Posted on: 4 October, 2018
Application deadline: September 19, 2019

2019 Salzburg Conference in ​Interdisciplinary Poverty Research​: Migration and Poverty, University of Salzburg, Austria

This conference aims to bring together researchers and scholars from different disciplines, approaches, backgrounds and experiences working on the complex and manifold relation of migration and poverty. Much migration within states and across borders is driven by poverty and the hope for a better well-being and improved living standard but migration is also risky and opens new vulnerabilities. Once migrants reach their chosen destination – if they reach it all – they face new difficulties and are often among the poorest and most disadvantaged in their new home society. On the one hand migration can be a tool to escape poverty, on the other hand it can lead to poverty and social exclusion.This conference has no disciplinary or geographical focus and welcomes papers on intra- and transnational migration in all its forms (voluntary, forced, impelled, seasonal etc.) and its relation to (relative, absolute, monetary, multidimensional etc.) poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Papers exploring normative issues of (social and global) justice, human rights or ethics in relation to migration and poverty are welcomed.The Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research aims at bringing together established as well as young scholars and academics from diverse backgrounds. Submissions of scholars working in the Global South are particularly encouraged and support by a lower conference fee.The registration fee for participants is 100€ and covers the conference folder, a guided city tour on Friday, coffe breaks, two lunch snacks and the conference dinner on Thursday. Students as well as particpiants from countries classified as low-income or lower-middle income economies by the World Bank pay a subsidized fee of 75€.Child care is available at the conference venue at no further costs.

The time allocated for each paper presentation is 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Paper givers may also participate as discussants or chairs in roundtable sessions.

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Keynote Speakers

  • Ilse Derluyn (Ghent) Cathy McIlwaine (King’s College London) Corinna Mieth (Bochum) Julia O‘Connell-Davidson (Bristol) Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht)

Conference Program Overview

Thursday, 19 September 2019
Friday, 20 September 2019
09:00 – Registration Opens / Coffee 09:30 – Opening & Plenary Session 11:20 – Break 11:40 – Parallel Panels 1 12:40 – Lunch 13:20 – Parallel Panels 2 14:20 – Break 14:40 – Parallel Panel 3 15:40 – Break 16:00 – Parallel Panels 4 17:00 – End of Day 1​19:00 – Conference Dinner at tba
​Plenary Session  – 09:00 Break – 10:00 Parallel Panels 5 – 10:20 Break – 11:20 Parallel Panels 6 – 11:40 Lunch – 12:40 Parallel Panels 7 – 13:20 Break – 14:20 Closing & Plenary Session – 14:40 End of Day 2 – 16:20 Guided City Tour – 16:30


The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg is an interdisciplinary research institution with multiple integrations in national and international institutions and networks.  It is dedicated to the research of poverty and social exclusion, in particluar in relation to questions of ethics and philosophy. The CEPR has currently members with backgrounds in social geography, political science, theology, history, literature studies, and philosophy.

The CEPR carries out (externally funded) research projects, organizes workshops and conferences, both for researchers as well as practitioners and policy makers, and its members regularly publish research papers and peer-reviewed volumes, special issues and monographs as well as reports and books aimed at a lay audience.

The CEPR organizes also an annual Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty.

​Since the 2014 the CEPR organizes an annual conference on changing focus themes. In past years conferences covered the topics of space and poverty (2018)religion and poverty (2017), child poverty (2016)absolute poverty in Europe (2015), and ethical issues in poverty alleviation (2014). These conferences are interdisciplinary and open to all interested researchers, practitioners and policy makers. They aim to bring together current research on poverty, inequality and social exclusion and to discuss policies and other measures of poverty alleviation.

Find out more about the CEPR on its website:

Organizing Committee

Andreas Koch is Professor for Social Geography and Head of the Research Group Social Geography at the University of Salzburg. Andreas is also Deputy Head of the CEPR. Andreas’ research interests are Poverty and Inequality in Spatial Context (urban and regional), Demographic Change Research, Modeling and Simulation Social-Spatial Processes, and Computational Social Science.


Clemens Sedmak is Professor of Social Ethics at the University of Notre Dame, Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg and Head of the CEPR. Clemens’ research interests are Ethics, Theology, Catholic Social Thought,  and Poverty Research.


Gottfried Schweiger is a Senior Scientist at the CEPR. Gottfried manages the scientific program of the Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. Gottfried works on topics of Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Childhood, and Global Poverty.



Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research University of Salzburg Mönchsberg 2a A-5020 Salzburg AustriaTel: +43 (0)662 8044 2570 ​E-Mail: cepr(a) Website: