Mobilities and migration

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD 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
Start dates
February and October
Application period
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.

Entry requirements

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

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

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