Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM) concentrates and strengthens the research in integration and migration at the University of Duisburg-Essen, encourages collaboration with researchers from other scientific institutions and seeks to develop meaningful responses to contemporary challenges in society. The UDE’s location in a region with a long history of migration is not insignificant for this research field. It therefore made sense that the first university centre for integration and migration research in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) should be located here. InZentIM has close ties with research institutions, foundations, local authorities and communities, schools and various initiatives in the Ruhr metropolitan area and the state.

Over 70 scientists from different disciplines and faculties at the University of Duisburg-Essen work in research and teaching on integration and migration. The work of InZentIM centres on key issues that are organized into clusters (Multilingualism and Education; Labour, Education and Social Participation; Health and Medicine; Democracy; Transnational and Global Processes). Work in the clusters is accompanied by research on externally funded projects and communication in inter- and multidisciplinary research cooperation. InZentIM works closely with UDE faculties and with institutes like the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (GCR21) in Duisburg, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Education Research (IZfB) and the Center for Studies on Turkey and Integration Research (ZfTI) in Essen.

Three new (foundation) professorships established in 2017/2018 will help to extend the InZentIM profile. The new appointments cover Migration and Participation, Intercultural Psychology, and Entrepreneurship and Migration. From 2018, new professorships under the federal and state government programme to promote young scientists and researchers (“Wisna” professorships) will again strengthen InZentIM’s research potential. They will focus on the following thematic areas: Transnational Cooperation and Migration Research; Multilingualism and Social Participation; Language Integration; Global Mobility from the 18th to the 20th Century; Labour Market, Migration, Integration. A particular concern of InZentIM is also to support young scholars and researchers and integrate them in its work.

InZentIM strives to invigorate communication between science, politics, business and industry, administration, and culture in its field. Through its conferences it reaches out to practitioners and the media (2017: “Key elements of model communities for refugees and immigrants”; 2018: “Migration, Social Transformation, and Education for Democratic Citizenship”). The expertise of InZentIM’s researchers extends from the Social Sciences, Humanities and Education to Medicine. The clusters and projects connected with InZentIM reflect this disciplinary and interdisciplinary breadth, relate to important local, regional, national and European questions and challenges, help to gain new knowledge, and underline the importance of research in contemporary debates.