Catherine Delcroix, Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg, France is a researcher in socio-anthropology, Professor of sociology at Strasbourg University (UdS) and director of the Laboratoire Dynamiques Européennes (DynamE). She has led ten research projects on migration, social policy, precariousness, conflict mediation; primarily using an ethnographic approach (fieldwork, family case studies, case studies of local institutions). She has been a member of the Executive Committee of ESA from 2003-2007 and created the Research Stream: “Socio-Anthropology of transnational migrations and migrant families.” She has led the French team in the European Research Project BETWIXT (Between Integration and Social Exclusion, 1998-2002). Her research focuses on how, in low-income households, people cope with precarious life, particularly immigrant families from the Maghreb in France, in Belgium and the Netherland. She has followed several immigrant families over long periods as ethnographic observer and biographical-narrative interviewer. She specifically studied how they find ways to fight the effects of stigmatization (or “discredit”). She shows how family relationships continuously shifting, underlie their creativity in parenting.Recent publication: C. Delcroix Mobilisations familiales des migrants à l’égard de leurs enfants: un nouveau questionnement sur l’investissement éducatif des milieux populaires, Migrations Société, Vol.28, n° 164, avril-juin 2016, 75-98, (with Y. Brinbaum)


Maggie O’Neill, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, University of York, UK  joined the Department of Sociology of York University in April 2016 as Chair in Sociology/Criminology. She has previously held posts at Durham University (Professor in Criminology, Principal of Ustinov College, Co-Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality and Council for Academics at Risk (CARA) Academic Champion) Loughborough University, Staffordshire University and Nottingham Trent University.  Prof. O’Neill is a former editor of Sociology the flagship Journal of the BSA and former Chair of the ESA Research Network 03 “Biographical perspectives on European Societies”. Prof. O’Neill current projects are: Leverhulme Trust Research fellowship (October 2016-October 2017) Methods on the Move: experiencing and imagining borders, risk & belonging: ESRC/NCRM research project Participatory Action Research (PAR): Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods’ Potential for Co-producing knowledge with Dr Umut Erel (PI) and Prof Tracey Reynolds (Co-I)  (January 2016-September 2017)

KEY NOTE: Biographical Research on the Move: theorising, experiencing, imagining

This paper introduces, theorises and shares walking as a method for conducting biographical research that accesses the lived realities and cultures of individuals and groups, through time and in space. Whilst walking is not to be privileged as a way of knowing it has certain sensate, kinaesthetic and performative attributes that make it particularly useful for conducting biographical research on the move, for getting into the routes and mobilities and spaces of co-walkers, as well as for sharing research findings with various publics.  I will will share examples of walking based research undertaken with Europes ‘others’. :


On the impact/ legacy of the Thomas and Znaniecki’s work in relation to the foundations of the modern biographical research in Europe and America.


Prof. Daniel Bertaux (France)

Prof. Fritz Schütze (Germany)

Prof. Robert Miller (Northern Ireland, UK)



“ISOTIS: the mothers’ story of inequality and otherness in contemporary Europe: bringing up children in low income, immigrant and ethnic minority families”.  Speaker/convener: Dr Lyudmila Nurse (University of Oxford, UK) and a panel of researchers from selected countries of the international H-2020 ISOTIS project: “Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequalities in Society” conducted in Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal: