The University of Copenhagen (UCopenhagen) was founded in 1479. With approximately 40.000 students and 10.000 employees, it is the largest and oldest university in Denmark. UCopenhagen is ranked 35 on the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 and is a member of the prestigious International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) and League of European Research Universities (LERU). It has six faculties (Humanities, Law, Social Science, Science, Health and Theology) and 38 departments.

The Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) was established in 2013 by the Faculty of Humanities and all its departments. This is where RESPOND will be situated. UCopenhagen will lead WP 3 “Refugee protection regimes” (together with participant no. 9, UAegean). Furthermore, UCopenhagen will prepare the report on the conceptualization of refugee protection regimes and best practices in this WP. Also in WP8 “Comparative and prescriptive analysis” UCopenhagen will play a central role. The Centre for Advanced Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for migration research, combining a variety of approaches, including the social sciences, philosophy, history, ethnology, linguistics and the arts. With almost 100 affiliated scholars, the Centre promotes cutting-edge research on a broad range of issues in the theory and practice of migration. Major research projects at AMIS include the Politics of Social Cohesion; the Mother Tongue Project; Migration, State and Pedagogy. The primary aims of AMIS include stimulating and facilitating cooperation among the researchers at the Faculty of Humanities who work on issues of migration; providing a forum in which research projects and papers can be developed, discussed and improved; stimulating national and international research cooperation on migration, and hosting talks, seminars and conferences, and addressing issues of immigration and integration for which there is significant societal interest. AMIS has furthermore developed and is responsible for the MA Program in Advanced Migration Studies, which was established in 2014 and admits 50 students every year. A guidingprinciple for all of AMIS’ work is that the challenges posed by migration require a collaborative effort from a wide range of disciplines. The Centre is run by the director, Nils Holtug, in collaboration with a steering committee in which all the departments at the Faculty of Humanities at UCopenhagen are represented. Furthermore, AMIS has an International Advisory Board with prominent members of the international research community. It is a member of IMISCOE, which is the largest network for migration research in Europe and includes many of the strongest institutions and centres

Nils Holtug

Director of Centre for Advanced Migration Studies and Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Copenhagen. He is currently working on a book titled The Politics of Social Cohesion. Immigration, Community and Justice (under contract with Oxford University Press).


Georgiana Turculet

Within the field of Political Science, I specialize Political Theory. I am interested in exploring issues concerning migration and the rights of migrants from a normative perspective. My research interest attempts to bridge the gap between the realm of philosophers with those of migration scholars and policy makers.  I focus on migration, citizenship, and democracy, particularly the moral and political issues raised by the movement of people across state borders. While approaching the completion of my PhD at Central European University and prior to joining RESPOND and Copenhagen University, I conducted research and teaching as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, as a Global Teaching Fellow, and visited New York University, Columbia University, among other departments


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