Migration, refugees and asylum
The movement of people has always been part of the human condition and a vital process for all human societies bringing change, solving some social challenges and introducing others.
The contemporary world is characterised by a high degree of mobility, making the different and often overlapping categories of people on the move important political and developmental actors.
This movement of people relates back to conceptual philosophical questions about the absence of universal rights in actual political space and notions of citizenship and belonging, as well as to important global development agendas, such as remittances and other more intangible transfers of people on the move, which make a major contribution to global development.
How we are addressing it:
Through the Manchester Migration Lab, we have been bringing our innovative research agenda into greater focus. Key themes under investigation include:
- Contesting the politics of border-zones, borderscapes, encampment and containment through the lens of the post-colonial hegemonic world order.
- Examining the journey – challenging the characterisation of migration from one place to another and exploring the significance of the adventure, trauma, transit and sojourn in shaping movement and its outcomes.
- Investigating theoretical understandings of social transformation through empirical analysis of history, social relations and generations.
- Examining changing notions of home and belonging in relation to geographical place and transnational social spaces.
- Challenging top-down neoliberal economic approaches to migration through an exploration of agency and solidarity from below that includes entrepreneurship, rights and citizenship claims.
The Migration Lab brings together the 70+ researchers who work on migration issues across the University
Tanja Bastia's research into the effect of migration on Bolivia's elderly.
This project explores the relationship between tourism and development and environmental sustainability and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of small-island communities
This programme examines different aspects of the links between development and mobility in the Horn of Africa.
Our teaching agenda:
We run a number of master’s courses closely related to our research agenda
- International Development MSc
- International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development MSc
- International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development MSc
People and publications:
Click on the names below to read their latest publications or read the latest publications from the Global Development Institute.
- Dr Oliver Bakewell - Senior Lecturer, Migration Studies
- Dr Tanja Bastia - Senior Lecturer, International Development
- Prof Uma Kothari - Professor, Migration and Postcolonial Studies
- Dr Tanja Müller - Reader in Development Studies; Convenor Manchester Migration Lab
Honorary Research Fellows
This group works closely with colleagues from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute and the Migration Lab.
News and insights:
Research project archive
Cosmopolitan development: The impacts of international volunteering
This project provided new ways of thinking about the impact of international development volunteering
Perceptions and understandings of climate change and migration
This project investigated islanders’ perceptions of how they are being affected by climate change, how they see their future and what it would take to make them leave their homes.
Conflict, Displacement and Home
Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia's project into the concept of home in Columbia
'Memories of Paradise’ – Legacies of Socialist Mobility
The project centred on changing dynamics in development cooperation between Mozambique and East Germany