Past Global Shifts Workshops and Colloquia

Vicious Cycles: Toward a Research Agenda on Return and Repeat Displacement, June 11, 2019: Organized by Perry World House 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow Stephanie Schwartz and made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, this one-day workshop brought together academics and policy experts on June 11, 2019. Their aim was to identify new research priorities around the topic of refugee return and repeat displacement. 

Vicious Cycles Workshop

Global Shifts Colloquium: A Changing Climate, A Changing World, April 15-16, 2019: Perry World House brought together scholars, policymakers, and journalists for a two-day colloquium focusing on the impacts of climate change. The first day of this event looked at implications of climate change for cities and other places people live, and city-level and community-led climate action initiatives. The second day centered on an exchange of innovative approaches to climate policy, featuring conversations about policymaking from city to global level with leaders including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy. 

Read more from the 2019 Global Shifts Colloquium here

Ovais Sarmad, UN Climate Change's Deputy Executive Secretary, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Perry World House's Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with Perry World House Deputy Director LaShawn Jefferson, on Day 2 of the 2019 Global Shifts Colloquium

Model International Mobility Declaration Workshop, February 21-22, 2019: Perry World House and PWH Distinguished Scholar in-Residence Professor Michael Doyle hosted a workshop on the Model International Mobility Declaration (MIMD), a cumulative and comprehensive treaty that summarizes and builds on the mobility reform agenda of the Model International Mobility Convention, launched in 2017. In this workshop, academics and policymakers from around the world in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law convened to provide commentary and revisions to the MIMD.

Read outputs from the Model International Mobility Declaration Workshop here.


Global Shifts Colloquium: Prospects for Institutional and Policy Reform on International Migration and Refugees, April 9-10, 2018: Over two days in April 2018, Perry World House convened scholars, journalists, legal clinicians, researchers, policymakers, human rights defenders, city officials, local activists, and practitioners for its second annual colloquium for its Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography research theme. This rich array of stakeholders tackled critical questions around prospects for policy reform on migration; the role media played in shaping public perceptions to migrants and refugees; and the special needs of the increasing number of refugees in protracted situations. The colloquium was keynoted by the then High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and included a rich dialogue that localized the global migration phenomenon by featuring the city of Philadelphia’s former City Solicitor Sozi Tulante, who defended Philadelphia’s status as a “sanctuary city” against the Justice Department, in conversation with Yasmine Mustafa, a Philadelphia-based women’s rights activist and entrepreneur with a compelling story about her own experience migrating to the U.S.

Spring 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium: Prospects for Institutional and Policy Reform on International Migration and Refugees Thought Pieces

Spring 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium: Prospects for Institutional and Policy Reform on International Migration and Refugees Report

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein delivering the keynote.


Global Shifts Workshop: The New Urban Agenda, January 2018: To advance thinking and policy ideas on the impact of urbanization and its effects on migrants, social networks, transportation, sustainable cities, and housing, in January 2018, Perry World House brought together senior scholars and policy experts to deepen thinking about sustainable urban development and the New Urban Agenda. This also served as a moment to release a set of white papers drafted by Penn faculty and staff and edited by Perry World House on the different challenges and opportunities of the New Urban Agenda in preparation for the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Global Shifts Workshop: Refugee Integration, December 2017: As several European nations were questioning their commitment to offering safety to more refugees, the U.S. was attempting to bar entry of individuals from certain countries and was engaging in a broader campaign to deter undocumented migration to the U.S., and a significant number of the refugee population was experiencing protracted displacement, in December 2017, Perry World House convened a high-level workshop of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to examine questions around meaningful, multi-faceted and long-term integration of refugees into host countries.

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Global Shifts Policy Workshop: Advancing The New Urban Agenda in a Shifting World, December 9th, 2016: Engaging faculty members from a range of schools and disciplines, as well as journalists, government officials, think tank leaders, and other stakeholders, this workshop tackled difficult and practical questions about how best to inform, implement, and monitor The New Urban Agenda.

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Global Shifts Policy Workshop: Advancing The New Urban Agenda in a Shifting World (Habitat III, Quito, Ecuador), October 2016: Perry World House played a key role in Penn’s delegation to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Urban Sustainable Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, engaging with U.N. delegates and civil society representatives from 167 countries as they adopted The New Urban Agenda. As part of our engagement, PWH published a research digest featuring the work of more than 45 Penn faculty members that was distributed at Habitat III to inform leading policymakers about the work of university scholars on relevant issues. 

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Perry World House Workshop: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Global Challenges of Urbanization and Migration Feb. 25, 2016: The panels highlighted different methodological and disciplinary approaches to Urbanization and Migration research. The workshop will featured external participants, including Lina Bassarsky from the UN Population Division, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University School of Law, and Ananya Roy, Professor and Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy and Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.