||Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
|October and February
||November to April Mid-Jan for funded PhDs
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October
January to April
A major concern of the 20th and 21st centuries has been the migration of people, objects, goods and ideas across and within borders. Professor Parvati Raghuram has led debates in this interdisciplinary field including critical work on theorising migration, empirically informed theorisations based on diverse migrant groups working in sectors such as IT, medicine, nursing and education, in Asia, Europe and increasingly in Africa and policy driven work for organisations such as OECD, IOM and the UN. She explores migration and mobilities through the lens of class, race and gender.
Dr Gunjan Sondhi has worked on skilled migration of academics and of students, especially focusing on gendered experiences of migration. She has worked across a range of empirical sites, India, Singapore, Canada and the UK. Professor George Revill’s work on railways and transport infrastructure is another example of work in this area, informed by phenomenological and sociotechnical approaches to mobility.
Dr Colin Lorne undertakes research into policy mobilities and the spatial politics of how policy circulates, gets reworked and becomes embedded in places ‘elsewhere’, with particular focus on health and care. Dr Kim Kullman explores issues of accessibility and equality in cities, currently concentrating on the politics of making in disability activism and the widespread use of hostile design to marginalise particular kinds of everyday mobilities.
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.
Potential research projects
Applications are welcome to study any topic that resonates with the concerns of the OpenSpace Research Centre or Geography discipline more broadly.
Current/recent research projects
- Gender, Skilled Migration and IT industry: a comparative study of India and the UK
- Migration and Inclusive Growth in Africa
- Decolonising Peace Education in Africa
- International Distance Education and African Students
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,712 per year
||Full time: £11,958 per year
|Part time: £2,356 per year
||Part time: £5,979 per year
Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.
To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.