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Migrations, diasporas, transnational communities

Graffiti, Bristol 2008.

The Department of Social Policy and Criminology has extensive interests in this field and an international profile in it. It is engaged in a number of lived-experience, policy-, welfare- and criminologically related research projects.

Our substantive areas of interest include:

  • Transnational family and kinship networks
  • Transnational social policy networks, advocacy, activism
  • Transnational institutional and professional communities
  • Skilled migration in relation to health and welfare provision
  • Migration of young people for work, education or training
  • Refugees services, advocacy and activism
  • Criminalisation processes in relation to migrants and refugees (adults and children)

We are open to considering supervision of higher research degrees in other areas of migration, diasporas and transnational communities.

Our department has an international reputation for methodological innovation, with particular strengths in qualitative mixed-methods research, visual methods, biographical and life-story research, discourse analysis, historical methods and ethnography.

Research students connected to this area are encouraged to participate in the supportive and collegial research culture in the department.

Image: Graffiti, Bristol 2008. Photo: Walt Jabsco. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives License

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA or /MSc

Potential research projects

For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit the Faculty of Social Sciences Research website. Information there will help you identify and articulate your research project, and tells you who to contact to discuss it with before writing your proposal and submitting an application

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor Nicola Yeates
+44 (0)1908 654534

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.