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Prof Paul Statham

Post:Professor of Migration (Geography)
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 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. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).

Paul is a political sociologist and his current research focuses on three fields: the political accommodation of Islam and Muslim minorities in their European societies of settlement; the relationship between (national) politicization and international relations in shaping a state’s immigration policies; and marriage, lifestyle and retirement migration between Europe and SE Asia (Thailand). In 2015, he established the Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnership ( to build a capacity in migration research between Europe and SE Asia.

Paul has written a number of collaborative monographs, edited volumes, more than 25 articles in refereed journals, and 30 book chapters. The books include Contested Citizenship (Minnesota UP 2005), The Making of a European Public Sphere (Cambridge UP 2010), and The Politicization of Europe (Routledge 2013). 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 eleven large grants from academic funding bodies, including the ESRC, EU framework programmes and ESF.

He convenes the Migration MA and Doctoral Programme in Migration at Sussex.

Paul was formerly a Professor at the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds. He was a researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) (1996-2000) and did his doctoral research at the European University Institute (EUI) in San Domenico di Fiesole.

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