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Research Projects

In this section we feature academic research that explores the intricate and sometimes conflicting aspects of how migrants engage with technology.  Here, we celebrate the spirit of collaborative knowledge production, showcasing projects that embody interdisciplinary synergy and innovative thinking. Our platform is particularly dedicated to spotlighting the contributions of early-career scholars, though we welcome the insights of established researchers as well. This section serves as a vibrant incubator for pioneering ideas, offering fresh perspectives and advancing the scholarly conversation on migration and technology.

Digital Leisure Divide and the Forcibly Displaced

The importance of recognizing and understanding the digital leisure activities of forcibly displaced populations, often overlooked in research focused on utility-driven ends, is crucial for creating meaningful humanitarian interventions and ensuring accurate narratives about these communities.

Key words: Digital leisure, forced displaced, refugees, technology, participatory filmmaking.

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‘Conexión Sin Fronteras’ (Connection Without Borders)

This project explores using WhatsApp to study settling refugees' experiences, leveraging its benefits for gathering data and fostering community, as seen in our work with Venezuelan refugees in Boa Vista, Brazil.

Key words: Messaging apps, refugee settlement, Venezuelan refugees, WhatsApp groups.

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Becoming a Rotterdammer

What does it mean for a newcomer 'to thrive'? Is it having a home, a meaningful job, lots of friends? When newcomers feel like they belong in a city, they will feel more at home and their well-being and participation will increase. Through Becoming a Rotterdammer, we seek newcomers who excel in belonging, potentially discovering strategies that hasten their sense of home, which others can emulate.

Key words: Positive deviants, social media, newcomers, bottom-up innovation, action research.

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Digital Place-Makers

What is place-making? How do migrants use technology and digital media to make place in new environments? And how could they use that same technology to tell their own place-making stories to inform, inspire and involve both other newcomers and host communities in making a better place?

Key words: Placemaking, forced displaced, refugees, technology, participatory filmmaking.

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