CfP (Special Issue): Transient migrants and their information behaviours

Becky Pham Discussion

Special Issue Call for Papers, Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration 

Transient migrants and their information behaviours 

How people source, engage and act on information have become of significant interest to researchers, industry professionals, policymakers, NGOs and community groups, alike. This is because we live in an information-saturated world which offers a wide range information to meet our needs both online and offline. These challenges become even more heightened when people are in countries other than their own and subject to multiple digital ecologies which include information channels, platforms, cultures and languages foreign to what they are used to. This Special Issue specifically looks at the information behaviours of transient migrants – groups of people who are temporarily in a country because of study, work, lifestyle or humanitarian reasons. Transient migrants thus include students, knowledge workers, migrant workers, itinerant workers, backpackers, tourists, refugees and asylum seekers, just to name a few. 

This Special Issue explores, yet is not limited to, the following questions: 

  • How do transient migrants access and engage with information when they are outside their home countries?  
  • Where do transient migrants access and engage with information to help them navigate their lives overseas?  
  • What is the role of multi- and poly-media in the lives transient migrants when they are outside their home country?  
  • What is the experience of transient migrants with misinformation and disinformation? 
  • What issues of digital access and inclusion may impact on the wellbeing transient migrants?


Abstracts due: 1 July 2023 

Full papers due: 1 January 2024 

Reviews due: 30 April 2024 

Revised papers due: 31 August 2024 

Special Issue Editors

Shanton Chang (University of Melbourne) –

Dana Mckay (RMIT University) –

Catherine Gomes (RMIT University) –

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