Global migration patterns, primarily from rural to urban areas and from less economically developed countries to economically emerging and established countries, have led to tremendous challenges in population health and urban development, which are intricately connected. Migration research has not kept pace with the rapid changes in migration patterns, the decision processes driving them, and the profound changes in destination communities.
The project will capitalize on the existence of Columbia Global Centers by establishing a network of scholars focused on the health consequences of migration worldwide.
The goal of this project is to establish a network of scholars focused on the health consequences of migration worldwide that engages in a truly global conversation. Specifically, we propose to capitalize on the existence of the Columbia Global Centers to create an intellectual web of migration scholars, connected through regional nodes (the Global Centers) to Columbia University via a virtual space. The virtual space will centralize data, information, and scholarship relevant to migration research and will be hosted by the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC).
In addition to identify key regional migration scholars to recruit into the network and disseminating information about the activities of the network, locally, the centers will host annual network meetings and conferences on a rotating basis. We expect that the proposed migration network will greatly impact scholarship, engage Columbia and local scholars with the global centers, and solidify Columbia’s reputation as an agent of innovation in the new, globalized, world.