GTD Events


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Colloquia 2023/2024

Joint colloquium with MUSTS and AMCNicole Kusters, Pablo del Hierro, Brigitte Le Normand, Susan Schreibman17 January 2024
China in the global land rushDr. Yunan Xu7 February 2024
The Right to Research and the Conditions of Production of HistoryGerawok Gizaw, Kate Reed and Prof. Dr. Schenk6 March 2024
Marginalised communities and social justiceDr. Romina Istratii19 April 2024
Knowledge and cultural problemsProf. Dr. Julia Pauli22 May 2024
Vectors of Change: Violent Intimacies: The Trans Everyday and the Making of an Urban World (joint colloquium with Centre for Gender and Diversity)Dr. Asli Zengin19 June 2024

Past events

Research Colloquia 2023

Writing Global History from the European Periphery - Joint colloquium GTD-AMCFerenc Laczo and Brigitte le Normand29 November 2023
Dismantling energy colonialism: Towards a just transition in North AfricaHamza Hamouchene27 September 2023
Africa's second Struggle for Freedom: What's decolonization got to do with it?Prof. Olufemi Taiwo (Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University)6 September 2023
Strange(r) Families - Contesting the "Family" and the "Nation"in Migration LawSaskia Bonjour24 May 2023
Beyond the Boomerang: understanding NGO Advocacy in International PoliticsChris Pallas and Elizabeth Bloodgood22 March 2023

Research Colloquia 2022

Book launch: (Re)mapping Migration and Education: Centering Methods and MethodologiesCathryn Magno and Anna Becker30 November 2022
The politics of care: Making and unmaking families in South AfricaNolwazi Mkhwanazi2 November 2022
Defending democracy: How can civil society organisations succesfully resist repressive laws?Nic Cheeseman30 September 2022
Book discussion "World Literature in an Age of Geopolitics"Theo d'Haen8 June 2022
Refugees and Migrants (In)Visibility: The Case of the BalkansBoris Ružić18 May 2022
STS and Transnational Methods, Perspectives and Topics.
Joint Colloquium Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD) and Maastricht University Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS)
Lauren Wagner, Sarah Anschutz, Ragna Zeiss and Waqar Zaidi20 April 2022
Journalism and Human Rights under AttackRachel Pulfer16 March 2022
From multi-sited ethnography to ethnography of refracted publics: on far right resonances in BrazilLaeticia Cesarino9 February 2022
Labour dynamics in the mining industry. A comparative analysis of the Congolese and Zambian copperbeltsBenjamin Rubbers12 January 2022

Research Colloquia 2021

The Battle for Remittances: (Digital) Financial Inclusion and Market Construction in Senegal and GhanaVincent Guermond24 November 2021
Transnational Families Belgium and ThailandAsuncion Fresnoza-Flot27 October 2021
Offshore finance: How capital rules the worldRodrigo Fernandez22 September 2021
How climate change travels to sub-Saharan Africa: The anthropology of forecasting, future-making and anticipation in humanitarianismSara de Wit19 May 2021
Joint event GTD and Centre for Gender and Diversity:
Mother Metropole. Transnational adoptions of Rwandan minors in postcolonial Belgium
In Search of Humanity: Adoption and the Question Who We Are

Chiara Candaele
Sophie Withaeckx


21 April 2021

The political economy of (in)coherence: Development narratives, Anxious practitioners, and Asian emerging donorsJamie Doucette17 March 2021
Life skills and Financial education among children and young people in about 108 different countries around the worldRediet Abiy13 January 2021

Research Colloquia 2020

Social Position and Migrant Social Capital in International Migration from Africa to EuropeSorana Toma2 December 2020
Book presentation: The Big Gamble: The Migration of Eritreans to EuropeMilena Belloni4 November 2020
In China’s Wake: How the commodity boom transformed development strategies in the global southNick Jepson30 September 2020
The Political Economy of externally Financing Social Policy in Developing CountriesAndrew M. Fischer5 February 2020
Bottom UP: Promoting a sustainable cotton & garment value chain from Ethiopian cotton to European consumers. Can we prevent a race to the bottom?Stijn van Geel8 January 2020

Research Colloquia 2019

Ontology of the Gene and the Politics of Genetic ModificationEsha Shah4 December 2019
Dissonance and synergy between global children's rights norms and local discourses about the transition from childhood to adulthood in GhanaAfua Twum Danso Imoh20 November 2020
Why do origin states fend for the rights of their low-skilled labour migrants? Evidence from the PhilippinesEvelyin Ersanilli23 October 2019
The great pushback? Southern sustainability initiatives for sustainable agricultureVerena Bitzer25 September 2019
How to ignite change - and how not to overpromiseJeroen van Erp12 June 2019
Women in the developmental state: Factory employment and political participation in EthiopiaLovise Aalen13 March 2019
Between rootedness and rootlessness: Liberia, Migration and Dual CitizenshipRobtel Neajai Pailey6 February 2019
Agriculture as Financial Asset: Global Money and the Making of Institutional LandscapesStefan Ouma9 January 2019

Research Colloquia 2018

Comparing Sending States’ Social Protection Infrastructure for Nationals Abroad: An Analysis of Diaspora Institutions and Consular ServicesJean-Michel Lafleur5 December 2018
Finding Ways through Eurospace: West African Movers Re-Viewing Europe from the InsideJoris Schapendonk21 November 2018
Heineken in Africa. A Multinational Unleashed Olivier van Beemen17 October 2018
The 'Southernisation"of development: Are DAC donors moving South?Emma Mawdsley26 September 2018
Working with international business for the SDG's: how well does that work?Joost Oorthuizen18 April 2018
Modernisation through a national prism: Legibility, development, and the public good in China's global visionRuben Gonzalez14 March 2018
Evaluating migration policy effects and effectiveness Mathias Czaika21 February 2018
The Coming of Age of small-scale, voluntary development organisationSara Kinsbergen24 January 2018

Research Colloquia 2017

Facing the obligation to belong: transnational engagement and construction of identities among Ecuadorian migrants’ children in Spain and ItalySimone Castellani,6 December 2017
Can't Wait to Learn - An innovative education programmeAna Rodriguez, War Child8 November 2017
The Authority of Peer Reviews among States in the Global Governance of CorruptionHortense Jongen11 october 2017
Can the subaltern file claims? The World Bank Inspection Panel and subaltern articulationAram Ziai, University of Kassel13 September 2017
Image Wars in Past and Present. Religious Matters in Pluralist SettingsBirgit Meyer, University of Utrecht24 May 2017
Labour regime transformation in Myanmar: Constitutive processes of contestationDennis Arnold5 April 2017
Education for All, the North/South dilemma and decolonizing the mindsClara Carvalho, Center of International Studies (CEI-IUL)8 March 2017
Theorising Islamic feminismLana Sirri25 January 2017

GTD Research Retreat August 2017: Embody your research
From Thursday 24 August to Saturday 26 August 2017 the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development (GTD) research group went on a research retreat in Epen, the Netherlands. During the retreat, the researchers speed-dated, embodied their research during a performance, and engaged in knowledge sharing sessions and a book club. For an impression take a look at these pictures.

Research Colloquia 2016

Decent work for women in global horticulture value chains; the case of the flower industry in East AfricaCaroline Wildeman HIVos International7 December 2016
The role of formal and informal informal information in migrant decision makingDjamila Schans, WODC23 November 2016
Financialisation and DevelopmentEmma Mawdsley, University of Cambridge27 September 2016
Retooling theoryJan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California14 September 2016
Indigenous Masculinities in Berber Morocco: Colonial Violence and Postcolonial RecuperationsPaul Silverstein, Reed College1 June 2016
A living fence: Inequality and the mobility of people, things, and money across the Haiti-Dominican Republic borderErin B. Taylor, University of Lisbon11 May 2016
The Humanitarian Narrative in contextJohannes Paulmann, University of Mainz13 April 2016
Where disaster meets conflictDorothea Hilhorst, Erasmus University Rotterdam16 March 2017
Critical Transformations and Global Development Jeffrey Henderson, University of Bristol17 February 2016

Symposium New Perspectives on Transnational Living
October 19, 2016, Maastricht University
Chaired by Dr. Ozge Bilgili (UNU-MERIT) and Dr. Karlijn Haagsman (FASoS), the event was organised jointly by the IMISCOE standing committee on Interaction of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism (IMITE) and the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). This symposium brought together senior researchers who gave presentations based on draft papers from original research. Keynote lectures were given by Jørgen Carling, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. We invited abstracts for conceptual and/or empirical papers that related to one or both of the following two themes:

  • Transnational practices versus transnational living — For several decades, the empirical study of transnationalism has concentrated on specific transnational practices, such as remittance-sending, communication, transnational entrepreneurship or transnational political activism. In an effort to reinvigorate the theoretical and conceptual development, we wish to revisit the issue of variation in types or degrees of transnationalism. Specifically, we ask whether we can identify forms of transnationalism that go beyond participation in transnational practices to more fundamentally leading lives that span two or more countries. If so, what are the hallmarks of such truly transnational living? And does it undermine the very notion of migration as a change of one’s habitual place of residence?
  • Transnationalism beyond migrants — Transnationalism has conventionally been seen as something that immigrants engage in. However, if we take a step back and use actual practices and ways of life as starting points, we may find that transnationalism involves a greater diversity of people with or without an immigrant background. There is a growing body of research on seasonal migration and transnationalism among native Europeans, for instance, but this is still poorly integrated with the broader migration literature and has yet to provide fundamental challenges to our conceptual frameworks. In what ways can we diversify our study of transnational subjects and thereby reconsider the meanings of transnationalism itself? For a reflection on the symposium click here.

PhD Course New Perspectives on Transnational Living
October 19-21, 2016, Maastricht University
Chaired by Dr. Ozge Bilgili (UNU-MERIT) and Dr. Karlijn Haagsman (FASoS), the event was organised jointly by the IMISCOE standing committee on Interaction of Migrant Integration and Transnationalism (IMITE) and the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE).

The three-day PhD course started with the attendance of the Senior Researchers Symposium on 19 October. The second and third day contained lectures by Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato (Maastricht University) and Marta Bivand Erdal (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway) on the concepts, theories and methodologies of research on transnationalism. On both days PhD students presented their research in smaller groups under the guidance of a senior researcher and received feedback on their work. And, finally, we included some workshops and a documentary screening. For a reflection on the PhD Course click here.

Workshop ‘International Network on Transnational Families’ 
July 5-6, 2016, Centre for Population Change, University of St. Andrews
Workshop organisers: Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato, Prof. dr. Elspeth Graham, Dr. Karlijn Haagsman & Dr. Tatiana Eremenko
In this two-day workshop members of the international network on transnational families came together to discuss research, joint papers and future collaboration. This workshop was a follow up of the workshop “Migrant Famlies Living Across National and Regional Borders” which took place July 1-3, 2015.

MACIMIDE PHD WORKSHOP 2016: “Ethnography in the city: contemporary challenges”
The Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) organised a workshop on urban ethnography, May 30-31, 2016.
Cities are expected to account for almost all world population growth in the future and the majority of people will soon reside in urban areas. Increasing internal and international migration are important factors contributing to the ethnic, religious, infrastructural and legal complexities present in contemporary cities. This diversity and rapidly changing urban context are important sites and topics for ethnographic research and present challenges to establishing a meaningful ethnographic presence in the lives of busy and sometimes hidden populations. Ethnographic techniques such as ‘hanging out’ in a remote village in which observation of every-day life is conducted under the village tree and meaningful conversation emerges by happenstance, are unlikely to be suitable for urban inquiry. This workshop aims at offering young researchers a knowledge-sharing platform under the guidance of three senior experts with extensive experience in various urban contexts in the Global North and South.
The workshop was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands

Research Colloquia 2015

Migrant, the state, Petty Trade: People, goods, money on the move between West Africa and ChinaHeidi Østbø Haugen, University of Norway16 December 2015
The Global War on Terror and Immigrant Organizational Agency: The Case of Pakistani Diaspora Organizations in London, Toronto and New York CityAli R. Chaudhary, University of Oxford18 November 2015
In the Name of Development: power, profit and the datafication of the global SouthLinnet Taylor, University of Amsterdam21 October 2015
Interrogating Development Theories through the Rise of the South Emma Mawdsley, University of Cambridge30 September 2015
Union formation among (children of) migrants in Europe: new patterns and determinants?Helga de Valk, Netherlands Interdisciplinary
Demographic Institute
10 June 2015
Ethnic Enclaves and Transnational FieldsJosé Luis Molina, University of Barcelona14 January 2015

Workshop “Migrant Families Living Across National and Regional Borders”
July 1-3, 2015
Workshop organisers: Prof. dr. Valentina Mazzucato & Dr. Karlijn Haagsman
The three-day workshop “Migrant Families Living Across National and Regional Borders” had as its aim to bring together scholars performing quantitative research on trans-local and transnational migrant families to explore future collaboration. In short, we sought to make cross-country comparisons on the effects of migration on families from a multi-disciplinary, quantitative and multi-sited perspective using the various survey data that these researchers have collected.  Such comparisons would enable a greater understanding of the driving forces behind the effects of migration on families by exploring questions such as: what aspects are generalizable across different contexts, and which contextual factors lead to different outcomes? Such a cross-country comparative exercise would be the first of its kind.

Research Colloquia 2014

Counter Voices in Connected Authoritarian AfricaMirjam de Bruijn, University of Leiden26 November 2014
Follow the MigrantJoris Schapendonk, University of Nijmegen8 October 2014
Beyond Relief in the Near East: The Politics and Policies of an American Humanitarian Organisation in the Aftermath of the First World WarDavide Rodogno, Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva
19 September 2014
Transnational Social Protection: Migrants, Strategies and Formal StructuresBasak Bilecen, Bielefeld University21 May 2014
Transnational Islamic NGOs in Africa: Building Connections through the Charity ChainMayke Kaag, African Studies Centre, Leiden12 February 2014
Immigrants, ethnic minorities and the diversification of urban culturesMarco Martiniello, University of Liège15 January 2014

Transnational Child Raising Arrangements between Africa and Europe Conference”
An interdisciplinary conference organised by the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development Research Program at Maastricht University
De kandelaar in Amsterdam, de Bijlmer, Amsterdam South-East, 26-28 June 2014.
The conference aimed to contribute to the gap in knowledge about the lives of transnational African migrant parents in Europe and their children and caregivers in Africa. On June 26, the conference opened with a policy round table to discuss the main findings of the project with policy makers and practitioners in the field of migration and development from The Netherlands and Ghana. On June 27 and June 28, researchers from the research project ‘Transnational child raising arrangements between Ghana and The Netherlands’ and external researchers presented their findings in a more academic setting.
This was the final conference of the research project on ‘Transnational Child Raising Arrangements between Africa and The Netherlands’ ( funded by the Science for Global Development (WOTRO) division of The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

FASoS Programme UM Dies Natalis: Public Lecture by Prof. Peggy Levitt
Maastricht, 10 January 2014
AMC was co-organiser of the Dies lecture: "Migrating People, Migration Culture: Concepts, Methods and Implications for Development”, by Prof. Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College and Harvard University) on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University. Read more about this event here.

Research Colloquia 2013

Between Wish and Reality: Migration Aspirations, Intentions and RealisationFranck Duvell, University of Oxford4 December 2013
Re-thinking the role of remittances in transnational relationshipsJørgen Carling, Peace Research Institute, Oslo6 November 2013
New maps of Africa? Contextualising the 'Chinese Model' within Ethiopian and Kenyan paradigms of developmentElsje Fourie, Maastricht University9 October 2013
Transnational families and the circulation of care: a framework for the analysis of transnational care practicesLaura Merla, University of Louvain11 September 2013
Revisiting migrant transnationalism and the global care chains’Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot, University of Louvain17 March 2013


TCRAf-Eu Conference on Transnational Families
27-29 March 2013
The conference addresses methodological and substantive gaps in transnational family research by promoting multi-sited, mixed-method and comparative approaches. Invited scholars from different disciplines will present state-of the- art research on transnational families, focusing on children, caregivers and migrant parents located in different parts of the world. The conference is preceded by a PhD workshop in which students will present their work and receive feedback from peers and specialists in the field. The conference opens with a policy roundtable with stakeholders from different European and African countries. This is the final conference of the NORFACE funded ‘Transnational Child Raising Arrangements between Africa and Europe (TCRAf-Eu)’ project (

Policy Roundtable: Migrant Families Living between Africa and Europe
27 March 2013
We would like to share some of our emerging findings with a broader audience and experts in the field to discuss the possible policy implications our research might have. The research shows how conditions in sending countries are linked to integration outcomes in receiving countries and vice-versa, how integration in receiving countries impacts on development outcomes in sending countries. There are many potential policy relevant issues that are addressed by our project and the policy roundtable is intended to initiate a discussion on issues of migration and families and to brainstorm together how our findings can be brought to a wider public of policy makers, practitioners and the media.

Conference: Transnational Families: Multi-Sited, Mixed-Method and Comparative Research Approaches
28-29 March 2013
Final conference of the “Transnational Child Raising Arrangements between Africa and Europe (TCRAf-Eu)”
Transnational families are a current and widespread phenomenon around the globe. The most common form is where one or both parents migrate and children are left in the origin country to be raised by a caregiver. In some cases such arrangements are the result of stringent migration policies in Europe and elsewhere in the Global North, which make it difficult for families to migrate together. In others, they are the preferred choice of family members especially in societies where child fostering and social parenthood are common practices. An emerging concern in both the academic and policy arenas is in the effects of separation on migrant parents and their children. Yet while multi-sited research approaches are advocated, few studies focus contemporaneously on both origin and receiving country contexts and the role of the caregiver is almost always missing. Furthermore, there are hardly any cross‐country comparative studies. Research on transnational families tends to cluster around two fields of study: qualitative, in-depth transnational migration studies and quantitatively focused family and child psychology studies. These two areas of study have remained largely separate of each other while much stands to be gained by bringing insights from these two areas of study to bare on each other. This conference aims to address such methodological and substantive gaps by promoting multi-sited, mixed-method and comparative approaches in transnational family research. The conference will bring scholars together from diverse disciplines and focus on different parts of the world and will be conducted in such a way for ample discussion around specific themes.
For more information on this project please visit our website: