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Call for Papers: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013

Call for Papers: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013

Abstracts are invited for the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, to be held December 2-3, 2013 at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The conference aims to provide a forum for postgraduate students to present and receive feedback on their work and to network with other researchers working in their area.

Conference theme

The theme of the conference is “Law, Individual, Community”. We invite papers from all areas of law and related fields, including but not limited to commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, critical approaches to law, human rights, intellectual property law, international law, legal theory, and medical law. Possible topics of investigation include:

§  Liberalism versus communitarianism,

§  Problematizing the subject of law (the collective subject, sub-state subjects in international law etc.),

§  Rights and responsibilities, including group rights and indigenous peoples’ rights,

§  Law and the excluded,

§  Community and the welfare state,

§  The role and position of shareholders against the corporation,

§  Corporate social responsibility and corporate governance,

§  The principle of self-determination and sub-state territorial autonomy,

§  The rise of global governance,

§  Community interests and the protection of the environment,

§  Biobanking and participation in medical research,

§  Intellectual property rights and access to medicines.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at LSE, and John Harris, Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester.

Training component

The conference will include three training sessions, seeking to offer participants advice on managing their PhDs, on publishing as early career researchers and on finding their niche in the academic job market.


Prizes will be awarded for the best paper submitted and best presentation at the conference.

Abstract submissions

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and 3-5 keywords are to be submitted to EdLawPhDConference@gmail.com, together with a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) on the author. The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by early September.

More information

More information on the conference can be found on our website: http://lawphdconference.ed.ac.uk.


Calls for Papers: Migration by Boat: theories, politics, and memories (Edited collection)

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Call for chapters: Migration by Boat: theories, politics, and memories – EDITED Collection

Seeking original chapters for a collection tentatively titled, Migration by Boat: theories, politics, and memories, which will explore ocean travel undertaken by refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants as a space and place where cultures intersect, and national boundaries and identities are reshaped, both in painful and creative ways. Migration by boat can symbolically be aligned with notions of deterritorialization that often support fears, yet also allow for renegotiations of identity, memory and feelings. Contributions from a multidisciplinary cohort are welcome. Authors are encouraged to submit provocative original writing (conceptual, empirical or theoretical) that emphasize how migration by boat is remembered and represented; effects individual and social or cultural identity; and challenges or reinforces cultural or social structures. Deadline for abstracts of 500-750 words, together with a short CV including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field is September 30, 2013.

Unregulated movements of people via ocean voyages are often viewed as threatening to the solidarity of the national spaces that they arrive in, so much so that these arrivals have the power to wash away humanitarian sentiments. Increasingly, scholars are attempting to understand how “transnational flows of people, media and commodities” (Escobar 2001) can be viewed outside of standard dualistic terms and away from clear-cut juxtapositions of citizen/stranger, land/water, and victim/threat. Symbolically, boats can be viewed as spaces and places where hopes and fears along with “poetics and politics are mobilized” (Perera 2013). In this context, boats carrying asylum seekers, refugees, and illegal immigrants not only move people and cultural capital between places, but also fuel cultural fantasies, dreams of adventure and hope, along with fears of invasion and terrorism. Oceanic voyages also represent liminal periods were human beings are “betwixt and between” (Turner 1969) real lives and national identities, nevertheless, communities are formed and relationships are fostered while en route.

Possible themes (not a restrictive list) might include:

.         How are arrivals of asylum seekers by boat represented in media portrayals, visually or discursively?

.         Symbolic and emotional elements related to migration by boat.

.         Rethinking place and space in relation to bodies of water.

.         The effects of migration by boat on identity in relation to gender, race, class, etc.

.         Narratives and memories related to forced migration and travel by boat?

.         The “boat” as saviour/home/refuge, and conversely, the “boat” as traumatic experience.

.         How have representations of migrations by boat shifted with the digital revolution?

.         Have representations of migrations by boat changed in the era of globalization?

.         How can the elusive nature of travel by boat be compared to, or juxtaposed the elusive nature of memory.

.         Trauma and migration through ocean passages. How is this narrated, visualized and politicized?

.         The intersections of identity, nation, citizenship and ocean travel.

.         Travel by boat as a mediator of personal, social and/or cultural transformation, in both modern and historical contexts.

.         Representations of migration by boat in popular culture, movies, literature, art, performances etc.

Chapter Details:

Chapters should be written in English and should not have been previously been published. Each final chapter will be between 6,000-7500 words (including references). Images are welcome. However, authors will be responsible for obtaining all rights for the publication of photographs etc. as well as research interviews that were undertaken (forms will be provided later).


September 30, 2013: Send abstracts of 500-750 words, together with a short CV including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field.

December 15, 2013: Acceptance letters will be sent to authors.

May 30, 2014: Submission of chapters.

Please submit all expressions of interest and abstracts/CVs to lyndamannik@trentu.ca Preferably with the subject line: Migration by Boat

About the Author:

Dr. Lynda Mannik is a Visiting Assistant Professor in cultural anthropology at Trent University. She recently published Photography, Memory and Refugee Identity: the voyage of the S.S. Walnut, 1948 with the University of British Columbia Press. Through memories and photographs it explores the experiences of Estonian refugees, who migrated from Sweden to Canada in search of a safe haven after Stalin occupied their homeland. Their 32-day voyage across the Atlantic is central to understanding how identity and memories shift in conjunction with the in-between spaces that are created through forced migration and across geographical spaces. Mannik has also co-edited a volume titled, Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Representation and Visual Media, which looks at how representations of Canadian bodies are constructed and performed within the context of visual and discursive mediated content (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2014). Her chapter compares two photographic portrayals in the Canadian press, the arrival of the Walnut in 1948 and the arrival of the Amelie in 1987, to demonstrate how refugees’ bodies are used to visually promote timely state ideologies, and also to establish and control types of ‘ethnic others’ that are granted inclusion. Mannik is also the author of Canadian Indian Cowboys in Australia: Representation, Rodeo and the RCMP at the Royal Easter Show, 1939 (University of Calgary Press, 2006) and has published in Visual Studies, and Memory Studies. Information about the IASFM can be found at http://www.iasfm.org

Calls for papers: RSC International Conference: Refugee voices, March 2014

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The Refugee Studies Centre International Conference will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state.

The Conference will bring together scholars from across the social sciences and researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities to look beyond the nation state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees and other forced migrants themselves. Among the themes to be explored are historical and cultural sources and meanings of flight, exile and forced migration, as well as the significance of encampment, enclosures and forced settlement.

Conference papers are sought which recognise and investigate unheard voices of forced migrants who exhibit adaptability, resilience and resistance in the ‘grey zones’ and borderlands between states and state bureaucracies.

Most academic disciplines, including refugee studies, and humanitarian practices adopt the nation-state’s perspective in their approach to forced migrants. People must be tied to territory, and thus humanitarian practices are frequently about re-settlement either in the state of origin, the state of current emplacement or a third nation-state. However, the current realities of displacement situations do not support either current forced migration theory or most humanitarian aid practices, and an epistemological change in thinking about forced migrants, exiles and refugees is urgently required.

Some of the questions which might be addressed at the Conference include: Under what circumstances do refugees, exiles and forced migrants leave a nation state that is collapsing? How do they cope with existence outside the nation state? How are resilience and resistance to the ‘bare life’ of the refugee and exile expressed across different refugee experiences? What mechanisms and mediums are used to express loss, perseverance and hope? How do they perceive their futures and manipulate existing systems outside the nation state to achieve their goals of dignity, justice and freedom (i.e. well-being)? Abstracts are sought which investigate, among others, the following modes of expression:

Cultural expression: e.g. aesthetic expression through art, music, literature, story-telling; contextualising our understanding of refugee experiences.

Socio-Legal and Political expression: e.g. refugees’ preferences not to be put in camps (Syria), or their preferences for durable solutions (e.g. when should repatriation happen for refugees from Burma).

Methodological/Ethical  expression: e.g. the crucial role that refugees play in facilitating academic work (as translators, research assistants – but rarely as authors/academics); explorations of  methodological concerns and research ethics such as  that raised by ‘second-hand’ ethnography.

Meanings of voice: e.g. the need not only for articulation but also for dialogue/conversation; the difference between having voice and being heard – soliciting refugees’ voices is one dimension but genuinely listening to what those voices say is a much deeper phenomenological process.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2013. Authors of abstracts which are selected to proceed to full papers will have until 28 February 2014 to submit their final drafts. The conference organisers intend to edit and publish a selection of papers in special issues of leading journals. An interest in having a paper published should be indicated at the time of submission of the abstract. Other initiatives to share the outcomes of the conference papers and events with those whose voices have been sought will also be developed.

View call for papers on the RSC website: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/rsc-international-conference-2014

Submit your abstract/register for the conference: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/rsc-international-conference-2014-registration


Events: Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford Refugee rights: beyond the 1954 Convention Yakin Ertürk

Date: 05:00pm, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Presenter/Convenor: Professor Yakin Ertürk

Location: Holywell Music room, Holywell Street, Oxford

About Yakin Ertürk

Yakın Ertürk (Turkey) received a PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1980. She served as a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey (Sept 1986-Oct 2010).

In addition to her academic career she has worked for various national and international agencies on rural development and women in development projects (1986-2003) and provided training to public and civil actors on human rights and development issues. She also undertook numerous international assignments, including as:

  • Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Oct 1997-Feb 1999); . Director of The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York (Mar 1999-Oct 2001); . UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (SRVAW) (2003-2006); .Member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry of the June 2010 events in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan (Oct 2010-April 2011); . Member of the International Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic of the UN Human Rights Council (12 Sept 2011-23 Mar 2012).

In her capacity as the SRVAW she undertook 17 country visits at the invitation of the governments concerned. Since November 2009 she has been serving on the Council of Europe, Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

Register for the event: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/harrell-bond-registration-2013


Calls for Papers: Forced Migration Review issue 46 on ‘Faith-based organisations and responses to displacement’

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Forced Migration Review issue 46 – to be published in April 2014 – will include a feature on ‘Faith-based organisations and responses to displacement’.


Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 9th December 2013


Individuals and organisations inspired by their faith or religion to assist people in need have long played important roles in humanitarian assistance. They are – from the point of view of the recipients of assistance – in most ways no different from others who provide assistance, and yet they are sometimes seen, and sometimes want to be seen, as different.


Moreover, many of the world’s conflicts have a faith or religious dimension which potentially complicates the work of faith-based humanitarian actors and their reception or acceptance by local communities and displaced people; secular organisations may also find that they lack an aspect that is important to those whom they wish to help. However, there is little written for a wide audience about actual experiences and how communities and organisations deal with the interfaces between faiths and rights, protection, needs and assistance.

See full call for articles at www.fmreview.org/faith

The FMR editors invite reflective, analytical and practice-oriented submissions about faith-based or faith-inspired humanitarian activities focusing on situations of forced displacement and addressing questions such as the following:

. What is it about faith that inspires humanitarian response? Does this affect cooperation or partnership with non-faith-based agencies and/or with agencies taking their inspiration from different faiths?

. Is there any conflict between the human rights approach to assistance and protection for forced migrants and an approach based on faith claims, particularly in respect of humanitarian norms, standards and accountability?

. Do displaced persons potentially identify with and/or trust organisations inspired by faith more than secular organisations?

. Do some groups of displaced people prioritise a match between their own faith and that of the providers of assistance, or vice versa?

. Do faith-based agencies ever implement assistance in a discriminatory way or link it to activities designed to proselytise? If so, how do they justify this?

. What expectations do affected people have of faith-based organisations? Are faith-based organisations better placed to implement assistance in a more holistic fashion and, if so, what are their advantages?

. Are there ways in which their faith can be a barrier to some kinds of assistance work? Is the provision of some forms of assistance hindered by some beliefs or faith cultures and, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

.What are the potential advantages and challenges of faith-based organisations providing assistance to different members of displaced groups, including women and children, older people, and sexual, ethnic and national minorities? In what respect, if any, do faith-based organisations – and in particular local faith-based organisations – have comparative advantages available to no other governmental, non-governmental or inter-governmental agency in immediate, mid-term or long-term responses?

. What challenges do faith-based organisations face as providers of humanitarian assistance?

. What challenges should secular (non-faith-based) providers of humanitarian assistance recognise as potentially resulting from their secular nature?

. What steps are being taken or could be taken to a) improve the role, practice, behaviour or approaches of faith-based organisations in humanitarian response, and b) improve cooperation and collaboration between faith-based organisations and between faith-based and other organisations?

We are looking for examples of good, replicable practice and experience as well as sound analysis of the issues at stake. We are particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by these questions.

Please note that this issue of FMR will not address the issue of religions as contributory causes of conflict or displacement.

Deadline for submission of articles: 9th December 2013

Maximum length of article for submission: 2,500 words Please note that space is always at a premium in FMR and that published articles are usually shorter than this maximum length.  Your article, if accepted for publication, may well be shortened but you will of course be consulted about any editing changes.

If you plan to submit an article, please consult our Guide for authors at www.fmreview.org/writing-fmr  and, if possible, let us know in advance what particular aspect/s you propose to write about; email us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

We also welcome articles on other subjects relating to forced migration for consideration for publication in the ‘general articles’ section of the issue.

We would be grateful if you would forward this email to those whom you think might be interested in the theme. For details for other forthcoming issues, please see http://www.fmreview.org/forthcoming

If your contact details have recently changed, or if you would like us to remove you from our email alerts list, please let us know. Thank you.

With apologies for any cross-posting of this message.

Best wishes

Marion Couldrey & Maurice Herson
FMR Editors

Call for Papers: Post-Soviet Diasporas, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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Call for Papers:

Post-Soviet Diasporas: Identities, Linkages, and Transformations
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
March 20-21, 2014

Conference hosted bythe Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies Metropolis Migration and Diaspora Studies The Magna Fund for Russian Studies

The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Metropolis, Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University, generously supported by the Magna Fund for Russian Studies, are seeking proposals for a joint conference: Post-Soviet Diasporas: Identities, Linkages and Transformations – to be held at Carleton University, March 20 and 21, 2014.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has transformed the map of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Constance social uncertainty, economic turbulence and the emergence of fragile states provoked migration and mobility processes that were in many ways unexpected and unprecedented. This dispersal of ethnic groups across the region and throughout the world at once reflects and drives global patterns of mobility, investment, and social and economic development in the 21st century.

We invite proposals from all relevant disciplines including history, sociology, political science, geography, economics and public policy that address the broader themes of this conference. The overarching goal is to identify and assess the effects of the activities of post-Soviet diasporas in Europe, North America and other host states and to understand better the economic, political, social and cultural relationships of these diasporas with their kin in their homelands.

We are particularly interested in papers that consider the following themes:

. From émigrés to diasporas: the discourses of identity transformation.

. Old and new – post-Soviet diasporas in North America and Europe: searching for common ground.

. Russian diasporas: their impact on the greater post-Soviet space.

. Remittances and the economic, political, and social impact of diasporas in their home states.

. Ethnic policy and diasporas regulation in modern Russia.

. Global mobility and linkages, including the relationship of international organizations, transnational corporations, think tanks, academic research projects and other networks and initiatives to diasporas groups.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals from researchers working in former Soviet countries as well as Western Europe and North America. The conference is aimed to create an open research network for studying diasporas communities and their dynamics, mobility, and linkages. Comparative papers that address multiple countries or regions and papers with interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

Applicants should submit a proposal of 300 words and a short CV of 2-3 pages by October 1, 2013 to: milana.nikolko@carleton.ca , mnikolko@gmail.com

Proposals should specify how the paper will address the themes of the conference.

Initial selections will be made by November 1, 2013. Final papers (10-12 pages) will be due three weeks before the conference. They will be pre-circulated among the participants.

A select number of papers is expected to be submitted to the independently peer-reviewed series “Review of European and Russian Affairs (RERA)”, “Canadian Journal for Foreign Policy (CJFP)”and “Mobility and Politics” (Palgrave Macmillan).

Organizing Committee of the Conference:

Jeff Sahadeo, Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Howard Duncan, Executive Head of Metropolis, Martin Geiger, Banting Fellow, Migration and Diaspora Studies.

The Magna Fund for Russian Studies will provide some funding to cover travel expenses for authors invited to present their papers in Ottawa, Canada. For further information, contact: milana.nikolko@carleton.ca.

Milana Nikolko
Conference Organiser





Call for Papers: African Geographical Review: Critical Geographic Perspectives on the State of Forced Migration in Africa

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African Geographical Review: Special Issue Call for Papers:

Out of Place, Into Extremis:

Critical Geographic Perspectives on the State of Forced Migration in Africa

Guest Editors:

Kevin M. DeJesus
Rhode Island College

Daisuke Maruyama
University of Kyoto

This special issue of African Geographical Review seeks to provide a comprehensive, contemporary compendium of perspectives on forced migration across the African continent. This initiative draws from critical geographical analytical frameworks to elucidate the experiences, dilemmas, trends and interventions in the experience of internally displaced persons, refugees and refugee returnees from every sector of the continent.

This special issue is conceived of as an analytical and empirical resource for which those scholars across disciplines, refugee advocates and humanitarian professionals may utilize to further apprehend the great complexities of the human geographies of survival forcibly displaced persons engender in their quest to locate spaces of refuge. Indeed, as Feminist Critical Geographer Jennifer Hyndman noted so presciently over a decade ago, the very acts of mobility/immobility, border crossings and the pursuit of humanitarian supports amidst grave circumstances, is both immensely spatialized and politicized.1 Displaced persons endure complex ecological, political, sociological and material factors which shape the making of new geographies of everyday life amidst often dreadful conditions.

This special issue intends to center geographic thought and analysis in the critical assessment of policy and practice concerning refugee and IDP policy-making, humanitarian intervention, contexts of contested borders of selves and nations, local reception and the challenges of return and reintegration. The geographies of return and so-called reintegration encompass profoundly vital questions and problematics, across scales, whereas making place upon returning to a home perhaps only known long ago, if ever, often engenders new dislocations.

The spectrum of the experiences of flight to return are inherently, dynamically and vitally geographical, and therefore, it is the goal of this special issue to comprehensively consider this wide range of human experiences and processes that displaced persons often creatively contend with in the face of sharply-scaled social, economic and political barriers, borders and bureaucracies.

Papers concerning the following themes, and those others related to the critical geographies of forced migration on the continent are welcome. Particularly, scholars from the continent are encouraged to participate in this project.

-Scaling injustice: Critiques of country-specific refugee and IDP policy approaches/macro-level critiques of global refugee regimes, aid to refugees/IDPs in Africa; -Paradoxes, Problematics and Purpose in the Production of Humanitarian Space: Critical approaches to refugee and IDP encampment as a spatial strategy of humanitarian management and the role of the nation-state; -National citizens and Pan-African Approaches: Forced migration and the role of national borders in forcibly transnational lives amidst a quest for unified policy (i.e. 2009 African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons); -Protecting Self and Place: Transit refugees, geographies of resources, and resistance to forced re-location; -Making sacred space: The role of religion, the religio-political and religiously inspired actors in humanitarian aid provision and social-psychological needs in extremis; Livelihoods and Resources: Refugee/IDP encampments, ecological change and resource development/destruction: innovations in policy and practice; -Spatial analysis, crisis mapping, and human rights of the displaced: Reflections on Africa; -Spaces of change: Cultural anomie, coping and emergent social practices in everyday spaces of living refuge (i.e. refugee/IDP encampment and shifts in dowry practices); -Re-inventing home: Spaces of the family and the experience of flight, long-term displacement and re-location; -Spatializing social structure and communities dislocated: Social organization and re-organization in emergency and long-term spaces of refuge; -The experience of displacement and how gender works: Women and men in the meeting of everyday material and social needs amidst shifting contexts of place; -Spatial organization of social spaces of refuge: Re-conceiving of refugee encampment and the humanitarian spatial imagination; -Social and Dynamic Network Analysis in Place and Policy: How does social/dynamic network analysis theory and data-generation methods, such as ORA, contribute to the geographic study of forced migration and its human dilemmas? -Urban and Rural Spaces of Refuge: Critical mappings of urban and rural implacement of displaced persons, macro-urban refugee policy, informal spaces of refuge and localizing community solidarity and proximity, urban and rural livelihood resources.

Key Project Details:

Please send your abstract of 250 words, by October 30, 2013, with the subject line: “AGR Special Issue” to: kevinm.dejesus@gmail.com Selected manuscripts are due by: January 3, 2014

For authors guidelines, please see:



Call for Abstracts: Hyogo Framework for Action (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)

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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is issuing a Call for Abstracts as part of the development of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15). The GAR15 will be published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, in which governments will adopt a successor framework to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

The purpose of this Call for Abstracts is to encourage more research investigating the degree to which the HFA has been fit-for-purpose in affecting change in the management of disaster risk, and in so doing, contribute to both the formulation of the successor framework to the HFA (the HFA2), as well as the development of indicators for effectively measuring the impact of the forthcoming framework.

UNISDR seeks input papers to the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15) that present research, oriented by indicator, addressing the following issues:

* What changes have been observed since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, and what has been the impact in terms of risk to society

* To what degree has change been facilitated by the HFA or other emerging drivers of effective disaster risk management

* Determine if the change was adequately captured by the indicator in its current form and if not propose an alternative impact indicator

* What elements will need to be developed for inclusion in the successor framework to the HFA

To date, research has principally been limited to an analysis of progress in implementing the HFA, based on a factual appraisal of the feedback provided by government and inter-governmental review, as well as major stakeholder groups, against the 22 core indicators of the Priorities for Action of the HFA.  These indicators have thus far encouraged the measurement of inputs as opposed to outputs and impact. The Call therefore seeks to encourage research that examines and provides evidence of change since 2005 through the lens of the 22 core indicators, and investigates the extent to which such change can be attributable to the components of the HFA, or other emerging issues.

* The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 month after the date of the Call (Call date = 6 August 2013).

* Abstracts should be 300 words or less.

* Abstracts are to be submitted to gar15_HFA@un.org using the submission template available at http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/networks/private/hfa-thematic-review/

* Abstracts must be informed by the Call for Abstracts, Guidance Document and the Concept Paper available on the dedicated workspace.

* After review of the abstracts by UNISDR, the Coordinating Organisation and the Coordinating Lead Author, UNISDR will invite successful applicants to develop full GAR15 input papers for submission by the date specified in respective Concept Papers (and by the latest 31 December 2013).

* Input papers will be used by the Coordinating Lead Author to develop GAR15 Background Papers, which will be subjected to both an informal peer review, as well as an external peer review.

A second Call for Abstracts will be issued on 15 September 2013 covering the remaining research areas outlined in the generic Call for Abstracts available on the workspace.

All input papers will be made available online as an annex to GAR15. In addition, UNISDR will coordinate the submission of all final papers to an academic journal for consideration in a special issue focusing on the state of disaster risk management. The use of Input Papers in the development of GAR 15 Background Papers will be at the discretion of the CLA.

Should you require more information contact UNISDR: Rhea Katsanakis (katsanakis@un.org).


Event: UK Migration Statistics User Forum Conference

The Migration Statistics User Forum of the UK Home Office will host a conference on 17th September. Places are filling up quickly; those who would like to attend are encouraged to register ASAP. Details of how to register are below.

Date: 17th September 2013

Where: Home Office HQ, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF Registration from 9:30am.

This day event has been designed to appeal to a wide range of users of migration statistics and relates to the Migration Statistics User Forum’s aims to provide a forum for discussion on migration statistics and to enable users to discuss their needs and use of data and for producers to consult on presentation and changes. It starts with presentations on new developments by both the Office for National Statistics and Home Office, who are the main data providers, followed by a variety of user presentations.

There is no booking fee but to request a place you need to e-mail  MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk, giving your full name, address, daytime contact number, email address (if not the email used) and affiliation.

Please also provide any special dietary requirements. Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. Joining instructions will be provided closer to the date.


10.00-10.10 DAVID BLUNT (Chief Statistician – Home Office)

New Developments for HO Migration Statistics                                             10.10-10.35 CHRIS KERSHAW & DAVID MATZ (Home Office Statistics)

Presentation on new developments including e-Borders data                         10.35-11.00 PAUL VICKERS & SARAH CROFTS (Office for National Statistics)

Data available from the 2011 Census on Migration                                        11.00-11.30 EMMA WRIGHT (Office for National Statistics) & CHRIS ATTWOOD (Home Office, MBA)

Data provider panel session
11.30-11.45 HO & ONS SPEAKERS There will also be an opportunity for questions after each presentation

Migration statistics in Devolved Administrations                                           11.45-12.20 ESTA CLARK (National Records of Scotland), STEPHEN DRINKWATER (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research), CARA FEENEY (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency) & TONY WHIFFEN (Welsh Government)

****Lunch****         12.20-13.10

Migration Observatory experience of using migration data                            13.10-13.35 SCOTT BLINDER (Migration Observatory)

UNHCR statistical work and reporting                                                           13.35-14.00 SPEAKER TBC

Migration Watch’s use of immigration data                                                  14.00-14.15 MATTHEW POLLARD (Migration Watch)

Local Government experience of using population and migration data           14.30-14.45 DAMIAN HIGHWOOD (Westminster Council), CHRIS SALE (Newham Council)14.45-15.00

Migration statistics and the world’s most wanted professions                        15.00-15.30 ROBERTO BELO ROVELLA & CAMILLA COSTA (BBC World Service)

The Migration Statistics User Forum is run by and on behalf of users, with the support of the Office for National Statistics and the Home Office.

A short meeting will be held at the end of the event for any attendees who would like to be involved in considering the programme for the next annual conference in 2014.

The MSUF has an electronic JISCMAIL distribution list  to keep members in touch with developments, to subscribe to this follow the link https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=MIGRATION-STATS.

Details are also listed on the Royal Statistical Society website at http://www.rss.org.uk/migration-statistics.


Migration Statistics, Home Office Science