Category Archives: Articles

MinMig Final Report Published!

The final report for my research project “MinMig – Accommodating Linguistic, Religious and Cultural Diversity Through a Comparative Analysis of Minorities’ and Migrants’ Claims”, funded by the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano, has now been published in English, German and Italian.

MinMig consisted in a comparative analysis of the claims made by “old” national and “new” migrant minorities, focusing on the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino as a case study. The project aimed to shed light on the question whether “new” minorities strive for similar protection mechanisms to those in place for “old” minorities, and which measures designed for national minorities might be beneficially extended to migrant groups. Conducting diversity-related research in times of a global pandemic was a particularly challenging task, I’m therefore especially happy about the very interesting results that MinMig presented us with. Happy reading!

New blog post on health and mobility in times of Covid-19!

Eurac Research has launched a new research blog, titled “Covid-19 and Beyond – How we can reboot the world after the pandemic”, which takes an interdisciplinary look at developments during and future scenarios after the coronavirus crisis. I’m happy to be able to contribute to this great new platform with a post on the interconnectedness of health and mobility.

New paper on the empowerment of female migrants through self-organized networks!

I’m happy to share a new open access paper I’ve co-authored with Susanne Elsen from the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano.

It’s titled “Empowerment of female migrants through self-organized network structures in Bavaria: A best-practice model for South Tyrol?” and has just been published in the journal soziales_kapital.

You can read it online here.

Edited volume “Health in Diversity” out now!

I’m very happy to announce that our edited volume “Health in Diversity – Diversity in Health: (Forced) Migration, Social Diversification and Health in a Changing World” has now been published by Springer VS!

The book, edited by me, Ulrich Becker and Elisabeth Wacker, offers an interdisciplinary and international look at the relationship between refugees, diversity, and health, including health care policies, socio-political framework conditions, environmental factors, the situation in refugee camps, quality-of-life approaches and economical perspectives.

You can order both the softcover and the e-book versions here.

New Article and Book Review in JEMIE!

My paper “Europeanization and the ‘Regionalization’ of National Minority Identity” has recently been published by JEMIE – Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, along with a Review of “Extending Protection to Migrant Populations in Europe: Old and New Minorities“, a volume edited by Roberta Medda-Windischer, Caitlin Boulter and Tove H. Malloy.

Both publications are open access, and can be found following this link.

Conference “Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health?”

From March 12th-14th, 2019, the 2nd South-East African and European Conference on Refugees and Forced Migrants: Health in Diversity, Diversity in Health? that I co-organized with Dr. Sellah Lusweti from Pwani University took place in Kilifi, Kenya.

The conference presented African and European perspectives on diversity and health, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach (political science, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, medicine) in order to offer a broad analysis of different health and diversity-related issues. We will be publishing the conference papers in a edited volume with Springer VS at the beginning of next year.

In the meantime, please check out the anthology for the last refugee and migration conference in 2016 that I co-edited with Prof. Ulrich Becker and Prof. Elisabeth Wacker. The book, titled Refugees and Forced Migrants in Africa and the EU: Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Challenges and Solutions, is available following this link or can be accessed via SpringerLink.

Contribution to “EUreka!” Research Blog!

I’m very happy that I was asked to contribute to EUreka!, the research blog on the EU and the European Parliament elections launched by the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism.

I wrote a blogpost on political participation as a fundamental right, explaining voting rights exclusion and recent developments regarding persons with disability in Germany. My article is available following this link.