VISION Project


Our team

Magdalena Nowicka 

Magdalena is the principal investigator leading the VISION project; she is Head of Department Integration in the DeZIM Institute and honorary professor in the Institute of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin.  

Magdalena is a sociologist with research interests in migration and migrant transnationalism in Europe, diversity, conviviality and racism. Her recent publications include the book Revisualising Intersectionality (Palgrave, 2022, with Elahe Haschemi Yekani and Tiara Roxanne), COVID-19 Pandemic and Resilience of the Transnational Home-Based Elder Care System between Poland and Germany, in Journal of Aging&Social Policy (with Susanne Bartig, Kamil Matuszczyk, Theresa Schwass), State of normality: Transnational migrants’ shifting views of state institutions and their obligations, in Journal of Sociology, and Understanding Migrant Masculinities through a Spatially Intersectional Lens, in Men and Masculinities (with Katarzyna Wojnicka) 

Kyoko Shinozaki

Kyoko is Professor for Sociology, “Social Change and Mobilities” and is PI of Salzburg team. She is a transnational scholar, trained in law (Japan) and sociology (Germany and Japan), political science (USA) and gender studies (UK and Japan). She contributes to VISION through her expertise in gender, institutional whiteness, skilled and care labour migration, combined with her engagement in sustainability (co-lead-author, the Austrian Panel on Climate Change, Special Report 21). Her transdisciplinary projects in the UniNEtZ SDG10 “Reducing Inequalities” and “High Alpine Lake Biodiversity and Climate Change” engage in a science-art-public dialogue.   

Maggi Leung

Maggi has been appointed professor of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Maggi Leung is a geographer and migration scholar by training. Her research aims to account for the prevailing uneven socio-spatial impact of the flows that define our interconnected world. Leung endeavours to produce insights that contribute to more just and sustainable futures. Working with multi-scalar (from the global to the body), intersectional and translocal perspectives, her main research interests are: opportunities and challenges of migration, with a focus on related injustice; internationalisation of education and knowledge mobilities; and Chinese transnationalism and impact on global development. 

As professor at the UvA, Leung will build on these research themes. The Bachelor’s and Master’s courses that she will teach will also focus on key societal issues including migration and mobilities, politics of knowledge, and the growing influence of China in global development.

Bianca Szytniewski 

Bianca is Assistant Professor in human geography at Utrecht University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in ethnographic research, visual methodologies and policy research. She obtained her PhD on feelings of unfamiliarity and cross-border mobility in European borderlands, both EU inner and outer borders, and has expanded her research focus since towards broader research on migratory and mobility flows of mobile workers across Europe. Her research is embedded in a larger academic and societal debate on labour migration and mobility infrastructures and the economic and social impact on both local arrival infrastructures and sending communities from within and outside the EU.

Piotr Goldstein

Piotr is a social scientist working at the intersection of social and visual anthropology, sociology, and political science. He received his PhD from the University of Manchester and holds MA in International Peace Work from the University of Trieste and MA in Philosophy from the University of Lodz. Before coming to Berlin in 2019, he held a Thomas Brown Assistant Professorship at Trinity College Dublin and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester. Currently, he works at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) and at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), both in Berlin. In VISION he is responsible for the coordination of visual and sensory ethnography in the project and collaborative work with our research partners in Brandenburg.  Piotr’s has research expertise in activism and civil society, post-conflict societies, migration, inter-ethnic dynamics, identity and gender. He is the author of two ethnographic documentaries: Active (Citizen), and Spółdzielnia/Cooperative.

Iepke Rijcken 

Iepke is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the Sociology Department of Paris Lodron University Salzburg. Her doctoral research is anchored in the VISION project. Iepke uses ethnographic and visual participatory research methods to gain a deeper understanding of people’s lifeworlds in ‘inner-peripheries’ in Germany and Poland.  

Iepke completed a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and a master’s in Cultural Anthropology both at the University of Utrecht.  

Daniela Trifu

Daniela Trifu is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She joins the VISION project with an interest for Romanian labour migration. Her education is in international migration and social cohesion (University of Amsterdam, MSc), with a background in European Union studies (MA)  and political sciences (BA). From her positions as an NGO worker (FairWork) and as a trade union organizer (FNV), she has been closely following the working and living conditions of Romanian mobile workers in the Netherlands over the last 5 years. Within the research project “Migrant Workers in the Frontlines” at Radboud University she has carried out qualitative research on the impact of corona measures upheld by the Dutch government on Romanian migrants employed in the so-called essential sectors. 

Valeria Negru

Valeria is Project Researcher and Scientific Assistant at VISION Project. She studies and works at the Department of Sociology and Cultural Studies at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. Valeria is part of the team of the social sciences department since March 2022 and she has studied Media and Communication Studies at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg since October 2020. She works on mobility issues in the peripheral areas of Brandenburg, Romania and Poland as part of the VISION project and freelances in the video industry.

Denis Zeković – Erasmus Student Fellow at VISION

Denis is a research Master’s student of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is conducting fieldwork and writing his thesis in the context of VISION. In his research, he focuses on the implications of regional development on social space. He focused on topics like ethnicity, conflict, and migration during his studies. As for methods, Denis has experience in social network analysis, computational methods, and qualitative methods (mostly interviews and observations)
He is interviewing politicians and locals alike for his thesis, combining that with counter-mapping. Furthermore, he plans to apply computational methods to policy documents. The overall aim is to compare the plan and realization of regional development with the locals’ perception of that change in the Oder-Spree region.

Before starting his Master’s, he studied sociology, political science, and Islamic studies at the University of Tübingen (Germany).