Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Visiting research fellowships


Each year, the Sussex Centre for Migration Research offers a number of Visiting Research Fellowships to scholars who wish to develop their research through a period of writing or library work at Sussex. It is also possible to gain a Visiting Fellowship to conduct collaborative research with Sussex faculty.

Learn more about Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellows can have access to library, computing and office facilities; participate in the range of research seminars that take place in the Migration Centre and across the university; and collaborate with Sussex colleagues to plan, develop or complete specific research projects. We particularly welcome Visiting Fellows who are undertaking practical work in the migration field, and wish to take a break from this work to investigate a subject area in more depth.

Fees payable by Visiting Fellows will be required. If you are interested in becoming a Migration Centre Visiting Fellow, please see the information on our Visiting research fellows webpage and follow the application procedure outlined there, or email

It is also possible to come to Sussex as a Visiting Student, to attend lectures and seminars in our MA or doctoral programmes. For more information, email

Visiting Fellows 2015-2016

Professor Anne-Marie Fortier, Visiting research fellow  Anne-Marie Fortier

Anne-Marie Fortier is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Her research examines governing practices that seek to stabilise identities and subject formations in the face of migration. She has explored these processes in contexts such as:

• migrant community formation in Migrant Belongings (Berg 2000)

• multiculturalism, cohesion and integration in Multicultural Horizons (Routledge 2008)

• queer diasporas and national genetic genealogies in book chapters and journal articles.

• she is also co-editor of Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration  (Berg 2003)

Anne-Marie’s current research concerns experiences and processes of ‘citizenisation’ in Britain, that is, measures aimed at educating and assessing immigrants who are seeking permanent residence or citizenship. Funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, this research is distinctive in that it examines the experiences of both applicants for citizen or citizen-like statuses, as well as institutional actors (private and public) who are involved on the process. She has published on this topic in Citizenship Studies (2013) and in Critical Social Policy (forthcoming). She is currently completing a book based on her research. 

More information can be found at


Dr Ewa Sadurska-Duffy, visiting Research Fellow  Ewa Sadurska-Duffy

Ewa is a visiting Research Fellow at the SCMR. She graduated from the University of Warsaw, Poland (MA in English Philology) and Collegium Civitas, Poland (PhD in Sociology). During her MA and PhD studies she participated in a number of reserch projects devoted to the topic of worldviews, values, media coverage, globalisation, immigrants, work relations, organisational structures and interest groups. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has written a number of articles, reviews, book chapters and one monograph. She has presented at both national and international conferences.


Her current research focuses on the entrepreneurial behaviour of Polish women in the UK. She is investigating their reasons for setting up their own ventures, their entrepreneurial profiles and strategies, and work-life balance. She is also looking at the main threats and possibilities associated with running a business, and the way female entrepreneurs redefine and renegotate their role in the social division of labour. When not conducting research in the UK, Ewa works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland.

Dr Francesco Della Puppa, Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher Francesco Della Puppa

Francesco is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Social Research and member of the master program on Migrations and Social Transformations at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice (Italy). His academic interests are centered around questions of migrant families and family reunification, gender and migration, citizenship, migrant workers and trade unions, migration and urban transformations, onward migration, Bangladeshi diaspora.

He received his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Padua (Italy). His PhD project focused on family reunification and social constructions and transformations of  masculinity among Bangladeshi migrants in Italy. He carried out a multi-sited ethnography between Italy and Bangladesh and published the book Uomini in movimento. Il lavoro della maschilità tra Bangladesh e Italia [Men on the Move. The work of masculinity between Bangladesh and Italy].

On these topics, he has recently published Home between bidesh and shodesh: Domestication of Living Spaces, Identity and Gender Experiences in the Bangladeshi Diaspora (Dve Domovini/Two Homelands); Beyond (but not too much) the male breadwinner model. A qualitative study about child care and masculinities in contemporary Italy (Modern Italy); Being part of the family. Social and working conditions of female migrant care workers in Italy (NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research) and the book Alte Ceccato. Una banglatown nel nordest [Alte Ceccato. A banglatown in the Italian northeast].

During his visiting period at the SCMR, he will carry out fieldwork for his project on the onward migration of Bangladeshi families in Europe.

Sophie Hinger, Visiting Researcher Sophie Hinger

Sophie is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, as part of the INTEGRIM Initial Training Network. Her academic interest as well as her political and social engagement of the last ten years has centered around questions of migration and asylum, transnational social movements and intercultural learning. Her PhD project is about the (co-)production of urban asylum. She investigates the way the integration and exclusion of refugees is negotiated in and through urban localities by various actors, such as local councils and administrations, civil society initiatives and the refugees themselves. She is interested in how certain ways of dealing with (refugee) migration in cities come about and how they change - over time and between localities. Before joining the INTEGRIM Program, Sophie worked for two years as a lecturer in Human Geography and Migration Studies at the University of Osnabrück. In 2013, she completed the European Joint Master Program “International Migration and Social Cohesion", having studied at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Deusto and the University of Osnabrück. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts

Robin Vandervoordt

I am a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Antwerp, who visited Sussex Centre for Migration Research as a research associate for two weeks in the fall of 2015. During this stay I sought to improve my work on the role of civil organisations in the Belgian policy programme for Assisted Voluntary Return.

 As a whole, my PhD examines the socio-cultural conditions of moral cosmopolitanism, by exploring how actors from different social groups (social workers, journalists, policy makers and citizens) make sense of their encounters with refugees. More precisely, my research explores how ethical and political responsibilities acquire their meaning within people’s professional and personal life-worlds. I’m always happy to meet people working on refugee or forced migration studies more broadly.

Visiting Fellows 2014-2015

Dr Susanne Bygnes, Visiting Scholar, Spring 2015

Susanne BygnesDr Bygnes

Facilitated by Professor Paul Statham and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research I have enjoyed three great months at the University of Sussex as part of my postdoctoral research on migration from Spain. During this period I have co-authored two articles, the first on political motivations for intra-European migration comparing the Spanish and Romanian diaspora. The second article discusses how elements such as the quest for a normal life and the organization of European labour markets factor into Polish and Spanish migrants return-considerations. I am grateful for the time I have been allowed to spend at Sussex, for Paul Statham's engagement in my postdoctoral project and look forward to future research collaborations.



Professor Ray Taras, Leverhulme Visiting Professor 2014-2015 

 Ray TarasProfessor Taras

My research while at SCMR has focused on different aspects of host societies' responses to recent in-migration. Cross-national in nature, my research has considered how immigration and integration policies served as valence issues in elections beginning with Sweden in September 2014 (when I took up the Leverhulme professorship at SCMR) to Britain in May 2015. I have also examined non-institutional responses to recent crises in Europe implicating immigration; this includes the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee flows across the Mediterranean which often end in human tragedy. I ask: What have been citizens' reactions to such events? Do they shape party politics, election results, and subsequent policy courses? Giving particular attention to the status of Muslims of immigrant background (a core theme in my recent book and journal publications), I plan to broaden my comparative perspective by studying Central Asian migration into Siberian gas and oil fields, in collaboration with a Russian research centre. Finally, while at SCMR I have begun writing a new textbook titled Nationhood, Migration, and Global Politics. Its principal argument is that states are today defined less by the nation(s) in them and more by the idea of nationhood - a term I understand as subsuming complex, diverse societies characteristic of an age of global migration. Combining the literatures of nationalism and migration studies, it inquires whether immigrants, even when residents and sometimes citizens of the host state, are treated as belonging to this state and contributing to its expanded nationhood.