Life in Lockdown

This week we are launching ‘Life in Lockdown’: a survey on the impact of the covid19 lockdown on people’s social relationships and social networks. The study is run by a team of experts including the University of Nottingham, The University of Manchester, the University of East Anglia and London Metropolitan University.

The anonymous survey is open to everyone and can be completed on computers, tablets and smartphones. The questionnaire builds on a similar study undertaken in France and the research outputs will include an international comparison between the two countries.

To find out more (and take part in the survey) see the press release by the University of Nottingham

In times of covid19, migrant students shouldn’t be forgotten

As previously announced, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ event (originally scheduled for May 11th) had to be postponed till further notice because of the covid19 lockdown.

However, it is now more important than ever to have a public discussion about the experiences of vulnerable young people of migrant background. This should take a transnational, inter-disciplinary approach, involving academics as well as third sector organisations and education practitioners, from across Europe and beyond.

Thus, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ organising committee is launching a ‘call for evidence and contributions on the experiences and needs of migrant and refugee students during the global lockdown‘.

The call is available to download on:

The document includes more information about what we are planning to do to raise awareness and contribute to the discussion around these issues (also encouraging exchange of good practice and creative responses).

For further information or to get in touch, please write to:

Learning for Citizenship – Postponed

In light of the current ‘lock-down’ and wider impact of the Covid19 pandemic, the ‘Learning for Citizenship’ event is postponed till further notice.

Having consulted with the organising committee, we feel it is too early to schedule another date. Hopefully it will be possible to run the event during the Autumn term, but we will decide later on, keeping all informed.

Meanwhile, for further information please visit:
(You can register online for free to receive updates).

Learning for Citizenship – CfP

We are now inviting abstract submissions from scholars and practitioners from across the UK and Europe for this international event, which will take place at the University of Nottingham on 11th May 2020.

Funded by the Social Policy Association (SPA), this initiative will bring together academics, practitioners, NGOs and policy-makers from across Europe, in order to exchange and discuss best practice of inclusion, engagement, practical and emotional support for migrant and refugee students from different backgrounds, educational levels and local contexts.

The deadline to submit abstracts is: Friday 6th March 2020

For information visit:

To download the Call for Papers, click here

This event is organised in partnership by the icPSP (International Centre for Public and Social Policy) at the University of Nottingham; EMIGRA-CER Migracions of the Autonomous University of Barcelona; and the Department of Culture, Politics and Society (CPS) of the University of Turin.

Against the evidence: Europe’s migration challenge and the failure to protect

The special issue of JEMS (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) on Europe’s migration policy is fully Special Issue: Against the evidence. It comprises several articles exploring the nature of Europe’s ‘migration crisis’ and the extent to which the development of new migration management policies was grounded in evidence about the causes, drivers and consequences of migration to Europe.

It also includes my piece: “Italy: the ‘illegality factory’? Theory and practice of refugees’ reception in Sicily”.


The Border Fence

On Thursday 17th October I will be in Turin as the discussant for the showing of “The Border Fence“. An insightful documentary by award winning director Nikolaus Geyrhalter on the Austria-Italy border during the 2016.

The event is part of Crocevia Di Sguardi, a migration documentaries festival organised by FIERI (Fieri Forum Internazionale Ed Europeo Ricerche Sull’Immigrazione), now in its XV edition.

The Presentation of the Networked Self

My latest paper (with Louise Ryan) is now available online on Social Networks.
The presentation of the networked self: Ethics and epistemology in social network analysis” is part of a forthcoming special issue on Ethics and Social Network Analysis.

The paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities of qualitative network research and in particular it draws on the work of Goffman and Krackhardt to discuss that crucial step in between participants’ perceptions and the collection and visualisation of network data – i.e. what we call the presentation of the networked self.

The paper builds on previous publications by me, Louise Ryan and Paola Tubaro – which we undertook within the Social Network Analysis study group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association.

Our earlier Social Networks article (“Changing times: Migrants’ social network analysis and the challenges of longitudinal research“) is one of the most downloaded in the journal -and it’s open access!

Leading the icPSP

I am thrilled to announced that from this 2019-2020 academic year I will be Research Lead for the International Centre for Public and Social Policy (icPSP) at the University of Nottingham.

The centre brings scholars from across the School of Sociology and Social Policy working on a wide range of themes, including national, local and global governance, welfare reform and labour markets, migration policy and inequalities, health and social security, education and urban studies.

Following our Away Day last July, we are going to implement an ambitious action plan for the coming years, including events, research initiatives, international collaborations and renewed efforts to include postgraduate students in our work. Watch this space or the icPSP webpage for future updates.