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Workshop on Forced Migration Research: From Theory to Practice in Promoting Migrant Well-Being

Project Scope:

A steering committee will plan and execute a public 1.5 to 2-day workshop to bring together stakeholders and experts in demography, public health, migration/immigration/refugees, and policy analysis/evaluation to explore the causes and consequences of forced migration and population displacement on social, economic, health, and legal outcomes of refugees.  The workshop will draw on demographic methods in life course, longitudinal analysis, and population estimation; and it will include perspectives from across the social sciences to consider changing socioeconomic, political, legal, and environmental contexts. The workshop will also address some of the domestic implications of international migration and refugee flows for the United States, such as issues relating to migrant resettlement or concerns regarding threats to national security.

The steering committee will define the specific topics to be addressed, develop the agenda, and invite speakers and other participants. After the workshop, proceedings of the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Current


RSO: Majmundar, Malay


Committee on Population


Behavioral and Social Sciences
Policy for Science and Technology

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Ellen P. Kraly - (Co-Chair)
ELLEN P. KRALY is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor of geography at Colgate University. She also serves as chair of the IUSSP Scientific Panel on International Migration and is an elected member of the Committee on Promotion and Tenure, serving as chair. Within the upstate region of New York, she currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including: the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees; National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum; and the Adirondack Research Consortium. Previously, Dr. Kraly was editor-in-chief of the International Migration Review, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Immigration Statistics. She has been involved in reports for such organizations as: The United Nations Statistical Commission; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; U.S. Census Bureau; and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Dr. Kraly has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Her current research focuses on three themes: international, refugee, and forced migration; ethical and human rights dimensions of the use of population data systems in policy and administration, with particular reference to Aboriginal affairs in Australia; and population and community health issues in rural communities. In 2016, Dr. Kraly was awarded an honorary doctorate from Curtin University in recognition of her role in the return of a collection of Aboriginal children’s artwork to Western Australia. She has a B.A. degree in sociology from Bucknell University, an M.Sc. degree in demography from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University.
Holly Reed - (Co-Chair)
HOLLY E. REED is associate professor of sociology at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), a faculty associate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), and a faculty affiliate of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Her research focuses on migration (including forced migration), demographic dynamics, education, and health in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa—including Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria. She has led a large mixed-methods fieldwork collection effort in Ghana and conducted qualitative interviews among immigrants and refugees in the United States. Her current research projects focus on understanding the availability of resources for and trajectories and outcomes of undocumented students at CUNY, and the determinants and consequences of forced migration flows globally. Professor Reed has published articles in journals such as Demography, Sociological Forum, Demographic Research, Sociology of Development, Health and Place, and African Population Studies. She previously served as a program officer for the Committee on Population of the National Academies in Washington, DC, where she wrote and edited reports on various international population issues, including urbanization and development, forced migration, maternal mortality, and fertility change. Professor Reed has a B.S. degree in foreign service, an M.A. degree in geography, both from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University.
Susan McGrath
SUSAN MCGRATH is professor emerita in the School of Social Work at York University, where she also served as director of the Centre for Refugee Studies. She is currently leading a big data initiative, studying indicators of forced displacement funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada (SSHRC) and a collaborative social work project with the School of Social Work at the University of Rwanda. Dr. McGrath is a co-applicant on a SSHRC funded project that is exploring the potentials of digital assistive technology and special education in Kenya and co-PI of a Canadian Institute for Health Research Grant studying the health outcomes of Syrian refugees in three Canadian provinces. She is a past president of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS). Dr. McGrath was awarded the 2015 SSHRC Partnership Impact Award for forging innovative, interdisciplinary, equitable and cross-sector partnerships in the field of forced migration. And, in 2014 she was invested into the Order of Canada in recognition of her outstanding achievement in research and policy on refugee rights and for fostering collaboration amongst scholars in her field. She has a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto.
Pia M. Orrenius
PIA M. ORRENIUS is vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and adjunct professor at the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. Dr. Orrenius manages the regional/microeconomics group in the Dallas Fed Research Department where her work concerns the drivers of regional economic growth. Her academic research focuses on the labor market impacts of immigration, unauthorized immigration, and U.S. immigration policy, and her work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Economics, International Migration Review, Labour Economics. She is coauthor of the book Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (2010, AEI Press). Dr. Orrenius serves as research fellow at The Tower Center for Political Studies, Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center (both at Southern Methodist University), and at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, as well as, adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, she was senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington DC, where she worked on immigration, labor, and health issues. Dr. Orrenius has B.A. degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Romesh Silva
ROMESH SILVA is Senior Technical Specialist, Health and Social Inequalities at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) headquarters in New York. He is the global technical lead for UNFPA’s work on population data and estimation in humanitarian contexts and also its program on the strengthening of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. Romesh has led numerous research projects on the demography of armed conflict and forced displacement through his work for the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and official truth commissions. He currently chairs the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population’s Scientific Panel on Population Perspectives and Demographic Methods to Strengthen CRVS systems. Romesh earned his Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley.
Paul B. Spiegel
PAUL B. SPIEGEL is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of Practise in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he lectures and undertakes research in humanitarian emergencies. Previously, Dr. Spiegel was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland where he supervised and managed four technical sections- Public Health; Cash-based Initiatives; Shelter and Settlement; and Operations Solutions and Transitions. He was Chief of the Public Health and HIV Section (2002-2012) and the Refugee Agency’s Global HIV Coordinator for UNAIDS (2004-2016). Dr. Spiegel is Chair of the Funding Committee for the DFID and Wellcome Trust-funded Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises or R2HC. He is on the editorial board of the journal entitled Conflict and Health. Before UNHCR, he worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously he worked as a Medical Coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontiéres and Médecins du Monde in refugee settings in Kenya and Congo as well as for numerous organisations including the Canadian Red Cross, the Pan American Health Organisation and the Centre for Victims of Torture in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Spiegel has responded to crises and undertaken field work and research in humanitarian emergencies in numerous countries on all continents. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of humanitarian emergencies. His research interests are in epidemiological methods, health information systems and HIV. He has won numerous awards including CDC's Charles C. Shepard award for outstanding research in Assessment and Epidemiology. He received his medical degree at the University of Toronto and his Master of Public Health and specialty in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sarah Staveteig
SARAH STAVETEIG is an international survey advisor at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Staveteig’s areas of expertise include political sociology, reproductive health, economic demography, and HIV. She has over fifteen years of experience in demographic and statistical analysis and mixed-methods research and has led analysis of forced migration in Africa and Asia. Before joining the State Department, she was a senior researcher at The Demographic and Health Surveys Program with Avenir Health, a research associate at the Urban Institute, and a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. Dr. Staveteig earned her Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.



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