Department of Geography

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Ms Jill Ahrens

Post:Associate Tutor (Geography)
Location:ARTS B
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Jill Ahrens is conducting doctoral research with Nigerians in Germany, the UK and Spain. In her research she explores the motivations and experiences of intra-EU mobility and immobility in the context of the Nigerian diaspora(s). Her supervisors are Prof. Russell King and Prof. Michael Collyer

She has an interdisciplinary background that includes politics, economics, cultural studies and research methods. She worked as a researcher at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research on two projects related to international student migration (funded by BIS and HEFCE) and the Migrations between Africa and Europe longitudinal survey (funded by the European 7th Framework Programme). Previously she gained experience in migrants' rights advocacy while working for Manchester Refugee Support Network and Threshold Women's Counselling Service.


  • PhD candidate in Geography, University of Sussex (part-time)


  • MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods, University of Sussex, 2010
  • MA in Migration Studies, University of Sussex, 2007
  • BA (Hons) in European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Manchester and University of Barcelona, 2006 


  • Marie-Curie Research Fellow in the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network, University of Lisbon (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Norwegian Network on Geographies of Mobilities (since 2013)
  • Yggdrasil Visiting Research Fellow, Dep. of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo (2013-2014)
  • Member of the newly established Sussex Africa Centre (since 2013)
  • DAAD Visiting Research Scholar, Center on Migration, Citizenship and Development, University of Bielefeld (2011)
  • Member of the International Network of Excellence on International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe - IMISCOE (since 2011)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2011)
  • Member of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (since 2006)