It is a unique venue for migration research in Britain: centered on creating a close-knit, interdisciplinary environment for faculty and graduate researchers alike, linking research with its now well-established MA Programme in Migration Studies. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, this cluster was a 'flagged' research group, meaning it was assessed as equivalent to the highest possible level of quality.
Central to this effort has been high quality original research, which has drawn funding from research councils, government departments and charitable foundations. Highlights of this research effort include a five-year 'Development Research Centre' funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) on the relationship between migration, globalisation and poverty; research on issues of integration, social cohesion and identity amongst migrants to the UK funded amongst others by ESRC, the Home Office, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and extensive research of migration issues in Europe that is facilitated by our leading role in the EU's Network of Excellence on 'International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe'. The group also supervises a number of doctoral students working on migration issues around the world.
Monkey Island image (top of page): Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor's work explores identity and belonging in contemporary Britain
The Centre is home to the internationally established Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, edited by Russell King, and alongside the Co-Editorship of the Journal of Refugee Studies, the world's leading journal in the field of forced migration in the refugee studies field, by Richard Black, this makes Sussex the main agenda setting centre for journal-based empirical research outside the US on all aspects of migration. The Centre also facilitates extensive interdisciplinary connections with researchers in politics, economics, history and social anthropology.
Associated faculty include:
Richard Black: Migration, environment and development; refugees and displaced persons in Africa and Europe; rural geography
Anastasia Christou: Migration and return migration; diasporas and transnationalism; gender and identity; home and belonging
Mike Collyer: Migration policy, refugees and asylum, Europe and North Africa
Tony Fielding: Urban change in the UK; migration and regional development in Western Europe and Japan; the relationship between social and geographical mobility
Russell King: International migration in Europe; rural geography; the Mediterranean; islands
Ben Rogaly: Migration of agricultural workers, political economy and agrarian capitalisms in India and the UK; seasonal migration, social relations and changing social identities
Ronald Skeldon: Population migration in the developing world, especially Asia
Katie Walsh: Migration, home and belonging; transnational spaces and identities; British expatriates; Gulf region