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
I am Honoured and excited to be the keynote speaker at the 8th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student e-conference of Hong Kong BU – Faculty of Social Sciences. On April 22nd I will talk about “Re-bordering Europe: structural inequalities and civic stratification from Brexit to Covid”. For further information click here.
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.
My article ‘The Networked Refugee: The role of transnational networks in the journeys across the Mediterranean’ is available (open access) on Global Networks. This is part of a special issue by Janne Dahinden and Louise Ryan on migration and network analysis. To access the article, please click here.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.