Research is an important part of what we do at MICSEA. Over the past 15 years, our students have created a large body of work reflecting on and contributing to the humanitarian and development sector.

At UIC’s Digital Archives, you can find a collection of some of the top thesis developed by MICSEA students from the past 7 years (more coming soon!)

The Master’s thesis is a written academic work. The Writing Workshop teaches our students how to conduct research and academic writing, from formulating a research question, to developing a theoretical background, to choosing your methodology and case study, and analyzing data. Students present and defend their thesis in front of a jury of supervisors and an external juror.

Our official degree (EQF Level 7) enables graduates to do a PhD in any European university. MICSEA Alumni have gone on to do doctoral studies in the following universities: University of Oxford, Harvard University, University College London, Technische Universität Darmstadt, University of Sheffield, Università Iuav di Venezia, and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, to name a few.

MICSEA is linked to the Sustainable Urban Living Research Group at UIC. Our Dr. Carmen Mendoza Arroyo is the group coordinator, and other MICSEA professors are members. They develop research on the following research lines: sustainable recovery and displacement, community urbanism, and urban and regional resilience toward sustainability. The professors also supervise PhD candidates at UIC.



-a necessary skill for professionals in the development and emergency sector

-an opportunity to reflect on and discover best practices and policies to improve the way we approach and implement projects

a tool for empowering communities and advocating for rights and better living conditions

-a way to share the voices of the underprivileged and give visibility



Here you’ll find blog posts about: the Master’s thesis, alumni who’ve published articles based on their thesis, alumni who’ve completed PhDs, research being done by our professors, and main outcomes of conferences that our professors participate in.