ACU Summer School 2020 | The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees

Focusing on the theme of 'The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees', this year's Summer School will be delivered virtually.

Cape Coast
03 - 14 Aug 2020
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
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Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year’s ACU summer school will be delivered virtually in partnership with University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. We are delighted to be in a position where can still bring together talented students from across the Commonwealth, whilst safeguarding the health and wellbeing of staff and students during this global health emergency.

Students will share their knowledge and experiences of migration, work on a challenging group project, learn from expert speakers and virtually immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture and history. Developed by senior University of Cape Coast subject specialists, the programme has been adapted to provide students with rich intercultural experiences, even at a distance.

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Students often tell us they find participating in the Summer School to be a life-changing event. You can watch the video from Summer School 2019 below.

ACU Summer School 2019 in Mauritius was my first summer school experience and the interactions with other participants, the knowledge gained and the beautiful venue will stay with me forever.

Tanmay – Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

Find Out What Happened At The ACU Summer School 2019 In Mauritius



Dr Samuel Agblorti
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr Agblorti’s research focuses on the nexus between refugees’ use of environmental resources and the resultant environmental conflicts with host populations. He also specialises in the feasibility of local integration of refugees, using political ecology as an analytical framework. He is the team lead for Disaster Risk Management and Migration at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Coastal Resilience (ACECoR), University of Cape Coast.


Professor Heaven Crawley FAcSS
Coventry University, UK

Professor Crawley joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in September 2014 from where she leads the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub (MIDEQ). Professor Crawley’s research is underpinned by concerns about the inequalities with which international migration is often (but not always) associated: global, local and social inequalities that limit human potential and shape decisions to migrate. She has more than 25 years' experience of undertaking research on international migration in a wide range of institutional settings.

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Fynn Bruey

Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey
Seattle University, US

Dr Fynn Bruey is an award-winning scholar with an extensive interdisciplinary educational background. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement, and the Founder of the Law and Society's Collaborative Research Network “Displaced Peoples”, and the co-Founder and Executive Director of Tuki-Tumarankeh.  She lectures in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Fynn Bruey is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.

Caroline Kihato

Dr. Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Caroline Kihato is a Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford’s Department of International Development, and a Global Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington DC.  Her career has involved both teaching and conducting research in  academia and the non-profit sector in South Africa, and her research and teaching interests consist of migration, gender, governance, and urbanisation in the global South. 


Professor Tasneem Siddiqui
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professor Siddiqui is the Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), at University of Dhaka and leading social scientist on migration of Bangladesh. Her works on drivers and impact of labour migration, female labour migration, diaspora, remittances, climate change adaptation and migration have been published nationally and internationally. She led preparation of the National Strategy for Climate Induced Internally Displaced Persons in Bangladesh for the Ministry of Disaster and Relief and UNDP.


Professor Jo Vearey
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Vearey is the Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, and of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, she established the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp). As a public health researcher with a commitment to social justice, Professor Vearey’s research explores ways to generate and communicate knowledge to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the southern African region.

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Monday 3 August

Welcome from University of Cape Coast and ACU

Introduction to theme and group project

Small group discussion

Keynote and Q&A

Social event

Tuesday 4 August

Seminar: Who is migrating and why?

Ghanaian history and cultural heritage Q&A

Social event

Wednesday 5 August

Panel: Climate change, health and migration

Seminar: Challenges of integration and labour market participation for migrants and refugees

Group project discussion

Thursday 6 August

Culture sharing session

Panel: Gender, marginalised communities and migration

Friday 7 August - Wednesday 12 August

Independent group work to complete group projects, supported by a mentor


Friday 14 August

Reflective session and farewell

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Theme: Global challenges