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Prof Paul Statham

Post:Professor of Migration (Geography, Sussex European Institute)
Other posts:Director of Sussex Centre for Migration Research (Sussex Centre for Migration Research)
Location:ARTS C C220

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873374
International:+44 1273 873374

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Paul was formerly a Professor and Research Director in Sociology Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol (2006-2012), and the University of Leeds (1999-2005), where he was made Chair in 2005. He was a researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) (1996-2000) and prior to that conducted his doctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI) in San Domenico di Fiesole, Firenze.


Paul Statham is Professor of Migration and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. The SCMR is one the University’s few designated Interdisciplinary Research Centres. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) that was ranked no1 in “Ethnic Studies” in the 2017 impact factor ratings. Paul convenes the Masters MA Migration Studies and the Doctoral Programme in Migration at Sussex. In 2015, he established the Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnership (SMMP - to build a capacity in migration research between Europe and SE Asia. In 2016, a further partnership the Europe Asia Migration Network (EAMiN – was established between migration centres in the two regions, including the SCMR, MMC (Mahidol, Thailand), ARI (NUS Singapore), PRIO (Norway), BIM (Humboldt Berlin, Germany) and CUHK (Hong Kong). In Spring semester 2017, he held the position of Distinguished Professor at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Paul is a political sociologist. His current research and writing is in two broad fields. First, he studies the political accommodation of Islam and Muslim minorities in their European societies of settlement, with a focus on culture, religion and acculturation. This uses original data and builds on his involvement in the EU-funded EurIslam project: “Finding a Place for Islam in Europe: Cultural Interactions between Muslim Immigrants and Receiving Societies” (SSH-2007-3.3.1). Second, he researches on “transnational living” that results from migration, mobility and exchanges between Europe and SE Asia (Thailand) with a focus on “marriage”, wellbeing and life-course. This collaborative research programme focuses on the impacts of “transnationalism” between Thailand and the West on the life-chances of Thai people. The research is supported by several grants: two British Academy/TRF Newton Advanced Fellowships “The Search for a Better Life: How Partnerships with Westerners shape Thai life chances, social relationships and development” (AF 150229), 2016-18, and “Selling Thai-ness to Westerners: the social and development impacts of marketing Thai-ness on entrepreneurs and people who work in the small-scale service sector” (NAFR1180155), 2018-20; and a Methodology Academia Research Initiative (MARI) award by Ethnic Focus Research for a survey of “Thai women in the UK”. Paul is also part of a large collaborative research project between the UK and Thailand funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Thailand Research Fund on “Thai Coast: Coastal Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation in Thailand” (NE/S0003231/1), where natural and social scientists examine the risks and impacts of hydrometeorological hazards on coastal communities in Thailand. 

Paul has written a number of collaborative monographs, edited volumes, more than 70 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters. The books include Contested Citizenship (Minnesota UP 2005), The Making of a European Public Sphere (Cambridge UP 2010), The Politicization of Europe (Routledge 2013), and Muslims in Europe (Routledge 2018). His earlier research focused on cross-national comparative approaches to migration, ethnic relations and citizenship in Europe, and the emergence of a transnational public sphere for the European Union. This programme of international collaborative research has been supported by twelve large grants from academic funding bodies, including the ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, EU framework programmes and ESF.

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Paul is a member of the Home Office's Voluntary Returns Steering Group.