Current Research Projects:

Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration (PREMIG)

Funded by the Research Council Norway.  Led by Dr Jørgen Carling at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, with partners at Sussex, the University of Bristol and Statistics Norway.

Making Asylum Seekers Legible and Visible

Funded by the ESRC.  Led by Dr Nick Gill at the University of Exeter, partners at University of Lancaster and St. Peter's College, USA.

Research themes

Ceri's research activities thus far have primarily been about the ways in which migrants (including forced migrants) adapt to the new environments in which they find themselves.  This may be by maintaining connections across space to the place they migrated from, for example through transnational activities, and/or by building connections in their new place of settlement through integration.     

Ceri's ESRC-funded doctoral research used ethnographic fieldwork with Afghan refugees to examine the issue of how Afghans’ globalised connections (transnational ties and activities) can influence development in their country of origin, and how these connections interact with the way migrants negotiate membership in their cities and countries of settlement.  Her thesis suggests that rather than acting in opposition to each other, transnational and integration processes can be concurrent and even mutually supportive.

Recent work on asylum activist organisations represents a slight shift in focus from migrants themselves to the institutions and organisations that support and/or constrain their mobility and integration.  Ceri also continues her work on Afghan migration, through collaboration with the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, on a project investigating return migration from the UK and Norway.

In addition to academic research interests, Ceri has also undertaken a variety of consultancy work; predominantly related to Afghanistan and Afghan migration but also on wider migration and development issues, and public health.