Migration and forced displacement are amongst the most pressing global challenges of our era. Our research focuses on two key areas:
Mobility, Skills and Development. The huge rise in refugee movements has recast the relationship between mobile populations and skills. Our research seeks to understand the linkages and analyse the implications for development. We also aim to build capacity amongst organisations to address the skills needs of these populations.
Integration and Citizenship. How are mobile populations challenging notions of citizenship and rights? How do these get reshaped in the context of new nationalisms both within Europe and in other continents? Such questions are addressed both theoretically and through engagement with local, national and international organisations.
This project will generate robust social-scientific data on the impact of Covid-19 on migrant members of the global health care workforce and on collective responses to pressures on healthcare workforces globally since 2020.
Through participatory and creative research methods, CCoM investigates separated child migrants’ experiences of care, and caring for others, as they navigate the complexities of the immigration-welfare nexus in England.
This project examines how far international distance education in South Africa offers equitable access to students in Africa through both supply-side and demand-side analysis.
This British Academy funded grant enables collaboration with 10 African early-career scholars to prepare a special issue on international students in Africa for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).
Advancing migration research, policy and planning with an online course using ‘evidence café' methodology, freely available for organisations and individuals working on migration policy across the globe.
Significant growth in African economies has prompted more migrants to move to, and within, African countries. This project explores the impact this migration is having on growth and how it can be more sustainable and inclusive.
This public engagement project aims to foster public awareness of the lived experiences of people who are separated from their families and made vulnerable and marginalised by the state in indefinite detention in the UK.
Using learning design spearheaded by The Open University to develop a decolonial education tool to reduce conflict and promote peace between local communities and foreign nationals in South Africa and Uganda.
Although the link between migration and development is well established, the implications for inclusive growth of North-South flows and migration within the global South have been underplayed.
China's impact on Africa has been discussed in terms of promoting 'bad' governance and/or signalling a new 'imperialism'. Yet, beyond this, Chinese migration represents a profound social change.
To find out more about our work, or to discuss a potential project, please contact:
International Development Research Office
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
T: +44 (0)1908 858502