Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure to conduct an online interview with Marzia Rango, Research and Data Officer at the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC). Today, this video has finally been published on Youtube.
Marzia is a leading expert on the use of ‘big data’ in migration research. Among many other interesting points, she specifies various migration-related topics on which ‘new’ data sources and related methods might shed light. Also, she warns against the emergence of a divide between theory development and empirical evidence, encourages broader scientific collaboration between academia and the private sector, and elaborates on her assessment that new and ‘traditional’ data should supplement each other instead of being seen as competing.
This video is part of a series created by the IMISCOE Standing Committee “Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research” (Meth@Mig). The video series aims to stimulate debates on the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges that the emergence of new methods and the availability of new data types entail for migration research and migration scholars worldwide.