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Migration in modern age: agency, ICT, and the digitalization of policy responses

Special issue call for papers from Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

Submission deadline: 1st May 2020

Guest Editors

Dr Anna Visvizi, Deree College -The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Email: [email protected]

Dr Miltiadis D. Lytras, Deree College – The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
Email: [email protected]

The Focus and Rationale of the Special Issue

Migration re-emerged as one of the most important topics of contemporary political and academic debates. There is a growing recognition that active involvement of all stakeholders is needed if migration-inflicted short- and long-term implications are to be effectively addressed. Interestingly, the advent of sophisticated information and communication technology (ICT) creates several opportunities to deal with those implications in a more systematic, more targeted, and indeed more efficient manner than ever before. The objective of this Special Issue is to encourage interdisciplinary research and debate on the multifaceted intersection of migration and ICT as it unfolds at macro-, mezzo- and micro-levels. Against this backdrop, the objective of this Special Issue is also to reflect on how these issues and process fuel the process of transforming policy rendering its digital aspects more pronounced than ever.

The Context and Aims

Research on migration flourishes. Considering the implications of the 2015-2016 refugee and migration crises that Europe was exposed to, the emerging trends push the debate away from demographics and geography toward broadly conceived social sciences. As a result, migration research turns into one of the most vibrant fields of research today. That being said, several issues and topics require greater attention of the research community, if modern age migration is to be understood comprehensively. These issues include, among others: the question of individual migrant/refugee agency, especially as confronted with the rather generic term 'migration' and 'migration flows'; the agency-structure relationship, especially as it unfolds in the act of migration per se; the agency-structure relation as it unfolds in the process of managing migration. From a different angle, too little in current debate on migration has been said about the mezzo-level implications of migration, e.g. as seen and experienced at the local, community, or city levels.
What brings these seemingly diverse considerations together is ICT and the ICT-driven capacity to govern effectively in an increasingly digital era. Examined carefully, ICT plays mediating role in the processes of digitalization, regulation and governance at local, regional, national, and international levels. Accordingly, by bringing ICT in the discussion on migration, new frontiers of research can be identified, new research questions can be posed, and -- certainly -- new insights into the multi-scalar issue of migration and its expanded impact on digital policy, regulation and governance can be added. This Special Issue sets on to do just that.

Aims and Scope

The aim of this Special Issue is to draw and explore new frontiers of research on migration and its multi-scalar implications for the digital policy, regulation and governance at diverse levels of policy-making. By placing migration in the centre of the discussion, this Special Issue aims to provide conceptual and empirical insights into the relationship between individual migrant, migration and the structures, in which they are embedded. This may include issues as straightforward as digitalization of certain processes pertinent to managing migration, including the provision of key services to asylum seekers, data collection and management, safety and security issues, information sharing, principles and rules, regulations and policies, and the digital aspects thereof.

Indicative list of topics

The Editors of this Special Issue invite conceptually-sound and empirically driven papers that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • migration management: data collection, data analytics, application for evidence-driven policy-making;
  • migration management: the ethics of data collection, data analytics, and usage;
  • migration: big data science at the service of international, national, regional and municipal authorities: resettlement, integration, civic participation, prosperity
  • migration and smart cities: ICT and its uses in managing migration in urban space (including access to services, also e-government, online education, etc)
  • issues, policies, regional developments;
  • conceptual approaches to migration, including greater focus on questions on ontology and epistemology, and hence the agency-structure issue;
  • case studies: community level, cities, regions, countries,
  • the role of international organizations and other groupings in these developments, e.g. IOM, OECD, EU, other

Deadline and Submission Details

Author submission deadline: 1st May 2020
Notifications of Review: 1st July 2020
Deadline for revisions: 1st August 2020
Notifications of 2nd Review: 1st September 2020
Deadline for revisions: 1st November 2020
Final Acceptance: December 2020

Conference papers will be considered for publication in this Special Issue too.

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