Knowledge Transfer

The topic of science transfer is of particular importance in refugee research, as research in the context of refugees did not have a high priority in Germany until 2015. Thus, the need for knowledge and information is high due to the now existing need for policy design in the integration of refugees. At the same time, the methodology and systematics of science transfer in general and in refugee research in particular have not yet been developed theoretically down to the last detail. For these reasons, the collection, reflection and classification of transfer approaches in refugee research are of particular relevance. We understand the term “transfer” as multidirectional exchange and collaboration between research and practice. This broad conceptualisation encompasses consulting approaches from science into practice, transfer via educational offers in and from science, but also any kind of transdisciplinary but also participatory research and science. In addition, taking up impulses from practice and translating them into research projects is also included in the term transfer. A possible narrowing of the term in the course of the working group’s work is conceivable.

In an initial kick-off workshop in Hildesheim in April 2019, the working group on transfer has reviewed and reflected on existing transfer approaches, discussing them with researchers and practitioners. Following the workshop, the further working directions of the WG Transfer have emerged from this collection of topics.


Planned activities:

Roundtable on Transfer within this year’s conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Studies

Transfer: Why, for whom, with whom – and how?

The working group, together with the project Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer ( will hold a roundtable at this year’s conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Studies in Chemnitz. It shall provide room for discussing different aspects of transfer methodologically but with an empirical foundation. The aim is to provide guidance to researchers interested in transfer activities.

Date: 29 September 2022, 9-10:30 am

Registration for the conference is mandatory in order to participate in the roundtable.



Prof. Dr. Monika Gonser
Intersectoral School of Governance Baden-Württemberg

Dr. Danielle Gluns
Forschungs- und Transferstelle Migrationspolitik
Universität Hildesheim