The Societies in Motion Research Team is the result of two transitions: the first related to the expansion and development of the Sociology and International Migrations Team, founded in 2004; the second responded to the changes in social dynamics and in the logics of our current social reality.
In an effort to become more intersectional, the Team has incorporated researchers from different Social Science fields such as sociology, anthropology, demography, political science, etc. to produce knowledge that is useful for public policy planning.
The Team was founded in 2004 by Antonio Izquierdo who, with the other members, had already been active in the field of international migration, mainly focusing on the Spanish context as Spain was slowly turning into a host country. Since 2006, the Team has been
headquartered at the Faculty of Sociology of the Universidade da Coruña and is part of the “Consolidation and Structuring of Competitive Research Units” programme of the Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Its main goal is to lead high-quality research projects in the field of international migration from a sociological perspective.
A Research TEam with and for SOcieties in MotIon (ESOMI)
Right now, the Societies in Motion Research Team is coordinated by Laura Oso. While the acronym and the essence have not changed, the Team tries to offer a more integrated vision to observe, analyse and explain societies in motion from a vast array of different perspectives leading to social transformation.
The Team’s main area of research addresses one of the most pressing challenges of Galician and European societies for the next decade: demographic balance and equality. These topics are also expected to lay the foundations for the new Sustainability Campus recently launched by the Universidade da Coruña.
ESOMI has been leading and still leads Galician, Spanish and European research projects whose results have been disseminated in national and international publications. As a result of a 15- year collaboration, the Team is also active in international research networks and scientific societies, such as IMISCOE and the International Sociological Association (ISA). The team is also engaged in teaching: Belén Fernández Suárez coordinates the MOPS, the Official Master’s Degree in Social Policies and Socio-community Intervention.