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Building a research agenda on mobility and control in the Americas

On March 15, 2024, the Transnational Migration Network (TMN) convened for a workshop at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. This meeting aimed to establish the conceptual framework of their research agenda on mobility and control in the Americas. Following a discussion of regional dynamics, members identified four primary areas of research: 1) Labor; 2) Political Economy of Migrant Circularity and Space; 3) Migration Governance; and 4) Contemporary conceptual and Methodological Challenges in studying (in)mobilities in the Americas. Calls for proposals and potential funding sources were also discussed.


The TMN plans to develop project profiles to commence research and knowledge production with migrant communities around the aforementioned four research areas. The next meeting is scheduled for August 2024 to advance this initiative further.


The members of the TMN are:

  • Jorge Durand – University of Guadalajara, Emeritus.
  • Stephanie Shutze – Latin American Studies Institute LAI-Free University, Berlin
  • Liliana Rivera – COLMEX, Sociology, Center for Sociological Studies of El Colegio de Mexico
  • Ximena Alba – LAI Free University-Berlin
  • Luciana Gandini – Seminario Universitario de Estudios sobre Desplazamiento Interno, Migración, Exilio y Repatriación -Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM
  • LALS-UIC Faculty: Xochitl Bada – Associate Professor, Andreas Feldmann – Associate Professor and Soledad Álvarez Velasco – Assistant Professor.