Discussing social networks in migration studies

It’s nice to see my work on refugees’ social networks featured in a recent COMPAS blog by Kirsten McCollum (What do we know about social networks under forced migration? Recent scholarship and new directions for research).

I am also looking forward to our panel on some of these issues at the forthcoming IMISCOE conference (7-9 July 2021): ‘Qualitative network analysis for migration studies: beyond metaphors and epistemological pitfalls’. The panel is informed by a forthcoming special issue of Global Networks edited by Janine Dahinde and Louise Ryan.

Social Policy and Society annual lecture and editorial launch

Ruby Chau and I are delighted to host the Social Policy and Society annual event next June 15th. As well as launching our editorship of this journal, the event includes a special lecture by Zoë Irving and Kevin Farnsworth on ‘Austerity, toxicity, hostility: welfare states and the lost decade’. For further information and to book a place visit: https://spslecture2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Supporting migrant students through the pandemic

Call for Papers – deadline 24th March 2021
Online conference – 25th-26th May 2021

Go to the event webpage

Lockdowns and school ‘closures’ in response to Covid-19 have caused major disruptions to the lives and educational experiences of everyone. This impact, however, has not been the same for all, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are facing disproportionate difficulties and widening educational gaps. In fact, since the first lockdowns of Spring 2020, distance learning has proved to be a multiplier of educational inequalities, at the intersection of class, gender, (dis)ability, ethnicity and migration status.

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Supporting migrant students: community responses

18 March 2021 – Online event

Second event I have the pleasure to co-organise with NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research). After our earlier event for schools, this knowledge-exchange workshop aims to bring together NGOs and community practitioners to discuss how to best support newly arrived migrant and refugee students during Covid-19 lockdowns. This is a partnership between icPSP (International Centre for Public and Social Policy, University of Nottingham) and NIESR, with the support of the ESRC and the Social Policy Association (SPA). For further information and to book a place, click here.

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: learningforcitizenship@gmail.com

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.