People walking on suspension bridge

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.

03 - 14 Aug 2020
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
View programme

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.

Contact us

If you have a query which is not answered on this page, please email

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

ACU Summer School students jumping in air on beach


Headshot of ACU Summer School 2020 speaker Samuel Agblorti

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.

Headshot of ACU Summer School speaker Heaven Crawley

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.

Follow on Twitter
Headshot of ACU Summer School 2020 speaker Veronica Fynn Bruey (1)

Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey
Seattle University, US

Dr Fynn Bruey is an award-winning scholar with an extensive interdisciplinary educational background. She is a Module Convenor at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, the Director of Flowers School of Global Health Science, a faculty affiliate at Seattle University School of Law, and a research affiliate with the University of London’s Refugee Law Initiative. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement; the co-Founder and Executive Director of Tuki-Tumarankeh; the Founder of the Law and Society's Collaborative Research Network CRN 11: “Displaced Peoples”; and the Founder of the Voice of West African Refugees (VOWAR), located at the Buduburam Refugee settlement in Ghana. Veronica 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. 

Headshot of ACU Summer School 2020 speaker Tasneem Siddiqui

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.

Headshot of ACU Summer School 2020 speaker Jo Vearey

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.

Follow on Twitter
Monday 3 August

Welcome session

Chair: Prof Frederick Armah

Welcome from University of Cape Coast and ACU

Introduction to theme and group project

Small group discussion

Keynote and Q&A

Social event


Nii Ayikwei Parkes in conversation with Awo Ablo

Chair: Awo Ablo


Exploring our Diversity

Chair: Korede Bolade

Intercultural discussion in small groups

Tuesday 4 August

Seminar: Who is migrating and why?

Chair: Stephen Wordsworth

Prof Mariama Awumbila
Prof Heaven Crawley
Nnamdi Iwuora


Lecture and Q&A:Ghanaian history and cultural heritage

Chair: Dr Angela Akorsu

Dr De-Valera NYM Botchway
Kwesi Essel Blankson


Share Your Studies

Chair: Dr Faye Taylor

Challenge yourself to present your studies in an ‘elevator pitch’

Wednesday 5 August

Panel: Climate change, health and migration

Chair: Dr David Doku

Professor Joseph Teye
Professor Tasneem Siddiqui
Professor Jo Vearey


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

Chair: Profesor Alison Phipps

Dr Samuel Agblorti
Dr Leander Kandilige
Tetteh Padi


Group project discussion with mentors

Chair: Dr Samuel Agblorti

Thursday 6 August

Deadly Voyage film screening

Chair: Dr Samuel Agblorti

Dr Vitus Nanbibne

The film screening will be followed by small group discussion


Panel: Gender, marginalised communities and migration

Chair: Dr Georgina Oduro

Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey
Dr Caroline Kihato
Prof Augustine Tanle

Friday 7 August - Wednesday 12 August

Independent group work with the support of a mentor and project submission.


Thursday 13 August


Chair: Prof Frederick Armah

Groups 1 -4

Students present their group projects



Chair: Prof Frederick Armah

Groups 5 - 8

Students present their group projects

Friday 14 August

Reflective session

Chair: Millicent Aning-Agyei

A chance to reflect in small groups


Farewell session

Chair: Prof Frederick Armah

Announcement of group project winners and closing remarks

View all ACU events
Explore the theme
Theme: Global challenges