World on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change conference

30 Oct – Nov 1 2017, The University of Manchester and Chancellors Conference Centre, Manchester

This two-and-a-half day conference provided an arena for discussion, debate, and the development of future research projects. Plenary sessions from world-leading migration researchers, panels, and workshops created spaces for the development of sustainable networks and relationships across the academic, policy, not-for-profit and media sectors. The first day was a half day policy and politics event where distinguished speakers from policy, activist, NGO and media backgrounds debated the question ‘How is Brexit Britain responding to a world on the move?’.

This conference received funding from the Hallsworth Conference Fund at the University of Manchester.


Prof Aderanti Adepoju (University of Lagos), Prof Alice Bloch (The University of Manchester), Prof Joy Damousi (University of Melbourne), Prof Rob Ford (The University of Manchester), Prof Peter Gatrell (The University of Manchester), Prof Justin Gest (George Mason University), Prof Nina Glick-Schiller (The University of Manchester), Dr Laura Hammond (School of Oriental and African Studies), Prof Yaron Matras (The University of Manchester), Gulwali Passarlay (Author of The Lightless Sky), Prof Miriam Ticktin (The New School, New York).

Conference themes

This conference exhibited papers, workshops, exhibitions and performances which respond to and confront the relationship between migration and the various social, political, environmental and economic upheavals currently in process worldwide. There were discussions around issues such as forced displacement, asylum, labour migration, trafficking, diaspora, integration, citizenship and their reciprocal relationships with conflict, economic inequalities, hardship, climate change, political change and social transformation.

Conference committee members

Conference Lead: Dr Tanja Müller; Committee members: Prof Alice Bloch, Prof Bertrand Taithe, Dr Tamara West, Dr Cathy Wilcock