(2015-2018) Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD) (Research network)


Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Gary Bosworth, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Danica Šantić, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Dr Ruth McAreavey, Queen’s University Belfast, UK



About MICaRD

This research network aims to bring together scholars, policymakers and practitioners across Europe to provide a forum for debating current and emerging issues on European economic migration in order to foster collaboration and expand research opportunities. The specific focus is on increasing labour mobility within the EU and the impact on regional development in rural areas for both sending and receiving nations.

Through its events, MICaRD will explore the implications of European economic migration on three interconnected levels: that of an individual (skills, human capital, employability, motivations for migration), community (cohesion and integration) and the region (regional development, planning and policy). These will be explored through dimensions such as labour markets, entrepreneurialism, networks and social integration, but at the same time will not be limited to these. 


MICaRD upcoming events:


3-6 April 2016

Launch event and special panel session at Regional Studies Association Conference, Graz, Austria

17-18 May 2016

Inaugural dinner and workshop ‘Exploring and identifying barriers to migrants’ opportunities in the labour market’ organised in association with the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network and hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

18-21 September 2016

‘Contemporary Migration in Changing World: New Perspectives and Challenges’ International Conference hosted by the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Spring 2017

A two-day workshop on “Costs and benefits of heightened mobility – reframing the debate”, University of Warsaw, Poland. Details to follow.

Autumn 2017

Two-day event on “Migrant Entrepreneurship as a route to assimilation”, University of Lincoln, UK. Details to follow.


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