About us

The Health and Migration Collaborative Community has been created by a team of researchers and practitioners based at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. Located in the south of the Netherlands, Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) is a higher-education institute that champions operational, policy-relevant studies and evaluations. With ample experience conducting data collection and analysis around the world, MGSoG combines research and education to support the public sector in designing and implementing development-friendly policy. The MGSoG builds on the academic resources of the different faculties at Maastricht University as well as those of its international partners. The MGSoG is embedded not only within the Maastricht University system but is also integrated within the United Nations University-MERIT (UNU-MERIT), one of the institutions within the United Nations University system that focuses on unlocking development through technology and innovation.

A core thematic cluster within the School of Governance and UNU-MERIT is the Migration and Development Research Group, the team behind the migration and health portal. The research group focuses on supporting better evidence-based migration and development policy through research, education, and participation in global policy fora and consultations. The Migration and Development Research Group is supported in its migration and health work through the networks to which it belongs, including the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration, and Development (MACIMIDE), the Maastricht Centre for Global Health (MC4GH), and the UNU Migration Network.



Lorenzo De Min

Lorenzo is a research assistant within the Migration group at United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). He also collaborates with the local faculty of medicine, where he gives training sessions on “Access to care for migrants and refugees”, “Language barriers in healthcare” and “Patient-doctor communication”. Lorenzo holds an MD from the University of Milan and an MSc in Global Health from Maastricht University. Next to his main job, he contributes to the organisation of the Dutch Global Health Film Festival and collaborates as an editor with the Italian website Saluteglobale.it

Contact: lorenzodemin@gmail.com

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzo-de-min-643810155/




Biljana Meshkovska

Biljana Meshkovska is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Oslo University. She is currently working on an implementation and impact evaluation of a public health intervention. In addition, her topics of interest are human trafficking, sex work and recovery and (re) integration processes of trafficked persons. Her previous research has focused on women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Europe. Through her research she has looked at issues such as the influence of criminal trials against traffickers on the (re) integration processes of survivors, as well as the stigmatisation of sex work, sex workers and trafficked persons. She has also worked on a mapping study of the Afghan diaspora in Europe. She has been a lecturer on the topic of human trafficking, as well as a tutor for online courses: ‘Introduction to Governance in Theory and Practice’ and ‘Introduction to Political Science’.




Richa Shivakoti

Richa Shivakoti is a migration policy researcher with a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University. Her research interests include the different facets of the migration-development nexus including international labour migration, forced migration, gender, diaspora engagement and Asian migration governanceShe is currently a research officer at Carleton University working on a project related to forced migration research capacity in the global South. She is also a migration policy consultant for the International Organization for Migration working on migration governance indicators. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands and a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University. She has also been affiliated with various academic institutions in Nepal, Singapore, the United States and Canada.

Contact: rshivakoti@gmail.com

Profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richashivakoti/; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Richa_Shivakoti

Anny Yip-Ching Yu

Anny Yip-Ching Yu is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT. She holds a double master degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and United Nations University with a specialization in Social Protection Policy Design and Financing. Formerly, she worked as associate technical officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) and junior researcher at the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH). In collaboration with the Statistics Netherlands (CBS), her doctoral research explores the immigrant welfare dynamics in the Netherlands. Her main research interests lie in social protection system strengthening, horizontal inequality and integration of vulnerable populations.

Contact: yipching.yu@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Profiles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anny-yip-ching-yu-93814175/ ; https://www.merit.unu.edu/about-us/profile/?staff_id=2430​



Healthandmigration.org is an ever-growing resource community. The resource hub can only expand and improve through the contributions of its community members. Are you interested in contributing a migration and health short review to the website? If so, please consult the instructions for potential authors here. After reading the instructions for potential authors, please contact project coordinator to discuss the topic you would like to cover and the process by which we can collaborate.

Do you have suggestions for databases, organisations, or other resources that you think would be appropriate to feature on our resource page? Wonderful! Please let us know via email.

As the website evolves, we will periodically publish calls for papers, event announcements, and other resources. Please keep an eye out for these announcements for more information on how you can support better information on migration and health.



Please feel free to contact us via email. For information on the Health and Migration Knowledge Hub, please contact project coordinator Michaella Vanore at michaella.vanore@maastrichtuniversity.nl