Department of Geography

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Ms Jill Ahrens

Post:Associate Tutor (Geography)
Other posts:Research student (Geography)
 Research Student (Geography, Sussex Centre for Migration Research)
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). This research is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and her supervisors are Prof. Russell King and Dr 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 Migration Studies, University of Sussex, 2010-present
  • Marie-Curie Research Fellow in the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network, University of Lisbon, 2014-2015


  • 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