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:


Ayar Ata
Dr Ayar Ata is a linguist, an active member of the Sustainability Research Group at London South Bank University and a member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM). He serves for the IASFM-Working Group as a blog commissioning author, and is a member of the editorial board of the Displaced Voices Journal.
In his current project, Ayar Ata attempts to look at contemporary trends in refugee integration and at migrant identity with a specific focus on the negotiation of multiculturalism in London. Many European cities have historically held a similar attraction and a promise for many migrants. During his FFVT fellowship at the CHREN, he aims to complete a comparative study between London and German cities.
Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah
Dr Seth Christopher Yaw Appiah does research in the fields of medical sociology, gender intersectionality, migrant health and infectious disease.
He has in the recent past conducted research that addresses crosscutting themes around the fields of sexuality, child and maternal health, gender and human rights, social policy, human trafficking and migration health and has consulted for the GIZ, Save the Children, UNICEF and the WHO.
Since 2020, Dr Appiah is Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a visiting lecturer position at the Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (including Health and Agriculture) (PAULESI, University of Ibadan, Nigeria).