vital tool for both beginners and experienced researchers. The book provides a comprehensive guide to equip researchers with the tools necessary to navigate the diverse landscape of migration research, cutting across disciplinary backgrounds, methodological paradigms and regional contexts. The list of contributors combines top scholars in the field with promising young scholars, ensuring that the book has current relevance and can continue to be a guide for migration researchers well into the future.’
– Carlos Vargas-Silva, University of Oxford, UK

‘In two dozen trenchant, wise, and instructive essays, leading research practitioners ponder the nuts and bolts of doing immigration research. Valuable both as an instructional tool and a guide for new scholars entering (and succeeding in) the field, it contains a wealth of hard-won lessons.’
– John Mollenkopf, Graduate Center, City University of New York, US

‘A must-read primer for those conducting research on migration. It walks the reader through the entire process from the design of the research strategy to the publishing and dissemination of results. This remarkable collection of essays also poses important questions about scholars’ methodological, epistemological, and ethical choices. As such, it is a refreshing invitation to revisit professional practices within migration studies.’
– Ana Margheritis, National Council for Scientific and Technological Research, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina

‘This book delivers on its promise. It is not simply another collection of different perspectives in migration studies, but a guide on how to do migration research. 22 concise chapters written by some of the most experienced scholars cover all practical questions that those who enter this field must consider. A comprehensive introduction and a great source for teaching!’
– Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Italy

‘Packed with insights from leading scholars, this book equips researchers at all levels with the tools to navigate the complexities of migration research. It is a must read for anyone passionate about understanding the dynamics of human migration, mobility and displacement.’
– Alan Gamlen, Australian National University, Australia

‘Migration studies is a highly dynamic field that attracts a wide range of researchers with different methodological backgrounds. This book, which brings together the research experience of 28 brilliant scholars from various parts of the world, representing different perspectives and research disciplines, is a recipe for success. How to Do Migration Research offers a rare breadth of knowledge on the epistemologies and conceptualisations of migration research. Equally importantly, it is a treasury of practical advice on how to conduct insightful and impactful migration research, as each chapter complements theoretical considerations with discussion of the latest research methodologies and findings.’
– Paweł Kaczmarczyk, University of Warsaw, Poland

Introduction: doing migration research today as an engaged and
conscientious scholar 1
Ricard Zapata-Barrero and Daniela Vintila

1 Working with contested concepts in migration research 9
Ricard Zapata-Barrero
2 Interdisciplinarity in migration research 17
Jan Rath
3 Intersectional research for migration studies 24
Parvati Raghuram and Gunjan Sondhi
4 Mixed methods: bridging the qualitative–quantitative
divide in migration research 33
Jørgen Carling
5 Migration research beyond the nation state 41
Verena Wisthaler and Mireille Paquet

6 The pros and cons of qualitative research in the field of
migration: some practical tips 49
Justyna Salamońska
7 Multi-sited comparative research designs in migration studies 57
Valentina Mazzucato
8 Ethnographic approaches in migration research 65
Franck Düvell
9 Subjectivity and rigour in the use of qualitative analysis software 73
Guy Drudi and Bob W. White
10 Archival data and migration research 81
Monica Varsanyi

11 Strengths and challenges of quantitative migration
research: some practical aspects 89
Daniela Vintila
12 Surveys in migration research 98
Steffen Pötzschke
13 Experimental migration research 107
Daniel Auer
14 Social media data and migration research 115
Jasper Tjaden
15 Public opinion on international migration in cross-national
surveys 124
Abdeslam Marfouk
16 The design and use of migration indices and indicators 133
Luicy Pedroza and Pau Palop-García

17 Reflexivity in migration research 143
Leila Hadj Abdou
18 Ethical issues in communicating and sharing migration
research findings 151
Christina Clark-Kazak
19 A literature review of migration studies 158
Nathan Levy, Asya Pisarevskaya and Peter Scholten
20 Disseminating migration research findings to the public 172
Ernesto Castañeda
21 Publishing migration research: epistemological challenges
of journal articles 180
Irina Isaakyan
22 Policy-relevant migration research: how to create impact 188
Albert Kraler
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