Chairs & Speakers

Invited Guest Speakers

Stefano Manservis, European Commission
Stefano Manservisi is the first Director General for European Union DG Home Affairs since its creation in July 2010. He has served as Director General for DG Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States since November 2004. Mr Manservisi joined the European Commission in 1983 where he worked as administrator in the Directorates-General of Agriculture and Development until 1991, and then as principal administrator and Member of Cabinet to Vice-PresidentPandolfi. In 1993, he was nominated Head of Unit ‘Finances’ in DG Development. Shortly thereafter, he became Member of Cabinet, then Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner R. Vanni d’ Archirafi. From 1995 to 2000, he was Deputy Head and then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner M. Monti. In 2001 he was appointed Head of cabinet for Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, and stayed in that position until joining DG Development as Director General. Stefano Manservisi holds a law degree from the University of Bologna and also studied at the University of Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne, and the University of Strasbourg.Cecilia Malmström, European Commission

Cecilia Malmström, European Commission
Cecilia Malmström has been the European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs including EU work on police cooperation, border control, asylum and migration since 2010. She is in charge of the EU's fight against serious international crime and human trafficking. She is also working to establish a common European asylum and migration policy. She has Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg, where she worked for a number of years as a researcher and taught European politics. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2006, working mainly on foreign affairs, human rights, EU enlargement and constitutional issues. After the Swedish national elections of 2006, she was appointed EU minister where she was responsible for issues such as the Lisbon Treaty, the EU strategy for growth and employment and the review of the EU budget. It was also her job to build support for the EU among Swedish citizens. In 2009, she coordinated the preparatory work and the implementation of the Swedish Presidency of the EU. She is the author of a number of books and articles on European regionalism, European politics, Spanish politics, terrorism and immigration.



Howard Duncan, Carleton University, Canada (Chair, Plenary 1)
Howard Duncan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario where he studied the history and philosophy of science. He was a post-doctoral fellow there and subsequently taught philosophy at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. In 1987, Dr. Duncan entered the field of consulting in strategic planning, policy development and program evaluation. In 1989 he joined the Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa where he worked in program evaluation, strategic planning, policy, and extramural research. In 1997, Howard joined the Metropolis Project at Citizenship and Immigration Canada as its International Project Director, and became its Executive Head in 2002. He has concentrated on increasing the geographic reach of Metropolis, enlarging the range of the issues it confronts, and increasing its benefits to the international migration policy community by creating opportunities for direct and frank exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Recent of his projects have included the creation of the Metropolis North America and Metropolis Asia initiatives and the creation of a Metropolis Secretariat in Asia (Seoul/Goyang-si and Manila) to supplement the Secretariats in Ottawa and Amsterdam. He has just moved the Ottawa Secretariat operations from the Government of Canada to Carleton University in Ottawa.

Jean-Christophe Dumont, OECD, France (Plenary 1)
Jean-Christophe Dumont has been the Head of the International Migration Division in the Direction for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD since 2010. He joined the OECD Secretariat in 2000 to work on international migration issues. He directs the publication of the annual International Migration Outlook and numerous publications on the economics of international mobility of persons, including on labour market integration of immigrants and on the management of migration flows. He has worked on the international mobility of health workers to OECD countries and on the profile of international migrants in OECD and other countries. He holds a PhD in development economics from the University Paris IX-Dauphine and has been a research fellow at Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Huiyao Wang, Center for China and Globalization, China (Plenary 1)
Dr. Huiyao Wang is the Founding Director General of Center for China and Globalization, a well-known Chinese international think tank on global talents. He is also a Vice Chairman of China Overseas Returned Scholars Association. In addition he is also a Vice Chairman of China Talent Society of Ministry of Human Resources and Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation of Ministry of Commerce. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Senior Fellow at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and was a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution. Dr. Wang has been a senior advisor to the Chinese government at both central and local levels. Dr. Wang has published over 30 books and 100 articles and papers on global talents, Chinese entrepreneurs, Chinese returnees, Chinese MNCs and Chinese firms going global. His latest English books include Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China: The Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China, and Globalizing China, The Strategy, Influence and Success of Chinese Returnee Entrepreneurs, both books published by Emerald Publishing from United Kingdom.

Kai Öistämö, Nokia, Finland (Plenary 1)
Kai Öistämö is Nokia's executive vice president in charge of Corporate Development. He is responsible for corporate strategy, strategic alliances and partnerships, quality and capability development as well as corporate business development activities including Vertu, Nokia’s luxury mobile devices brand and the Mobile Financial Services business. A member of the Nokia Leadership Team since 2005, he was appointed to his current position in July 2010 and reports to the CEO. Kai Öistämö joined Nokia in 1991 and held several managerial and technical positions at the former Nokia Consumer Electronics unit. He holds a doctorate degree in technology and a master's degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland. He is chairman of the board of Tekes and University of Tampere. He also serves on the board of Sanoma Corporation.

Marco Lombardi, the Catholic University in Milan, Italy (Chair, Plenary 2)
Professor Marco Lombardi is responsible of International Dpt. of Ismu Foundation. Foundation Ismu is an independent scientific organization, which promotes, develops and carries out research, studies, inquiries and projects focused on the theme of multiethnic and multicultural society, particularly in relation to the phenomenon of international migrations. Ismu presents itself as a structure prepared to cooperate with governmental institutions both on a national and an European scale, with local and peripheral administrations, with social and health agencies, with the world of voluntary work, charitable institutions, and associations, with the system of organized interests, as well as no-profit organizations, schools, Italian and foreign libraries and documentation centres, international agencies, diplomatic and consular delegations. Ismu hosted in 1996 the first International Metropolis Conference and since then professor Lombardi has been the member of the Metropolis International Steering Committee and, now, project leader of the IX Metropolis Conference, in Milan 2014. See also his publications, eg. Immigration from North Africa. ISMU (2011); Prostitution and Human Trafficking: Focus on Clients. Springer, London (2008); The Seventeenth Italian Report on Migrations. McGraw-Hill, Milano (2005).

Jeannette Money, University of California, Davis, USA (Plenary 2)
Jeannette Money is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of California, Davis. Her research agenda focuses on various aspects of immigration policy. She has published a book, The Political Geography of Immigration Control,that explores the political consequences of immigrants' geographic concentration. She argues that local preferences are filtered through national political institutions that either magnify or negate citizen preferences for immigration control. Her research also examines the prospects for international cooperation on issues of immigration; a co-edited volume, Migration, Nation States, and International Cooperation, examines regional cooperation on migration and provides an empirical overview of the types of cooperation and coordination that exists on a regional level. The book argues that because migration generates few problems of collective action, collaboration among states on migration will be quite limited. Dr. Money is currently working on issues of citizenship and naturalization; this research provides an empirical overview of naturalization laws globally and evaluates the determinants of changes in naturalization laws. She is also interested in migrant participation in the host polity and has written some articles on the influence of migrants on the host country's policy toward the migrants' home country. A quantitative analysis of U.S. foreign aid flows indicates that migrants do influence the amount of aid flowing to their home countries, taking into account the array of factors that affect aid flows.

Yossi Shain, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Plenary 2)
Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as the Head of the Aba Eban Program of Diplomacy and Director of the Brody Institute for Applied Diplomacy. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University, and the Founding Director of Georgetown's Program for Jewish Civilization. Outside the academy he has been involved in many projects and served on national and international committees related to corruption, national security and Diaspora, migration policies and Government reform. He worked with NGOs in Israel, the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, and Armenia. Shain’s latest book The Language of Corruption and Israel’s Moral Culture appeared in 2010 in Hebrew (English edition is forthcoming). Dr. Shain has also published over 50 scholarly articles in academic journals and edited books. His articles appeared (among others) in International Organization, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, International Affairs, Orbis, Political Science Q,, The Journal of Democracy, The J. of Political Science, Government and Opposition, and Nations and Nationalism. He also contributed many articles to other newspapers and magazines (including New York Times, The Foreign Service Journal, New Haven Register, Ha’aretz, and Jerusalem Post).

Michael Samers, the University of Kentucky, USA (Plenary 3)
Dr. Michael Samers is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky (USA). He served as Editor of Geoforum from 2006 to 2013, and for 2013-2014, he will be a Fulbright Scholar in France, based at the Université de Lille II. He is the author of Migration (Routledge, 2010) which has been translated into Italian as Migrazioni  (Carocci Press, 2012). He is also co-author with Noel Castree, Neil Coe, and Kevin Ward, of Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the geographies of labour (Sage, 2004). His research interests include the relationship between undocumented immigration and informal employment, labor markets and migration, and the political economy of immigration in the EU (especially France) and the United States.

Ewald Engelen, University of Amsterdam, Netherland (Plenary 3)
Ewald Engelen is a Professor at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His recent publications include: E. Engelen, R. Hendrikse, V. Mamadouh & J.D. Sidaway (2011). Commentary: Turmoil in Euroland: the geopolitics of a suboptimal currency area? Environment and Planning D - Society & Space, 29(4), 571-583; M.B. Aalbers, E. Engelen & A. Glasmacher (2011). 'Cognitive closure' in the Netherlands: mortgage securitization in a hybrid European political economy. Environment and Planning A, 43(8), 1779-1795. E. Engelen, I. Ertürk, J. Froud, S. Johal, A. Leaver, M. Moran, A. Nilsson & K. Williams (2011). After the great complacence: financial crisis and the politics of reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Olli Kangas,  Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Finland  (Plenary 3)
Olli Kangas took his PhD degree 1991 in sociology at Helsinki University. 1994 he was nominated to Professor and Head of the Department of Social Policy at Turku University. 2004-2007 he worked as professor at the Danish Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen. Since 2008 he has been professor and head of the Research Department at Kela, Social Insurance Institution of Finland. Kangas has been visiting professor in Stockholm, Peijing, Sydney, Budapest, Bremen, Odense and Umeå. 2012 he occupied the H.C. Andersen Professor at the Department of Political Sciences University of Southern Denmark. His research interests revolve around comparative political economy of the welfare state - causes and consequences.

Pirkko Pitkänen, University of Tampere, Finland (Chair, Plenary 4)
Pirkko Pitkänen is Professor of Educational Policy and Multicultural education at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her areas of expertise include transnational migration, cross-cultural work, multicultural training and multiple citizenship. Professor Pitkänen has extensive experience in leading and managing large-scale national and international research projects and has published widely in national and international fields. She has coordinated three extensive international research projects funded by the ECs 3rd, 5th and 7th Framework programmes. She has been involved in various international networks, e.g. the EU-India Scientific Working group on EU-India Mobility. Among the international publications are: Migration and Transformation: Multi-Level Analysis of Migrant Transnationalism (eds. with A.  İçduygu & D. Sert) Springer 2012; Multiple State Membership and Citizenship in the Era of Transnational Migration (eds. with D. Kalekin-Fishman). Sense Publishers 2007; Multiple Citizenship as a Challenge to European Nation-States (eds. with D. Kalekin-Fishman). Sense Publishers 2007; Education and Immigration: Settlement Policies and Current Challenges (eds. with D. Kalekin-Fishman & G. Verma). RoutledgeFalmer 2002.

Maruja M.B. Asis, The Scalabrini Migration Center, Philippines (Plenary 4)
Maruja M.B. Asis, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Publications of the Scalabrini Migration Center since 1999. The Center is a research institution dedicated to the promotion of the holistic and interdisciplinary study of migration issues in the Asia-Pacific and the dissemination of evidence-based information for policymaking, advocacy and public discussions on migration. Dr. Asis is trained in sociology and her areas of expertise include migration policies; family, gender and migration; migration and development; and migration data. Dr. Asis has managed several international and national research projects. She recently coordinated a three-country study (Indonesia, Philippines and Nepal) on information programmes for migrants and has directed the Philippine component of several international projects (recent examples include the Child Health and Migrant Parents in Southeast Asia Project and the Migrants’ Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development Project). She serves as co-editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, an academic quarterly produced by the Scalabrini Migration Center. She has published in international journals and books and participates as a presenter, resource person, or facilitator in international conferences. More about The Scalabrini Migration Center: 

Christopher Sands, Hudson Institute, USA (Plenary 4)
Christopher Sands is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Hudson Initiative on North American Competitiveness. He earned a doctorate in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in 2009, and is currently a lecturer in Canadian Studies there. Concurrently, Dr. Sands holds the G. Robert Ross Distinguished Professorship in Canada-United States Business and Economic relations in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University and is a research fellow of the Border Policy Research Institute. Principally a specialist in North American political economy and border security, he was co-author of two recent studies that addressed borders and migration: “North America’s Borders: Finding the Future” (with Brian Grant for the Migration Policy Institute, 2013) and “A Safe and Smart Border: The Ongoing Quest in U.S.-Canada Relations” (with Laura Dawson for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2012).

Jon Simmons, Migration and Border Analysis at the Home Office, UK (Plenary 4)
Jon Simmons is the Head of Migration and Border Analysis in the United Kingdom’s Home Office, overseeing a wide-ranging programme of research and analytical advice on migration-related topics. He has been the UK Government lead on migration analysis for the last four and a half years, a period in which his teams have produced a large number of reports and analyses, including the ‘Migrant Journey’ which won a Royal Statistical Society award for excellence in official statistics. Prior to this he led the Office for National Statistics website development programme, and before this spent 9 years in charge of UK crime and policing statistics, including producing the Home office Review of Crime Statistics  ('the Simmons Review', 2000) and for the latter part of this period also managed the government research in this field. Reflecting his knowledge of these topics, he has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank providing advice to African and European countries on statistics on crime and justice, and on statistical collection and presentation, including as one of the authors of the UN Handbook on Crime Victimisation Surveys.

Catrina Tapley, CIC, Canada (Plenary 4)
Since September 2010, Catrina Tapley has been the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic and Program Policy at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), where she is responsible for overseeing policy and program development on a range of issues pertaining to the selection, settlement and integration of newcomers in Canada and the development of a socially cohesive, multicultural society. During this time, she also played a senior role in the development and negotiation of a Canada-United States agreement on economic competitiveness and perimeter security as part of the Beyond the Border Working Group.
Prior to joining CIC, she held a number of positions at the Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat, including that of Executive Director, Security and Justice Division, and Executive Director, Accountability in Government, where she played an integral role in the policy and legislative process for the Federal Accountability Act.
Prior to 2006, Ms. Tapley was the Director General of Workplace Skills (Program Policy and Planning) at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and she held a number of positions at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in the Policy and Fisheries Management sectors.

Eva Biaudet, Ombudsman for Minorities, Finland (Chair, Plenary 5)
Ms. Biaudet was named National Ombudsman for Minorities in May 2010. The task is to advance the status and legal protection of ethnic minorities in Finland and to prevent and tackle ethnic discrimination. The Ombudsman also acts as the national rapporteur on trafficking in human beings. Prior to the current post, Ms. Biaudet worked as a diplomat as the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Human Trafficking in Vienna during the years 2006 - 2009. Ms. Biaudet is also a former Minister of Health and Social Services and former Minister of Gender issues. She was a member of the Finnish Parliament for 16 years between 1991 and 2006 and has served as Vice Chair of the Swedish Peoples’ Party and as the Fraction Leader of the SPP group in Parliament. During her time in Parliament she particularly engaged in human rights issues as well as minorities and women’s rights. Ms. Biaudet also serves as one of the sixteen independent expert members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council. 

Franck Düvell, University of Oxford, UK (Plenary 5)
Franck Düvell, PhD, is Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford. He is chair of the Turkish Migration Studies network (TurkMiS), member of the ExComs of the NGOs Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM, Brussels) and Border Monitoring Project Ukraine. Previously, he was contract senior researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD, Vienna) and Jean Monnet Fellow at Robert-Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (Florence). He gave evidence or advice to many stakeholders in the field of migration (SCIFA, EMN, UK parliament, Turkish government, ODHIR, Medicine sans Frontiere, etc.).His research focuses on irregular, mixed and transit migration, border security, comparative migration politics and the ethics of migration control. His current or previous projects concentrate on transit migration in Ukraine and Turkey (FringeMig), migrants’ perceptions in sending countries (EUmagine), Fundamental rights of irregular immigrants (FRIM) and the quantification of irregular migration (Clandestino). He has published several books (‘Transit migration and transit countries’, Moscow 2009, with Irina Molodikova, and ‘Illegal Immigration in Europe’, Houndmills 2006), special issues, articles and numerous book chapters in several languages (e.g. Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies; Population, Space and Place; European Journal for Migration and Law).

Frank Laczko, IOM, Switzerland (Plenary 5)
Frank Laczko (Ph.D), is Head of the Research and Publications Division of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. IOM is an inter-governmental organization. Dr. Laczko joined IOM in 1995, and his previous posts include, Head of the Migration Information Programme for Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest, 1995-1998, Head of Research at the IOM Technical Cooperation Centre for the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe, Vienna, 1998-2000. Prior to joining IOM he worked for UNHCR 1993-1994, and was a consultant to ILO, OECD, and the European Commission, was a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the UK. Educated in the UK and Sweden, Dr. Laczko, published widely on social policy issues relating to labour market policies, population ageing and poverty, before moving into the field of migration. Between 1987-1989, he was a member of the evaluation team at the University of Bath, responsible for assessing the impact of the European Commission's Second Anti-Poverty Programme consisting of 92 pilot projects.

Lin Sheng, University of Fuzhou, China (Plenary 5)
Sheng Lin, is an associate professor from Department of Sociology, University of Fuzhou, China. Born in Fujian where most of Chinese irregular emigrants originate and speaking in Fuzhou dialect, Lin was advantaged to do the research on irregular emigration from China. Lin’s two master theses written in Chinese and English respectively, focus on different facets of Chinese irregular emigration, shifting from the factors producing Chinese irregular emigration to new changes of irregular emigration and its impact on the local migration sending communities. In 2011, Lin was funded by Research Grant Council of Fujian Government to do the study of new changes of irregular emigration from Fuzhou after international financial crisis. His final report of this project was adopted by governmental enforcement department in curbing irregular emigration. See also his other publications, eg. “Changes of Irregular Emigration from Fuzhou”, International Migration, 2012.Vol.50(2); “Irregular Emigration from Fuzhou: A Rural Perspective”, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal,2009. Vol. 18 (4).

Jan Rath, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Chair, Plenary 6)
Jan Rath is Professor of Urban Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Associated Member of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. An anthropologist and urban studies specialist, he is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous articles, book chapters, reports and books on the sociology, politics and economics of post-migration processes. They include eg. Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Venturing Abroad in the Age of Globalization (Berg, 2003), Tourism, Ethnic Diversity, and the City (Routledge, 2007), Ethnic Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Press, 2009), Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods (Routledge, 2012), Immigration and the New Urban Landscape: New York and Amsterdam (New York University Press, 2013), as well as a series of student handbooks of migration and integration (Amsterdam University Press). His latest research interest revolve around markets and diversity, and urban food landscapes. Since 2010, Jan Rath has been the European Chair of International Metropolis. Internet 

Volkan Aytar, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey (Plenary 6)
Volkan Aytar is currently Deputy Director of the Creative Industries Center (BAUCIC) and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Communication, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. He previously worked as the Outreach and Advocacy Officer of the European Media and Cultural Studies (EMCS) MA Program established by Bahçeşehir University, Potsdam University and Potsdam Technology University (Germany). From 2004 to 2009, Volkan Aytar was the Program Administrator of the leading and well-respected think-tank organization, the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Istanbul-Turkey. There, his duties included coordinating research and advocacy activities for the "Democratization Program". He has also worked as an Editorial Staff Member for the Political Handbook of the World. Binghamton: CSA Publications. He received his BA in Political Science & Public Administration from Bilkent University, Ankara-Turkey; MA in Sociology from the State University of New York-Binghamton, USA His recent publications: Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption, [Book Co-edited with Jan Rath] (Routledge, New York 2012); Media, Culture and Identity in Europe, [Book Co-edited with Savaş Arslan, Defne Karaosmanoğlu and Süheyla Kırca Schroeder], Istanbul: Bahçeşehir University Press (2009).

Gábor Takács, Municipality of Miskolc, Hungary (Plenary 6)
Gábor Takács is Representative for Social Inclusion in Municipality of Miskolc. Miskolc is the fourth biggest city in Hungary, the centre of a former heavy industrial region, with about 170 thousand inhabitants. In socialist times the region was chained to the Soviet Union through its heavy industry. After the collapse of socialism many people and lots of Roma amongst them became unemployed. In these circumstances Gábor Takács present work includes dealing with all the slums within the administrative area of Miskolc but with a definite accent on Lyukó Valley, the largest slum in Hungary. He is conducting a detailed survey in Lyukó Valley, organizing social, cultural, educational and agricultural programmes, and extending facilities available for inhabitants. He is also dealing with actual questions, e.g. the Roma migration to Canada, and organizing workshops for experts of social inclusion. All of his work is done in tight cooperation with local and government institutions just as well as with Roma cultural, political organizations, NGOs and church organizations dedicated to work in this field.

Ivan Ivanov, European Roma Information Office (ERIO) (Plenary 6)
Ivan Ivanov is ERIO's Executive Director since 2005. Previously he worked as an Attorney for the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. He was involved for five years in research and building a legal strategy of ground-breaking civil rights cases filed in the European Court of Human Rights and the domestic courts of several countries in Central and Eastern Europe. For two years he was a legal adviser for the Human Rights Project in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he spearheaded the development of a number of strategic litigation cases and key advocacy initiatives. Ivan holds degrees in medicine and law. He was a visiting scholar at the Law School of Columbia University in New York, where he specialised in international human rights and anti-discrimination law. He published on issues related to discrimination and access to education and healthcare. Ivan is fluent in Bulgarian, Romanes, English, Russian and Turkish.

Tuomas Martikainen, Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, Finland (Chair, Plenary 7)
Dr. Tuomas Martikainen is a Senior Research in the Åbo Akademi University Centre of Excellence in Research on Post-Secular Culture and a Changing Religious Landscape in Finland. Martikainen’s main areas of interest are globalisation, religious diversity, governance of religion and religious organisations of immigrants in a Western context. On migration, Martikainen has been on the boards of the Institute of Migration (Turku, Finland), the Finnish Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (Etmu), Nordic Migration Research and Metropolis. His publications include Religion, Migration, Settlement: Reflections on Post-1990 Immigration to Finland (Brill, 2013), Immigrant Religions in Local Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in the City of Turku (Åbo Akademi University Press, 2004), several edited volumes and numerous articles in books and journals.

Valérie Amiraux, the University of Montreal, Canada (Plenary 7)
Valérie Amiraux is a professor of sociology at the University of Montreal where she holds the Canada Research Chair for the study of religious pluralism (CRSH, 2007-2017). Before moving to Montreal, she held several different positions in Europe, including at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence, Italy) and at CNRS-CURAPP (Université Jules Verne Picardie). Her research interests include religious discrimination, religious minorities in secular Western contexts (European Union, Canada) and the relationship between the experience of pluralism and radicalization. She has been a collaborator with Open Society Foundations since 2003 when their first research programs on Muslims were launched. Her current research is today more concerned with the role of the legal arena in regulating conflicts produced by the experience of religious pluralism and with the ethnography of the relationship between plularism and radicalization within an urban context. She has extensively published on all these topics (most of her publications can be found at

Rajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India (Plenary 7)
Rajeev Bhargava is Professor and Senior Fellow and Director of the Programme of Social and Political Theory, Centre for the study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He is a leading scholar of secularism and multiculturalism in non-Western societies. Bhargava has held fellowships in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions, Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Wissenshaftskolleg, Berlin and the Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna. Among the many books written by Bhargava are The Promise of India’s Secular Democracy (2010), Secularism and its Critics (ed.) (1998) and the co-edited Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (1999). He has worked as advisor or team member of several international academic and cultural bodies including as Consultant, UNDP Report on Cultural Liberty, 2004,   team Member of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project of Queens University, Kingston, Canada (2006-2011) and Senior Academic Expert, Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion. Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century Europe.

Christine Inglis, University of Sydney, Australia
Christine Inglis is Director of the Multicultural and Migration Research Centre in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her research on migration and ethnic relations has focussed particularly on Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. She has studied the overseas Chinese and issues concerning the education of minority groups and their labour market participation, including the migration of skilled professionals. Her strong interest in the policy implications of research are reflected in policy papers for UNESCO relating to multiculturalism (Multiculturalism: New Policy Responses to Diversity, 1996) and educational policy (Planning for Cultural Diversity, IIEP 2008) as well as Australian national and local projects relating to migration.Since the early 1980s she has undertaken research on immigrants to Australia from Turkey publishing articles and monographs, including most recently Türkiye to Australia: Turkish Settlement in Victoria, 2011. Currently with European colleagues she is writing an international comparative study on the incorporation of second generation youth from Turkish backgrounds in eight European countries and Australia. In addition to a study on Chinese Transnationalism in the 21st Century she is also preparing a Handbook on International Migration for Sage. Other activities which keep her occupied include editing International Sociology.

Ismo Söderling, Institute of Migration, Finland (Chair, Plenary 8)
Ismo Söderling is since 2010 the Director of the Institute of Migration in Turku, Finland. Previously, he was the Director of the Population Research Institute in Helsinki (1996-2009). He is an Adjunct Professor of Social Policy at the University of Turku. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Population Policy at the University of Eastern Finland. He has worked as a Visiting Scholar both in the US (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)  and Canada (Université Laval, Quebec). Söderling is the Editor-in-Chief since 2010 of the Siirtolaisuus-Migration magazine published by the Institute of Migration. He has also been the Editor-in-Chief of the Finnish Yearbook of the Population Research (1996-2009). He was the President of the organization committee of the European Population Conference organized in Helsinki in 2002.

Linda J. Cook, Brown University, USA (Plenary 8)
Linda Cook is professor at the Department of Political Science at Brown University. She has attained international reputation as expert scholar on postcommunist welfare politics and presented work in Russian Federation, Finland, Britain, Germany, Canada, Thailand and Ecuador. She has contributed to research projects at Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and National Endowment for Democracy. She has been awarded research support by IREX, NCEEER, Davis Center Harvard, Aleksanteri Institute Helsinki, Harriman Institute Columbia. She will direct Brown Pembroke Research Seminar, “Socialism and Post-Socialism”2013-14. Recent publications: Postcommunist Welfare States: Reform Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe, (Cornell, 2007; pap. 2013) ; “The Political Economy of Russia’s Demographic Crisis: States and Markets, Mothers and Migrants,” in Neil Robinson, ed., The Political Economy of Russia (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013). Her faculty profile can be found at:

Olga Davydova-Minguet, the University of Eastern Finland, Finland (Plenary 8)
Olga Davydova-Minguet, PhD, graduated from the University of Petrozavodsk (Russia) in Finnish and Russian Philology, gained her PhD degree at the University of Joensuu (Finland) in the field of Folklore Studies. Currently she is working as a researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. Her research interests are in the migration, ethnicity, border and gender studies. Davydova’s interdisciplinary dissertation was devoted to the process of so called re-emigration, i.e. migration of persons of Finnish origin from the countries of former Soviet Union to Finland. She has also studied Russian immigrant women in Finland, migratory processes in the countries of so called Wider Europe (e.g. Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus), border crossing processes from the gendered perspective. Her current research projects are concerned with the contemporary ethnicities and memory politics in the Republic of Karelia. In her studies, Davydova-Minguet implements theories of transnationality, positionality and intersectionality.

Sergey V. Ryazantsev, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia (Plenary 8)
Sergey V. Ryazantsev is the Corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Head of the Center of Social Demography and Economic Sociology of the Institute of Socio-Political Researches of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sphere of scientific interests is social-economic and demographic aspects of migratory processes in Russia and foreign countries. The author more than 300 scientific publications, including monographies: "The practice of using patents to implement employment of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation" (2012), "Modelling of flows of labour migration from Central Asia to Russia" (2012), The Chinese migration to Russia: consequences, tendencies and approaches to regulation" (2010), "The Atlas of demographic development of Russia" (2009), "Demographic perspectives of Russia" (2008), "Labour migration in the CIS and Baltic countries: tendencies, consequences, regulation" (2008), "Labour emigration of women from Russia: departure, employment and protection of the rights" (2008). He is also the head and the participant of the research projects executed for Ministry of health and social development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, ILO, IOM, UNFPA and other organizations.

Olga Tkach, the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg, Russia (Plenary 8)
Olga Tkach is a senior researcher and coordinator of the research area “Migration studies” at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds a PhD in sociology from the European University at St.Petersburg. Her current work in a number of international projects focuses on immigrant integration in Russia, Russian-Finnish cross-border mobility and home-based elderly care in the Russian households. Her publications include co-edited books Normalising Reproductive Technologies in Russia, Switzerland and Germany (LIT Verlag, 2009); Practices and Identities: Gender Arrangement (European University at St.Petersburg, 2010, in Russian), and over 30 papers on labour migration and integration in Russia, au pair migration from CIS countries, paid domestic work, everyday concepts of home, and qualitative research methods. One of the recent articles Olga Tkach got published in co-authorship with Anna Rotkirch and Elena Zdravomyslova is Russian Middle Classes in the Making: Employment of Paid Domestic Workers // Rethinking Class in Russia / Ed. by Suvi Salmenniemi (Ashgate, 2012).

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Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)