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Kerstin Schmidt

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Kerstin Schmidt

Bielefeld University, Faculty of Sociology

PO Box 100131

33501 Bielefeld

 

Room:  X-C4-235
Telefone:   +49 (0)521/106-4638
E-mail: kerstin.schmidt1@uni-bielefeld.de

 

Curriculum Vitae

Research projects

since 2015 YMOBILITY - Youth Mobility: maximizing opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in Europe (Information)
since 2014 MECLEP - Migration, Environment and Climate change: Evidence for Policy (Information)
since 2014 EURA-NET - Transnational Migration in Transition (Information)

 

Professional Experience

since 2013 Researcher Research Unit on Transnationalization, Development and Migration Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany
since 2013 Associate Researcher, University of Sussex (UK)
2011-2013 Science Officer, International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for LAC, Mexico City (Mexico)
2011 Visiting Fellow, El Colegio de México (COLMEX), Mexico City (Mexico)
2010 Associate Tutor, University of Sussex (UK)
2002-2005 Research Assistant, DIVERSITAS, Paris (France)
2000-2002 Research Assistant, International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Bonn (Germany)

 

Education

2007-2012 PhD, Migration Studies, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex (UK)
2006-2007 MSc, Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods (merit), University of Sussex (UK)
1999-2005 Magistra Artium, Anthropology, Sociology and French, Cologne University (Germany)
1995-1999 BA, Marketing Management, Hogeschool van Utrecht, the Netherlands
1997-1998 Student Exchange, ESPEME, France

 

Consultancies

2016 Bertelsmann Foundation, Indian High-Skilled Migrants and International Students in Germany, with Thomas Faist and Mustafa Aksakal
2013 EU-LAC Foundation, Feasibility Study for Establishment of EU-LAC Migration Observatory, with Diana Mata-Codesal
2010 DfID, Guidance note on climate change and migration, with Richard Black and Dominic Kniveton
2007 DfID, Migration and climate change: Future trends and their policy implications, with Richard Black, Dominic Kniveton, Akira Murata and Daniel Coppard

 

Fieldwork Experience

2008-2009 Fieldwork for doctoral research in Zacatecas and Veracruz (Mexico), 12 months
2004 Fieldwork for Magister thesis in a hostel for African workers, Paris (France), 3 months

 

Fellowships

Bucerius PhD Scholarship in Migration Studies, Settling into Motion Programme of ZEIT Foundation, Germany – stipend for PhD dissertation

Summer Academy: "Environmental change, migration and social vulnerability", organised by UNU-EHS and Munich Re Foundation, Hohenkammer Castle, German, 2008.

 

Scientific Publications

2017 Schmidt, K. (forthcoming): Climate change and migration - the need for a cohesive global approach, Springer: Dordrecht.
  Schmidt, K. (forthcoming): Transnationalismus; in Mihran Dabag (ed.), Lexikon nicht-staatlicher Gemeinschaften und Diasporen im Mittelmeerraum, Wilhelm Fink: München/Paderborn.
  Faist, T., Aksakal, M., Schmidt, K. (forthcoming): Migrant transnationalism and modes of transformation; in Vihalemm, Peeter/Anu Masso (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to European Social Transformation, Ashgate Publishing
2016 Faist, T., Schmidt, K., Ulbricht, C. (2016): Inclusion, Exclusion, and Citizenship: An Overview of European Practice; in: Ambrosini, Maurizio (ed.) Europe – No Migrant’s Land, Italian Institute for International Political Studies: Milan. (Link) (Download)
  Nyaoro, D., J. Schade, K. Schmidt (2016) Assessing the Evidence. Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Kenya; Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) Project, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Geneva. (Link) (Download)
  Schmidt, K. (2016): Social Inequality and International Migration Related to Climate Stressors: The Case of Mexico; in: McLeman, Robert/Jeanette Schade/Thomas Faist (eds.) Environmental Migration and Social Inequality, Springer. (Link)
  Faist, T., Schmidt, K., Ulbricht, C. (2016): Inclusion, Exclusion, and Citizenship: An Overview of European Practice, Bielefeld: Working Paper 140/2016, COMCAD – Centre on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld. (Download)
  Faist, T., Schmidt, K., Ulbricht, C. (2016): Citizenship in the context of immigration - comparative perspectives, in Frank D. Bean & Susan K. Brown (eds.), Encyclopedia of Migration, Springer: Dordrecht. (Link)
2015 Schade, J., McDowell, C., Ferris, E., Schmidt, K., Bettini, G., Felgentreff, C., Gemenne, F., Patel, A., Rovins, J., Stojanov, R., Sultana, Z., Wright, A. (2015): Climate change and climate policy induced relocations: A challenge for social justice - Recommendations of the Bielefeld Consultation, Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series, 10(1), IOM: Geneva. (Download)
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt, K. (2015): Migration and social protection as adaptation in response to climate-related stressors: The case of Zacatecas in Mexico, in Felicitas Hillmann, Marie Pahl, Birte Rafflenbeul & Harald Sterly (eds.), Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration in Complex Regional Realities, Palgrave MacMillan: London. (Link)
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt, K. (2015): Temporary migration in Asian-German transnational spaces: A conceptual reflection. Working Paper 135/2015, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development. Bielefeld. (Download)
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt, K. (2015): Mobilities in Asian-German transnational spaces: Temporary migrants' experiences, perceptions and motivations, Working Paper 133/2015, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, Bielefeld University. (Download)
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2015): Conceptual Framework on Temporary Migration, Report on Conceptual Clarifications for the EURA-NET Project. (Download
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt, K. (2015): German country report on semi-structured interviews with temporary migrants: Asian-German transnational spaces, report for the EURA-NET project.
2014 Aksakal, M., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2014): New Migration Trends in Germany. Characteristics, Actors and Policies, Working Paper 128/2014, COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, Bielefeld University. (Download)
  Aksakal, M., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2014): Characteristics of Temporary Transnational Migration: The German Case, in Pirkko Pitkänen/Mari Korpela (eds.), Characteristics of Temporary Transnational Migration, Collected Working Papers from the EURA-NET project, 2014: 98-136. (Download)
  Aksakal, M.,Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2014): Temporary Migration in Germany, in Pirkko Pitkänen/Sergio Carrera (eds.), Transnational Migration in Transition: State of the Art Report on Temporary Migration, Collected Working Papers from the EURA-NET project, 2014: 115-144. (Download)
  Aksakal, M.,Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2014) Internationale Migration und Globalisierung, Neue Caritas - Migration und Integration: Wege von Migranten/Flüchtlingen 2014(3): 2-4. (Link)
2013 Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2013): Klimawandel und Migration: Ein konzeptioneller und methodologischer Ansatz am Beispiel Mexikos, in: Carsten Felgentreff/Martin Geiger (Hg), Migration und Umwelt (IMIS-Beiträge, H. 44), Osnabrück. (Download)
  Black, R., Kniveton, D., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2013): Migration and climate change: Towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity, in: Thomas Faist/Jeanette Schade (Hg): Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights, Springer, Dordrecht. (Nachdruck eines Artikels veröffentlicht in Environment and Planning A 2011). (Link)
2012 Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2012): The potential influence of climate change on migratory behaviour - a study of drought, hurricanes and migration in Mexico, DPhil thesis, University of Sussex: Brighton. (Download)
2011 Black, R., Kniveton, D.,Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2011): Migration and climate change: Towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity, Environment and Planning A 43(2) 431-450. (Link)
2010 Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2010): "Buscando la vida" - How do perceptions of increasingly dry weather affect migratory behaviour in Zacatecas, Mexico? in: Tamer Afifi/Jill Jäger (Hg): Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability, Springer, Dordrecht. (Link)
2009 Kniveton, D., Smith, C., Black, R., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2009): Challenges and approaches to measuring the migration-environment nexus, in: Frank Laczko/Christine Aghazarm (Hg): Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence, International Organisation for Migration, Geneva. (Download)
  Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2009): The Potential Influence of Changing Precipitation and Temperature Patterns on Migratory Behaviour in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, in: Anthony Oliver-Smith/Xiaomeng Shen (Hg): SOURCE Nr. 12/2009: Linking Environmental Change, Migration, and Social Vulnerability, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn. (Download)
  Bronen, R., Chandrasekhar, D., Amor Conde, D., Kavanova, K., Morinière, L.C., Schmidt-Verkerk, K., Witter, R. (2009): Lead Chapter - Stay in Place or Migrate: A Research Perspective on Understanding Adaptation to a Changing Environment. in: Anthony Oliver-Smith/Xiaomeng Shen (Hg): SOURCE Nr. 12/2009: Linking Environmental Change, Migration, and Social Vulnerability, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn. (Download)
2008 Kniveton, D., Schmidt-Verkerk, K., Smith, C., Black, R. (2008): Climate Change and Migration: Improving Methodologies to Estimate Flows. IOM Migration Research Series Paper No. 33, 2008, International Organisation for Migration, Geneva. (Download)
  Black, R., Kniveton, D., Skeldon, R., Coppard, D., Murata, A., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2008): Demographics and Climate Change: Future Trends and their Policy Implications for Migration, Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, Working Paper T27. (Download)
  Kniveton, D., Black, R., Smith, C., Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2008): Measuring the Migration/Environment Nexus, Strategiepapier präsentiert auf dem Workshop „Migration and the Environment“ in Bonn; UNU-EHS, IOM and UNEP.

 

Policy Briefs

2015 Schade, J., Ch. McDowell, E. Ferris, K. Schmidt, G. Bettini, C. Felgentreff, F. Gemenne, A. Patel, J. Rovins, R. Stojanov, Z. Sultana and A. Wright: Climate change and climate policy induced relocation: A challenge for social justice. Recommendations of the Bielefeld Consultation 2014; Migration, Environment and Climate Change, Policy Brief Series, Issue 10. Vol. 1, December 2015. (Link)

 

Editorial Work

LIT Verlag, Series Politics, Community and Society in a Globalized World. (Link)

(2016) Christine Esterbauer: Demokratisierung der mexikanischen Bergbau- und Metallergewerkschaft durch politische Basisbildung - Das Beispiel der Sektion 147 in Monclova, ISBN 978-3-643-50682-5 (Link).

(2015) Katrin Fröhlich: Transnationale Nichtregierungsorganisationen als Akteure Sozialer Sicherung - Das Beispiel eines Rentenprojektes in Tansania, ISBN 978-3-643-12998-7 (Link).

 

Organized Events

International workshop: Transnational networks, politics and change, Bielefeld University, Germany, July 2016. (with Margit Fauser and Mustafa Aksakal).

Expert Discussion Round: New trends in immigration to Germany: Characteristics, actors and policies, Bielefeld University, Germany, June 2015. (with Mustafa Aksakal).

Workshop: Social inequality and social justice in environmentally-induced relocation, Bielefeld University, Germany, November 2014. (with Jeanette Schade).

Workshop: Transnationale Migration im Umbruch: Transformative Eigenschaften temporärer Mobilität, Bielefeld University, Germany, June 2014. (with Mustafa Aksakal).

 

Scientific Presentations and Conference Participation

Invited Lecture: 'Forced Migration, Environment and Climate Change', Migration Research Center at Koç University International Summer School, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2016.

'Access to transnational links in the context of climate change – The cases of Zacatecas and Veracruz in Mexico', International workshop: Transnational networks, politics and change, Bielefeld University, Germany, July 2016.

'Influencing factors in decisions about the temporariness of migration: The case of Asian migrants in Germany, Sojourners, Economic Migrants', Expats: Temporary Migrations in Global Perspective, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, June 2016.

'Temporary migration in the Euro-Asian transnational space: Preliminary findings from the EURA-NET project' an der Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, July 2015 (with Mustafa Aksakal).

'Migration and climate change adaptation - complex interlinkages' auf der Konferenz 'Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention' in Durham, Großbritannien, Junie 2015 (with Jeanette Schade).

Moderation des Panels 'Climate policies and the freedom of residence: planned relocation in the context of adaptation and mitigation measures' auf der Konferenz 'Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention' in Durham, Großbritannien, June 2015.

'Migration und Klimawandel' at Universität Osnabrück, April 2015.

'Climate change, migration and social protection: The case of rural Mexico', Workshop 'Parallel Worlds- Environmental Change, Regional Adaptation and the Role of Migration' an der Universität zu Köln, July 2014 (with Mustafa Aksakal).

'Climate change and migration - The need for a cohesive global approach' auf der Konferenz des NORFACE Programms „Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers" in London, UK, April 2013.

Panel chair: 'Climate change and migration', confernce of NORFACE Program „Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers" in London, UK, April 2013.

'The role of social inequality in migration decisions related to climate change: The case of Mexico, ESF-ZiF-Bielefeld Conference "Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration, December 2012.

Session Chair: 'Migration theories: What role for inequality and environmental degradation', ESF-ZiF-Bielefeld Conference "Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration", December 2012.

'Migration & Climate Change: a case study from Mexico', invited lecture at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, February 2012.

'Los efectos potenciales del cambio climático sobre los flujos migratorios en México', International Symposium of the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD) – Global Crisis and Migratory Strategies: Redefining Migration Policies, sesión: Cambio climático, deterioro ambiental y nuevos procesos migratorios, Quito, Ecuador, May 2011.

'Un enfoque metodológico alternativo para analizar el nexo entre cambio climático y migración: El caso de México', presentation at the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CRIM-UNAM), Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 2011.

'Population, migration and climate change, ESF-BU-ZiF Conference on Environmental Change and Migration: “From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities”, Bad Salzuflen, Germany, December 2010, keynote address on behalf of Richard Black.

'Mobility in Mexico under climate change - Opportunities and limitations', ESF-BU-ZiF Conference on Environmental Change and Migration: “From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities”, Bad Salzuflen, Germany, December 2010, poster presentation.

'Una evaluación integrada para analizar el nexo entre cambio climático y migración: el caso de México, X Reunión Nacional de Investigación Demográfica en México, Session J.14: Población y Cambio Climático, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2010.

'Migration and climate change: towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity', "Population Dynamics and Climate Change: Building for Adaptation”, Session 4: Climate-Induced Migration, Mexico City, Mexico, October 2010, invited paper with Dominic Kniveton.

'Using an integrated assessment to analyse migration drivers and facilitating factors in Mexico and their sensitivity to climate change', "Settling into Motion" Students Conference, Berlin, Germany, April 2010.

'Climate Change and Migratory Behaviour in Rural Communities in Mexico', invited presentation at the research colloquium "Climate and Environmental Change: Challenges for Migration Research", COMCAD - Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, April 2010.

'Does the climate make people migrate? - Evidence from Mexico', Session 224: Environment-induced migrants, XXVI IUSSP International Population Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, October 2009.

'The potential influence of climate variability on migratory behaviour - a study of drought, hurricanes and migration in Mexico', "Climate Change, Adaptation and Migration", CCRG Easter Meeting, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, April 2009.

'La relación potencial entre cambio climático y migración en los estados de Zacatecas y Veracruz, México', CIESAS Golfo, Xalapa, Mexico, March 2009.

'Buscando la Vida' - How do Increasing Periods of Drought Affect Migratory Behaviour in Zacatecas, Mexico?', International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability (EFMSV), organised by UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany, October 2008.

'Does climate variability influence migratory behaviour? - A study of droughts, hurricanes and migration in Mexico', 31st International Geographical Congress, Com.04-32 Population and Vulnerability, Tunis, Tunisia, August 2008.

Sequía y migración en el Estado de Zacatecas', University of Zacatecas, Mexico, April 2008.

'The nexus between climate change and migration - appraising existing studies and proposing new research', IMISCOE Annual Meeting, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, September 2007.

 

Teaching

(2015/16) MA: Research Class Part II: New Trends in Immigration to Germany: Characteristics, Actors and Policies (with Mustafa Aksakal)

(2015/16) MA: Sociological and Political Perspectives on Migration and the Environment (with Mustafa Aksakal)

(2015) MA Research Class Part I: New Trends in Immigration to Germany: Characteristics, Actors and Policies (with Mustafa Aksakal)

(2014/15) BA: Introduction into Development and Environmental Change (with Jeanette Schade)

(2014) MA: Social Protection and Migration in the Context of Global Environmental Change

(2013/14) BA: Development in Times of Climate Change

(2010) BA: Environmental Perspectives on Development, University of Sussex, Großbritannien (with Grace Carswell)



 

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