Diaspora & Migration Research Centre


Welcome to the Diaspora & Migration Research Centre at the School of International Studies and Diaspora (SISD) at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. We offer a robust academic program designed to explore the multifaceted dimensions of diaspora and migration, supported by our esteemed faculty known for their expertise and commitment to excellence.

Our Centre offers a Master of Arts in Diaspora and Migration Studies, focusing on the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of migration and transnational settlement. Our interdisciplinary approach encompasses subjects such as cultural anthropology, literature, music, art history, cultural studies, sociology, history, and film studies. This curriculum provides both historically informed and forward-looking perspectives on cultural and social identities, diversity and integration, exile and memory, forced migration, and refugee communities.

We also offer a PhD program that delves deeper into the academic study of diaspora and migration, encouraging original research and critical analysis.

The mission of the Diaspora & Migration Research Centre is to advance understanding of the complex dynamics of diaspora and migration. Through rigorous academic research and interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to contribute to policy development, support diaspora communities, and foster an inclusive society that values diversity and cultural heritage.
Our vision is to be a global leader in diaspora and migration studies, recognized for our innovative research, influential scholarship, and impactful engagement with communities. We aspire to create a world where the contributions of migrant and diaspora communities are acknowledged and celebrated, and where policies are informed by comprehensive, evidence-based

1. Interdisciplinary Approach: Foster a collaborative environment that integrates various academic disciplines to provide a comprehensive understanding of diaspora and migration issues.
2. Community Engagement: Actively engage with diaspora and migrant communities to ensure our research is grounded in real-world experiences and contributes to their well-being.
3. Policy Relevance: Conduct research that directly informs and influences policy-making at local, national, and international levels, aiming to improve the lives of diaspora and migrant populations.
4. Inclusivity and Diversity: Promote inclusivity and diversity within our research center, ensuring that our team and research subjects reflect a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
5. Ethical Research: Adhere to the highest ethical standards in all research activities, respecting the dignity and rights of all individuals involved.
6. Innovative Methodologies: Employ and develop innovative research methodologies that capture the complexities of diaspora and migration phenomena.
7. Knowledge Dissemination: Ensure our research findings are accessible to a broad audience, including academics, policymakers, and the general public, through publications, conferences, and community outreach.
8. Support for Students: Provide a supportive and enriching environment for our students, offering mentorship, resources, and opportunities for professional development.
9. Global Perspective: Maintain a global perspective in our research and collaborations, recognizing the interconnected nature of diaspora and migration issues.
10. Continuous Improvement: Commit to continuous improvement and reflection, regularly reviewing and updating our practices to remain at the forefront of diaspora and migration research.

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