Knowledge transfer and mobilization in refugee research: Concepts, strategies and practice in Canada and Germany

In December 2018, twenty-five researchers gathered in Heidelberg to discuss and exchange about current knowledge mobilization approaches in the field of refugee research. Participants of the workshop in Heidelberg on knowledge mobilization were researchers from the German Leibniz institutions, German and Canadian universities and Canadian service provider organizations.


Research transfer and mobilization is an evolving concept and, so far, a clear and coherent systematization has not been developed. Depending on the perspectives involved, different approaches and schemes are considered as research transfer. At the same time, in some research fields, the research transfer demanded by practitioners, and the motivation of researchers to engage in transfer activities, is very apparent – as it is in refugee studies.


The workshop agenda offered an oversight about the most relevant fields of knowledge mobilization in this field of research: communication and information, consulting, education and training and cooperation. In this frame, approaches of various projects to knowledge mobilization were discussed. For instance the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in Halifax (Canada); the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in London, Ontario (Canada); the Real-World laboratory: asylum seekers in the Rhine Neckar region (Real-Labor Asyl) in Heidelberg (Germany); and various research projects in the field of education and teacher education introduced their concepts. For further information please see the agenda and the brief report.