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Social policy and criminology
Migrations, diasporas, transnational communities

Migrations, diasporas, transnational communities

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 migrant networks, advocacy, activism
  • Transnational institutional and professional communities
  • Migration in relation to care, 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)
  • Borders and surveillance

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 and the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. Staff in this research area are members of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) and Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD). Both of these research initiatives warmly welcome Postgraduate Student participation.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree fees.

Entry requirements

An applicant seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD should normally hold the minimum of an upper second class honours degree, or a Master’s degree in an appropriate cognate area from a UK University or other recognised degree-awarding body. Other entry routes are possible.

Potential research projects

We are open to receiving proposals on a wide range of research projects on this broad topic. For guidance on choosing a research project, please visit our 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.

Potential supervisors


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Further information

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

Professor Nicola Yeates, SPC Postgraduate Convenor
Email: FASS-SocialPolicyCriminology-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654534