1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Migration Studies

Are you involved in – or contemplating – working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers?

Our course will broaden your understanding of the relevant theories, concepts and policies. We help you examine migration processes and their consequences for today’s societies. You’ll explore issues of governance, rights and diversity that shape migrants’ life chances.

You have the opportunity to pursue your interests, exploring topics such as transnationalism, migration and development, governance, human rights, refugees, citizenship, integration and cultural diversity.

This MA draws on the expertise of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

“I became a part of an amazing global community, giving me a whole new understanding of migration and of myself.” Simmi DixitProject Officer
 Multimedia and Multiculturalism 
United Nations Association, Canada

Key facts

  • Sussex is ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017). The activities of our migration scholars and postgraduate community come together in the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.
  • True to the Sussex tradition, our approach to teaching is interdisciplinary, drawing insights from sociology, human geography, anthropology, development studies, politics, law, psychology, education, economics and demography.
  • We have strong links with government bodies, international organisations, and NGOs addressing the issues of migration and refugees – including DFID, the International Organization for Migration and Refugee Action.

How will I study?

Across the autumn and spring terms, you learn through core modules and options. You also take a module that prepares you for further research and a professional career. This is delivered as a series of workshops including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

In the summer term, you undertake supervised dissertation work or a dissertation with placement.

You are assessed by term papers, unseen exams, a case analysis on research methods and a 10,000-word dissertation, or undertake a dissertation with placement. 


You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Recent dissertation titles

The perfect alternative to citizenship? Explaining the low take-up of the ‘long-term residency EU’ status – Germany as a case study

Rethinking the retreat from multiculturalism in the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden

‘You have to break the law to survive’: asylum regime dehumanising patterns and migrant resistance in Calais as a case study

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Managing Migration: Law, Governance and Politics

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides an introduction to how migration is managed by national governments and international organisations and how political and legal processes, including human rights frameworks, shape governments' attempts to manage migration. You will develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and models used by researchers to explain migration policymaking, as well as an empirical knowledge of the main patterns and trends in migration policies. A recurring theme of the module is how liberal states exhibit both inclusionary and exclusionary tendencies towards migrants and how these apparent contradictions can be understood. The module focuses on Europe, though examples from other OECD countries will also be considered.

      Our Weekly topics are:

      1. Introduction: migration to Europe
      2. Migration policy and the liberal state
      3. The politics of closure: public opinion and party politics
      4. The politics of openness: interest groups and institutions
      5. Migration governance in liberal democracies
      6. Migration governance beyond the state
      7. The human rights of migrants (European)
      8. The human rights of migrants (International)
      9. Citizenship policies and politics
      10. The rise of assimilation?: Integration policies and politics
      11. Migrants and the developing minority rights framework
      12. The ethics of immigration and integration

      The module objectives are:

      • To develop knowledge of the main trends in migration policies in Europe, including immigration, citizenship and integration policies.
      • To develop an understanding of how domestic and international political processes shape migration policies and practices.
      • To develop an understanding of the European and international legal framework for migrants' rights.
    • Migrants and Society: Global Transformations

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This introductory core module examines a wide range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for studying migration and ethnic relations. Starting from the perspective that migration is one of the key drivers of globalisation and the transformation of contemporary societies, it examines the consequences of migration for people in both sending and receiving societies. Topics covered include:

      • general theories of migration
      • migration and development
      • transnationalism
      • return migration
      • sending and receiving state policies for migration
      • international migration governance
      • citizenship and integration
      • political mobilisation by migrants
      • migrants' social capital and networks
      • culture, identification and migrants' group rights. 
    • Research Methods and Professional Skills (Int Dev)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with training in social science research methods (generic as well as specific to your dissertation research) as well as with a set of professional skills that prepare you for a professional career. The module is run as a series of half-day workshops from which you select three workshops to match your specific needs depending on disciplinary orientation, previous training and experience, future employment plans and personal interests. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics. The social research methods workshops will include interviewing, ethnographic methods, participatory research techniques and questionnaire design. The professional skills workshops will include, for example, stakeholder engagement, sustainable livelihoods analysis, environmental impact assessment, project planning and private sector consulting. The professional skills will also help to prepare you if you plan to take a work placement over the summer. As part of the module, you will also receive a workshop on dissertation planning and design.

    • Dissertation (Migration Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides the opportunity to complete under expert supervision a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic of your choosing relevant to the field of migration. You may wish to conduct fieldwork for your dissertation or chose to work on secondary sources. In order to prepare for this work, you will have been given a training workshop in dissertation writing and you will be allocated a supervisor, who will help them prepare for your research, develop your problematic and supervise your independent research and writing through 4 half hour one-on-one supervisions in the summer term.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Anthropology of Childhood

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Anthropologists have taken children's lives into account from the early stages of the discipline, as visible in the works of, for example, Mead and Malinowski.

      These accounts, however, were often based on adult's views on children. More recently, anthropological interest has shifted from these socially constructed and symbolic understandings of childhood to an engagement with children's own perspectives and practices (James and Prout 1990).

      These approaches assume the centrality of children as actors, rather than passive beings who are being acted on; children are seen as complete humans, rather than as deficient adults-to-be.

      This perspective has enabled a wealth of cross-cultural, ethnographic studies to emerge, describing ideas and practices surrounding children and childhood. These include key events of the life course, such as birth and death, but also a focus on how children are shaped by, and actively shape, their social environments, such as families and peers, educational institutions and religious communities.

      Key themes address children in the context of play and labour, children's bodies, spaces and mobilities, as well as their experiences of, and responses to violence.

      In this module, you gain an overview of anthropological engagements with childhood, both historically and including its more recent methodological innovations. Broader theoretical discussions are complemented by in-depth ethnographic material from cultures and societies across the globe.

      The module covers the following topics:

      Week 1 - 'Childhood' as a cross-cultural concept
      Week 2 - Anthropological Perspectives on Children
      Week 3 - Rites of Passage
      Week 4 - Education and Morality
      Week 5 - Children's Bodies and Spaces
      Week 7 - Labour and Play
      Week 6 - Children's Mobilities
      Week 9 - Children and Violence
      Week 10 - Individual Term Paper Tutorials

    • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In their ethnographies, anthropologies have studied 'intra-cultural' conflict resolution practices. As activists, they have contributed to the emergence of generic approaches to conflict resolution. They have, however, raised important questions regarding the contextuality of generic practices and whether they can capture the complexity of local circumstances.

      In the first part of this module, you critically assess the relationship between local ('intra-cultural') and generic approaches to conflict resolution (as practiced by INGOs and other third-parties) - asking whether the latter can be tempered with a sense of context-specificity. You also consider the sociology of mediation and peace negotiations and the power relations and dynamics involved.

      In the second part of the module, you explore the desire to 'reconstruct' society in the aftermath of violent conflict. You critically assess 'truth acknowledging' exercises (such as truth commissions), and explore issues of memory and ways in which a psychologised 'nation' can be 'healed'. You contrast this with arguments in favour of 'retributive' exercises (such as international criminal tribunals and domestic trials).

      The module is structured as follows:

      1. 'Traditional' conflict resolution
      2. Re-traditionalising conflict resolution
      3. The international 'peacebuilding' discourse
      4. Memory and narrative in post-violence contexts
      5. Memorialisation
      6. 'Reconciliation' or 'co-existence'?
      7. 'Truth commissions'
      8. International criminal tribunals
      9. Case study 1; post-genocide Rwanda
      10. Case study 2; post-war Sierra Leone
      11. Case study 3; post-war Guatemala
      12. One-to-one term paper tutorials
    • Critical Debates in Environment and Development

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain familiarity with cutting edge debates linking environment and development. A subsidiary aim is to develop research skills and in particular to develop skills in establishing analytical frameworks and the use of evidence. You should think critically about cutting edge topics. Current research has questioned much of the mainstream analysis of environmental problems and their social causes that now informs development policy and practice. This research emerges from environmental history, anthropology, remote-sensing, geography and non-equilibrium ecology, and from methods reflecting different social values (eg taking a pro-poor or politically marginalised perspective). It forces us to expose relations between power, environmental knowledge and environmental policy. This module considers and evaluates these challenges. We explore their significance for understanding the relationship between poverty, environmental science and policy, and consider how these relations are changing given the globalisation of environmental science and policy. 

      Topics vary each year as different issues arise. Issues addressed by the module are currently: forest policy and REDD+; biofuels and the land grabs; neoliberal approaches and ecosystem services; conflict and environmental change; coastal hazards and pollution; biotechnology and food security; 9 billion people and the resource crunch; and low carbon technology.

    • Culture and Identity Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to explore the development of rights to culture, religion and language from an international and comparative perspective. The idea is to link rights based discussions to contemporary debates involving cultural issues and conflicts (for example on Shari'a law, on religious dress and symbols and on language rights in post-conflict reconciliation). In particular, the module seeks to explore the accommodation of such rights and the balancing of competing interests.

      The module will be divided into three parts. The first part of the module will introduce relevant legal frameworks and different theoretical perspectives required for a study of legal approaches to culture, religion and language. Specifically, this part will consider what we mean conceptually by culture, religion and language and consider how competing values and interests are reconciled within the international human rights framework. 

      The second part will consider in more depth the development of (both individual and collective) rights to culture, religion and language at the international level and consider the wider implications of the recognition of such rights with a particular focus on specific country situations. This part of the module will consider the extent to which such rights are increasingly being marginalised. It will also consider the impact of contemporary challenges, such as the current economic climate on the accommodation of such rights as well as new opportunities in a post-multicultural era. 

      The final part of the module will involve oral presentation of research plans on a case-study of your choice.

    • Knowledge, Power and Resistance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module reflects the various ways in which power and knowledge interact within contexts of development and economic change. The module provides you with the conceptual apparatus to theorise notions of discourse, power and resistance, but also deals in depth with the historically and culturally contingent nature of the various meanings given to development, modernity and tradition, and how these in turn are linked to different forms of knowledge. As the module shows, narratives and counter narratives of development are not only produced by the developers and developees, but also by yourself and fellow students. They are also inextricable from relations of power.

    • Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module considers the impacts of globalisation on rural livelihoods. Attention is paid to the interconnectedness of the global, national and local levels in causing change in rural societies. We consider the influence of social relations on rural economic life and, conversely, the influence of rural economic life on social relations. The module explores the effects of population mobility and working for global markets on rural economic and social life, the future of agriculture and the role of non-agricultural activities for livelihoods.

    • Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Medical knowledge, related practices and health-seeking are shaped by the social, political and cultural contexts in which they occur. This module draws upon theories, concepts, and approaches in medical anthropology to interrogate the concept of 'health' in its diverse formulations. The module considers how people integrate different types of medicine in their everyday lives. It examines 'health-seeking' in different medical traditions. 'The body' is used as an alternative framework for understanding medical pluralism, and the connections between experience, efficacy, and knowledge.

    • Migrants, Ethnicity, and Super-diversity

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Ethnicity has been a long-standing concern in the domain of migration. Many scholars of migration study migrants along the lines of ethnic groups and look at their experience through an `ethnic lens' being interested in the emergence and role of ethnic networks, identities, and communities. Yet to what extent does ethnicity matter? Migrants often move to 'super-diverse' global cities and build complex relationships that seem to be insufficiently or inadequately captured by the language of ethnicity. Non-ethnic processes, identities and attachments have gained increasing attention in today's globalised societies. This module will critically examine the close link between migration and ethnicity tosee how ethnicity achieves prominence in key areas of migrants' lives, and to identify alternative approaches to ethnicity and ethnic-group centred perspectives on migration. We will discuss these aspects with specific reference to the European context, which offers a fruitful site for comparing 'new' and old migrants and minorities (from European and non-European countries), and invites reflection on migration theories developed in the American context. 

      The overall aim of the module will be to encourage a nuanced understanding of the variable role of ethnicity in migrants' experience. We will first look at theoretical perspectives on ethnicity and the critique of the 'ethnic bias' in migration research. We will then examine different domains where ethnicity becomes prominent (migrant networks, economies, politics and identities). In the third part, we will evaluate alternative (non-ethnic) approaches to studying migrants, in the context of increasingly 'super-diverse' European cities and societies, to see how they fulfil their promise. We will look at the case of intra-EU migration (from old and new member states) as well as mixed neighbourhoods where old and new migrants and minorities cross paths to assess the extent and limits of 'everyday' forms of cosmopolitanism.

      Our weekly topics are:

      1. Ethnicity: theoretical perspectives
        Ethnicity: culture and boundaries
      2. 'Methodological ethnicity' and migration studies
        Ethnicity in migration studies
      3. The migration process and migrant networks 
      4. Ethnic communities in global cities 
      5. Ethnicity and economic incorporation: migrant economies 
      6. Ethnicity and political incorporation: migrant politics
      7. Ethnic identities
        Beyond ethnicity? Alternative approaches to migration
      8. Diasporas and transnational communities
      9. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Europeanisation and 'Eurostars'
      10. Essay discussion 
      11. 'Everyday' cosmopolitanism: Post-Accession Eastern European migrants 
      12. 'Super-diversity' and mixed neighbourhoods
    • Migration and Wellbeing

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Our contemporary world has been characterised as living through an age of migration, with an unprecedented number and diversity of people on the move around the world.

      We introduce you to the dynamics of migration in the contemporary world, and to its implications for migrants' wellbeing and the development of health and welfare receiving societies. We begin by introducing salient theories of migration – push-pull, historical structural theories, transnational theories and migration systems theories – and explore their implications for research.

      The term migrant does scant justice to the range of people leaving their home countries to make new lives elsewhere, and the challenes they face. The wellbeing of migrants is crucially influenced by the circumstances in which they leave their home countries and try to resettle. You will be presented with a categorisation of contemporary migration, including forms of voluntary and forced migration, and the specific implications of these for migrants' wellbeing. You examne these further through a range of case studies, drawing on first-hand research of migrant reception in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Malta and across Scandinavia.

      The first part of the module examines migrants' needs and circumstances, the particular health and social care issues affecting them and the challenges they face in resettlement. The second part focuses primarily on how receiving countries have responded to the perceived needs of migrants (e.g. the development of ‘culturally appropriate’ health and social care services, special projects and a range of health and welfare interventions). The third part looks at evidence of ‘good practice’ in relation to services aimed at enhancing migrants’ wellbeing, and examines the potential for transferring good practice from one country to another.  

      We structure our assessments to incorporate formative feedback.

    • Migration, Inequality and Social Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is primarily about migration for work in low-paid, low-status occupations. It lays emphasis on the connections between work migration and inequality and deliberately draws attention to the dynamic and contested social relations in which migrant experiences are embedded. The term 'work migration' is preferred to 'labour migration' here because it stresses the agency of the migrant. However, much of what we discuss as work migration is forced by economic compulsion and lack of alternative livelihoods. We focus as much on internal migration for work (for example within India and China) as we do on international migration. 

      Particular attention is paid to global economic change (including the current crisis) and its link with changes in workplace relations. We are also centrally concerned with structures of ideas and how they change, including gendered and racialised ideologies of work. We study work migration as integrated into processes of social change, both caused by and causing changing relations between ethnic groups, genders and generations. Throughout the course ethnographic studies are drawn on to bring out how migration is experienced by migrant workers themselves, relatives they may have left behind, employers in 'destination' areas and local workers. The final sessions consider both ways of reducing the vulnerability of migrant workers and the development of a more critical approach to migration policy analysis.

    • Migration, Rights and Governance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The seductive term "crisis" describes the state of international migration today. This crisis demands action on the part of experts and it demands study so as to understand the legal and political processes these experts use to manage migration.

      This module explores migration management – or governance – as well as its legal, political and ethical connotations.

      You will look at global migration governance and rights, international migration trends, and at how the international community responds to refugees and displaced people using a rights-based approach. The course focuses on the use of rights language in migration management.

      A large part of this module will focus on Europe – a key destinations for migrants  – and the so-called ‘migrant crisis’. You will examine the broad themes of migration governance, rights, security, solidarity and mobility, and consider them through topics such as trafficking, immigration detention, relocation, deportation and criminal conviction.

      You will be asked to contribute your own knowledge, experience and personal interest in the area through a case study-style assessment that will rotate throughout the term.

    • Postcolonial Africa: Politics and Society

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you explore theoretical debates over key postcolonial political and socio-cultural dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa.

      You are encouraged to think critically about dominant representations of the sub-continent in the West particularly as these shape developmental, security and other interventions, and to assess alternative representations, such as those produced by African print media or civil society campaigns.

      You are introduced, and invited, to analyse different, often conflicting accounts of postcolonial continuities and transformations.

      Topics include introductions to theoretical discussion of:

      • the postcolonial state and forms of local governance
      • nationalism and ethnicity
      • conflict
      • borders
      • the politics of land and natural resources
      • processes of urbanization and reshaping of city spaces
      • mobility
      • new forms of transnational connection between Africa, Europe and China.

      Each session is oriented around a different theoretical debate, but is also explored through a particular case study.
      Therefore, you gain an overview of cutting edge theory, while at the same time appreciating the extent of diversity across the continent, and having the opportunity to explore primary and secondary sources on specific and topical issues.

    • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the processes of impoverishment and marginalisation of children, youth and adults in development contexts. A principle focus in on what anthropology can tell us about processes of impoverishment and marginality in development contexts – a complex and highly contextual field. By considering detailed ethnographic accounts of peoples’ everyday lives, you will also interrogate how local preferences, priorities and values can be incorporated into development policy. Throughout the module you will explore these topics with reference to the development policies and practices that have been aimed at `the poor’, as well as the wider political economies of economic transformation in the contemporary world. Focussing upon local contexts, a central premise is that people’s everyday experiences of poverty and marginality have to be situated historically, as well as in terms of the micro-dynamics of economic, social and political relations.

    • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity of forced migration issues in developing countries, and of the range of ideological and practical perspectives which inform policy concerning the reception and settlement of refugees, and the resolution of conflicts which give rise to forced migration flows. At the end of the course, you will be expected to have a conceptual and intellectual grasp of the principle components of the growing literature on forced migration and development, and specific understanding of the practical experience of, and lessons learnt from refugee assistance programmes over the past 50 years.

    • The Politics of Brexit

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant social science or humanities subject.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

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English language support

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Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

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1 August 2017

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Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

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    Dr Stephanie Berry
    Lecturer in Public Law

    Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

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    Dr Odul Bozkurt
    Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

    Research interests: employment studies, globalization and work, Green Economy, international human resource management, Japan, repair work, retail employment, skills and employment, social class and employment, Sociology of work and organizations, UK retailing, vintage sector

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    Prof Rupert Brown
    Professor of Social Psychology

    Research interests: Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations

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    Dr Grace Carswell
    Reader in Human Geography

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Dr Susan Collard
    Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies

    Research interests: History

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    Prof Michael Collyer
    Professor of Geography

    Research interests: european union, Geopolitics, Migration, Refugees and asylum

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    Prof Jane Cowan
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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    Dr Elizabeth Craig
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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    Dr Geert De Neve
    Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies

    Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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    Dr Priya Deshingkar
    Research Director/Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests: Agriculture, IInernational Development, Internal Migration, Migration, Precarious Occupations, Rural Livelihoods

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    Prof Mairead Dunne
    Professor of Sociology of Education

    Research interests: Education

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    Dr Naureen Durrani
    Senior Lecturer in International Education and Development

    Research interests: Citizenship and youth, Curriculum and textbooks, Education, Education & peacebuilding, International education & development, Pakistan, pedagogy, South Asia, Teacher Education

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    Dr June Edmunds
    Lecturer in Sociology

    Research interests: Asylum seeking, citizenship, Cosmopolitanism, Ethnic Politics, Generations, Human Rights, Migration, Muslims and European Politics, Racism

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    Dr Nigel Eltringham
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

    Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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    Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
    Reader in Anthropology

    Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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    Dr James Hampshire
    Reader in Politics

    Research interests: british politics, citizenship, comparative politics, european union, governance, Immigration, immigration policy, liberalism, Migration, political theory, Politics of asylum and migration, race and racism

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    Prof Elizabeth Harrison
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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    Dr Rumy Hasan
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Critique of multiculturalism and multifaithism, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Political economy of Russia, The conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the West (including ‘dual identities’)

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    Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
    Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies

    Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, culture and health, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, digital anthropology, environmental movements, gender, health risk perceptions, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, Media and international development, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, Science And Technology Studies, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures

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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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    Dr Evan Killick
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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    Prof Russell King
    Professor of Geography

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, ageing care and migration, Albania, Children and migration, Cultural Geography, Generations, geographies of socialist and postsocialist development, Greece, higher education, Human Geography, International Student Migration/Mobility, Island studies, Italy, Migration, migration studies, social geography, Southern Europe, The Mediterranean, Youth

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    Prof Dominic Kniveton
    Professor of Climate Science & Society

    Research interests: Africa, Climate change, Development, Migration, South Asia

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    Dr Mark Leopold
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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    Prof JoAnn McGregor
    Professor Of Human Geography

    Research interests: African diasporas, Conflict and violence, Development studies, Migration, Refugees and asylum, Southern Africa social history, Ur

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    Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
    Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

    Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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    Dr Jon Mitchell
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK

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    Dr Laura Morosanu
    Lecturer in Sociology

    Research interests: intra-European mobility, Migration, Sociology, Transnationalism

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    Dr Linda Morrice
    Senior Lecturer In Education

    Research interests: citizenship, Education, Gender and Sexuality, Learning, Migration, refugees, Social cohesion, Social exclusion, Social identities

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    Prof Filippo Osella
    Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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    Prof Ben Rogaly
    Professor of Human Geography

    Research interests: class, community, employment in agriculture and food, Identity, labour geography, migration studies, place, race and racism, social geography, work migration

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    Prof Ronald Skeldon
    Emeritus Professor

    Research interests: Demography

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    Prof Paul Statham
    Professor of Migration

    Research interests: ageing care and migration, Comparative Studies, Domestic Politics of European Integration, Immigration, Islam, Media & Communication Studies, Multiculturalism, Public sphere theory, Social movements, Sociology

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology

    Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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    Dr Katie Walsh
    Senior Lecturer in Geography

    Research interests: Ageing and the lifecourse, Belonging, British diaspora, Britishness, Domestic material culture, Dubai, Expatriate migration, family studies, Highly Skilled migration, Home, Home-making practices, Intimacy, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and diaspora, The politics of domesticity

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    Prof L. Alan Winters
    Professor of Economics

    Research interests: Developing Countries, Economics, International Trade, Migration

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Graduate destinations

93% of students from the School of Global Studies were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Department of International Development students have gone on to roles including:

  • coffee research consultant, Fairtrade Foundation
  • head of conference production, Climate Action
  • learning portfolio administrator, Engineers Without Borders.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Many of our graduates have pursued successful careers in:

  • international organisations and NGOs (such as UNHCR)
  • local government authorities
  • charities with a migration focus (such as the Refugee Council).

Others have continued their studies with a PhD, becoming scholars in migration studies.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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