SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

A key focus of the Department of Development Studies is on how migration and mobility intersect with development processes. The Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster brings together lecturers and PhD students whose research touches on these themes. Our work investigates the political economy of migration, the lived experiences of migrants, and governance/policy processes relating to migration. We have a particularly strong record of research in the area of forced migration.

Current research areas include:

  • Forced migration and refugee issues
  • Labour migration in/from the global South
  • Environment, food security and migration/displacement
  • Urbanisation and development
  • Gender, the family and migration
  • Globalisation, borders and migration
  • Diaspora engagement in countries of origin
  • Migrant / minority rights, vulnerability and mobilisation

Our research draws on a range of disciplines (anthropology, political science, geography) and covers diverse regional contexts (South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the North Africa and the Middle East, Latin America and Europe). We regularly engage with policy-makers and activists on migration issues.

Members participate in and contribute to organising events in the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies.