ACU Summer School 2020 | The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees

This week-long programme of lectures, field trips, and group project work, will focus on the theme of ‘The Migration generation? Climate, youth and refugees’.


02 – 10 Aug 2020

University of Cape Coast, Ghana
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Join us in Ghana in August 2020 for a week of expert lectures by local and international speakers, social events, engaging and challenging group project work and networking opportunities.

By participating in the Summer School you will have the chance to immerse yourself in Ghanaian culture and history, and explore key locations with field trips related to the theme.

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The Summer School programme has been developed by senior University of Cape Coast subject specialists. It’s a small and friendly event which is capped at 40 participants.

Students often tell us they find participating in the Summer School to be a life-changing event. You can watch the video from Summer School 2019 below.

Who can attend?

The summer school is open to both current postgraduate (Master’s and PhD) and final-year undergraduate students at both ACU member universities and non-member universities in Commonwealth countries

The event is multi-disciplinary: it is appropriate both for those studying fields related to migration, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the theme.

Students who have previously attended an ACU Summer School are not eligible to apply.

Registration fee

  • £400 for students from member universities
  • £500 for students from non-members

The registration fee covers full Summer School participation including field trips, guest house accommodation, most meals & airport pick-ups. It does not include flights or the cost of visas and vaccinations.

How to apply

Complete the online application form

Applications close at 23:59 GMT on Sunday 12 January 2019. Applicants will be contacted by the end of March.

As part of the form, students are asked to attach an academic reference and complete a number of short supporting statements.


A limited number of bursaries are available for students from member universities. In order to apply for a bursary please complete the standard application form. There is an extra section of the form specifically for bursary applicants.

You should only apply for a bursary if you; a) are a student at an ACU member university; b) would otherwise be unable to attend the Summer School for financial reasons and; c) have never previously travelled outside your home region. The eligibility criteria about previous travel does not apply to Ghanaian students applying for bursaries.

International bursaries cover return flights from your home country, plus full Summer School participation including field trips, guest house accommodation, most meals & airport pick-ups. Local bursaries for Ghanaian participants cover full Summer School participation including field trips, most meals, and guest house accommodation if required.

Bursaries do not include the cost of visas and vaccinations.

Visas and vaccinations

If your nationality is NOT listed as being exempt from visa requirements on the website of the Ghana Immigration Service, you will require a visa to enter Ghana. Please do not make any visa arrangements until you have been informed that your application has been successful.

All travellers require a yellow fever vaccination certificate in order to enter Ghana. You can check the Fit for Travel website for other Ghana-specific health and vaccination information, and should see a doctor to seek information on required vaccinations and other health requirements before you travel.

Contact us

If you have a query which is not answered on this page, please email

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ACU Summer School 2019 in Mauritius was my first summer school experience and the interactions with other participants, the knowledge gained and the beautiful venue will stay with me forever.

Tanmay – Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

Find Out What Happened At The ACU Summer School 2019 In Mauritius



Dr Samuel Agblorti
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr Agblorti’s research focuses on the nexus between refugees’ use of environmental resources and the resultant environmental conflicts with host populations. He also specialises in the feasibility of local integration of refugees, using political ecology as an analytical framework. He is the team lead for Disaster Risk Management and Migration at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Coastal Resilience (ACECoR), University of Cape Coast.


Professor Heaven Crawley FAcSS
Coventry University, UK

Professor Crawley joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in September 2014 from where she leads the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub (MIDEQ). Professor Crawley’s research is underpinned by concerns about the inequalities with which international migration is often (but not always) associated: global, local and social inequalities that limit human potential and shape decisions to migrate. She has more than 25 years’ experience of undertaking research on international migration in a wide range of institutional settings.

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Fynn Bruey

Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr Fynn Bruey is an award-winning scholar with an extensive interdisciplinary educational background. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Internal Displacement, and the Founder of the Law and Society’s Collaborative Research Network “Displaced Peoples”, and the co-Founder and Executive Director of Tuki-Tumarankeh.  She lectures in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Dr Fynn Bruey is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.


Professor Tasneem Siddiqui
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professor Siddiqui is the Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), at University of Dhaka and leading social scientist on migration of Bangladesh. Her works on drivers and impact of labour migration, female labour migration, diaspora, remittances, climate change adaptation and migration have been published nationally and internationally. She led preparation of the National Strategy for Climate Induced Internally Displaced Persons in Bangladesh for the Ministry of Disaster and Relief and UNDP.


Professor Jo Vearey
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Vearey is the Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand, and of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Migration and Mobility. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, she established the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp). As a public health researcher with a commitment to social justice, Professor Vearey’s research explores ways to generate and communicate knowledge to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the southern African region.

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Monday 3 August

Welcome session

Introduction to theme – Tetteh Padi, Ghana Refugee Board

Lecture – Demographics of African Migrants: Professor Mariama Awumbila, University of Ghana


Introduction to group projects

Campus tour


Welcome dinner

Tuesday 4 August

Climate-Induced Migration: Professor Tasneema Siddiqui, University of Dhaka

Socio-psychological Perspectives of Youth Migration: Dr Veronica Fynn Bruey, University of Cape Coast

Communicating your research session


Field trip – Elmina Castle


Culture sharing evening

Wednesday 5 August

Migration and Health: Professor Jo Vearey, University of the Witwatersrand

Labour Market Experiences of Migrants: Dr Leander Kandilige, University of Ghana


Group project work

Field trip

Thursday 6 August

Local Integration of Refugees: Dr Samuel Agblorti, University of Cape Coast

Understanding Why Young People Move: The Roles of Policy, Place and Perception: Professor Heaven Crawley, Coventry University


Group project work

Field trip – Assin Manso Slave River Site

Friday 7 August

Partnerships for Management of Migration, Speaker TBC

Group project work


Field trip


Music and cultural performance evening

Saturday 8 August

Completion of group projects


Group project presentations

Closing reflective session


Closing dinner and awards night

Sunday 9 August

Excursion to Kakum National Park

Monday 10 August


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