Editorial: Research methods in ethnic and migration studies


  • Carla De Tona Department of Sociology, The University of Manchester
  • Annalisa Frisina Department of Sociology, University of Padua
  • Deianira Ganga




Interdisciplinary, methodology, reflexivity, positionality, visual and participatory methods


The acceleration and diversification of the movement across borders of millions of people has recently implied a heightened relevance of topics such as ethnicity, race and migration in the social sciences. Nevertheless, being migration a highly interdisciplinary and complex issue, the diverse national academic traditions and methodologies of investigation currently existing have up to now hindered the development of a clear framework for the understanding of the phenomenon. Through this special issue HERMES (European Researchers in Migration and Ethnic Studies) attempts to provide a dedicated arena offering European researchers the opportunity to disseminate the results of their investigations in the field of migration and, in particular, of reflecting on fieldwork and/or methodological issues. The eight articles presented here all contribute – in their own ways – to the provision of a reflexive ground for the understanding of methodological choices and options and, hopefully, to the creation of a shared understanding of such issues across disciplines and research traditions.


How to Cite

De Tona, C., Frisina, A., & Ganga, D. (2014). Editorial: Research methods in ethnic and migration studies. Migration Letters, 7(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v7i1.175