Social scientist of urban diversity

Fran Meissner's main research interest is focused on contemporary urban social configurations and how these are transformed through international migration. After an inspiering 2 years as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence Italy, she is currently a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the Migration and Diaspora Studies Centre and will commence a post as a Junior Research Group Leader at the University of Kassel in January 2016. Before joining the EUI, Fran was a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity where she has recently been made a research partner. 

Her work grappels with novel perspectives on migrant socialities in cities and the diversity dynmaics this produces. Through her PhD research she has developed a keen interest in the use of innovative visualisations to facilitate the analysis of complex data. Her PhD research is an empirical application of superdiversity. It investigates how multidimensional forms of migration related differentiations can be studied through the social networks of migrants from numerically small migrant groups. The work on 'Socialising with Diversity' is in the interdisciplinary field of Migration Studies and it has been awarded by the University of Sussex.

As a Max Weber Fellow, I extended the focus of my previous research to look in more detail at the complex configurations of the legal statuses migrants inhabit in different cities and neighbourghoods. 

Fields of expertise:
Diversity studies, Migration and urban diversification, Personal social network analysis, Data visualisations