Migration Study Week by Lebanon Support (this CfA is closed)

Migration Study Week

Migration, mobility, and circulation in the Middle East: rethinking inequalities and informality


About the Study Week

The Migration Study Week, organised by Lebanon Support, offers a participatory, interdisciplinary, innovative, and intensive immersion in migration issues in the Middle East. It aims at providing practitioners, junior researchers, and journalists that work with and on refugees the opportunity to reflect critically on the main problematics that shape migration, mobility, and circulation in the Middle East.

The study week will combine interactive lectures, open discussions and exchanges, as well as field visits.

It will focus on shedding light on the national (macro-), subnational/local (meso-), and individual (micro-) levels and the extent to which migration governance can contribute to perpetuate inequality and social injustice in the region, as well as the emergence of (informal) strategies deployed by migrants and refugees in order to “navigate” increasingly constraining systems. The study week will hence aim at integrating this critical approach in each participant’s respective field. It will also offer a space for synergies, networking, and sharing experiences between scholars and practitioners in the region, in view of facilitating multi-disciplinary collaboration.

The study week is a novel space that provides scientific knowledge combined with localised and applied methods, offered by Lebanon Support’s scholars and experts, in addition to a selection of scholars from the region and Europe.


Targeted Participants

The Migration Study week is open to practitioners, researchers, journalists and content creators, policy makers, and activists that work on migration and refugee issues in the Middle East, whether in humanitarian and development NGOs, government bodies, or independently. Young practitioners, experts, and young academics, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers with less than 3 years experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications from all over the world are accepted; candidates (nationals or residents) from the Middle East are prioritised. Applicants should have proficiency in the English language.


Study Week Main Experts

The Migration Study Week will gather a variety of experienced academics, experts, and practitioners from the field of migration from the region and Europe and from Lebanon Support’s network, such as:

  • Dr. Oroub el Abed (SOAS University of London)
  • Dr. Estella Carpi (University College London)
  • Dr. Kamel Doraï (Institut français du Proche-Orient)
  • Dr. Hana Jaber (Arab Reform Initiative)
  • Dr. Nassim Majidi (Samuel Hall;  Sciences Po;  University of the Witwatersrand South Africa.)
  • Ms. Preethi Nallu (Refugees Deeply; independent migration analyst and journalist)
  • Dr. Zeynep Sahin Mencütek (University of Duisburg-Essen; Swedish Research Institute)
  • Ms. Dounia Salamé (American University of Beirut - Urban Lab)
  • Dr. Nasser Yassine (American University of Beirut - Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess (The University of Göttingen, Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology)

The full list of experts and programme will be announced prior to the Migration Study Week on Lebanon Support’s social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Study week Programme

The Migration Study Week will take place during the last week of August 2019. The language of the Study Week is English.

Full programme to be announced shorty.


Study week Location

The Migration Study Week will take place in Beirut. Field visits across Lebanon will also be part of the programme.


Application Requirements

Candidates should send:

  • A one page CV highlighting their experience in the study week topic
  • A cover letter expressing interest and how this study week fits in their career path and how it helps them further it.

Applications should be sent to: contact[at]lebanon[dash]support[dot]org including "Migration Study Week" in the subject line. 



Deadline for Applications: 20 March 2019.

Please note that places are limited and availabilities are not guaranteed at the official closing date, so Lebanon Support recommends you apply early.



Participation to the study week is free of charge, and will include all course materials, including reading materials, as well as coffee breaks, and lunch. Participants will be responsible for meeting their respective travel costs, country entry requirements, and accommodation.


The Migration Study Week is in partnership with the Ford Foundation, part of the project “Migration, Mobility, and Circulation in the Middle East: a Knowledge-For-Action Agenda.”

Type of Call: 
Call for Applications