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Migration and Forced Displacement

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Migration and forced displacement are amongst the most pressing global challenges of our era. Our research focuses on two key areas:
Mobility, Skills and Development. The huge rise in refugee movements has recast the relationship between mobile populations and skills. Our research seeks to understand the linkages and analyse the implications for development. We also aim to build capacity amongst organisations to address the skills needs of these populations.
Integration and Citizenship. How are mobile populations challenging notions of citizenship and rights? How do these get reshaped in the context of new nationalisms both within Europe and in other continents? Such questions are addressed both theoretically and through engagement with local, national and international organisations.

Current projects

Art as resistance: A story from immigration detention

This public engagement project aims to foster public awareness of the lived experiences of people who are separated from their families and made vulnerable and marginalised by the state in indefinite detention in the UK.

Inclusive Migration Policy through Evidence Cafes 

Advancing migration research, policy and planning with an online course using ‘evidence café' methodology, freely available for organisations and individuals working on migration policy across the globe.

Inclusive Societies: Migration for Inclusive African Growth

Significant growth in African economies, driven by trade in commodities, has prompted more migrants to move to, and within, African countries. What impact is this migration is having on growth, and how can we harness its potential contribute to growth that is sustainable and inclusive?

Between protection and exclusion: Separated child migrants' care relationships and caring practice

Understanding the experiences of children affected by transnational displacement and migration, and how best to care for and support them.

Learning Pedagogies and Peace Education: an exploratory study of decolonisation in South Africa and Uganda

Using learning design spearheaded by The Open University to develop a decolonial education tool to reduce conflict and promote peace between local communities and foreign nationals in South Africa and Uganda.

Completed projects

Migration for Inclusive African Growth Network

Although the link between migration and development is well established, the implications for inclusive growth of North-South flows and migration within the global South have been underplayed.

Social and Political Impacts of South-South Migration: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese Migrant Integration in West Africa

China's impact on Africa has been discussed in terms of promoting 'bad' governance and/or signalling a new 'imperialism'. Yet, beyond this, Chinese migration represents a profound social change.