About Us

The BROAD-ER Project (Bridging the Migration and Urban Studies Nexus) is an EC-funded Twinning Project that primarily intends to lay the foundations of strategic networking and collaboration in the themes of migration and urban studies. BROAD-ER, first and foremost, aims to build a Research Excellence Network which will foster interdisciplinary research and training at the nexus of migration and urban studies. The collaboration of three universities, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF, Spain), the University of Amsterdam (UvA, the Netherlands,) and Koç University (KU, Turkey), aims at closing the research gap within the European Research Area (ERA) while also increasing Research & Innovation capacities in Turkey in such pivotal emergent fields. The 3-university alliance will help to engage in three main research areas: internationalization of cities (led by KU), establishing new relations between the national and the local and increasing autonomy from national governments (led by UPF), and detachment from formal governance by independent actors (led by UvA). To achieve this, BROAD-ER will offer scientific and research management training activities to researchers, including research proposal management and key transferable skills (ethical issues, diversity, equity and inclusion, scientific outreach, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, etc.) while addressing research excellence in the project’s fields. The training plans, including summer and winter schools, will be complemented with mobility activities allowing the establishment of networking structures and increasing KU’s internationalization. BROAD-ER is expected to result in multiple (joint) publications in high-impact top-tier journals, an increased capacity to attract research funding and undertake proposal management. BROAD-ER aspires to fill the below mentioned gaps by bringing together leading experts in the field of migration and urban studies, leveraging European best practices, and implementing the necessary institutional changes towards KU’s full participation in the ERA priorities.

Our Objectives

  • Creating strategic networking among three institutions to bridge migration and urban studies nexus
  • Developing an innovative interdisciplinary approach and increasing R&I activities in these research areas
  • Improving research and teaching and their management capacity and administrative skills of the partners 
  • Establishing innovative approaches for bridging migration and urban politics research
  • Establishing a multidisciplinary research group of top-class and promising researchers on migration and urban studies to close the research gaps and increase the R&I capacities
  • Strengthen cooperation, integration and knowledge exchange with the international research community, industry and policymakers
  • Strengthen innovation capacity and performance to ensure long-term sustainability
  • Effectively disseminate and communicate BROAD-ER project activities and results

Koç University

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Türkiye. Since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Türkiye, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond. More »

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632. Its 6,000 staff, 3,000 PhD candidates and 40,000 students work and study together at various locations in Amsterdam.  More »

Pompeu Fabra University

UPF was founded in 1990 by the Catalan government with the aim of creating a public university focused on academic excellence and contributing to the country’s development. To achieve this goal, over the years, UPF has carried out all of its activities in accordance with strict quality criteria and has created a model of an urban university that is intimately linked to the city of Barcelona.  More »