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Migration and mobilities

Migration and mobilities

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.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

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


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Further information

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Andrea Yorke
Email: FASS-Geog-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654456