SOAS University of London

London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team

Project Summary


The London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT) is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a shared and participatory global strategy for identifying and supporting migration research.

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Migration Leadership Team (MLT)

The LIDC-MLT is convening a series of Global Migration Conversations in locations including Nairobi, Delhi, Beirut, New York, London and Brussels, to assess the scope, achievements and challenges of the existing portfolio of global migration research; to identify strategic opportunities and priorities for further research; and to highlight best practice in the area of impact. Each conversation will bring together and provide networking opportunities for researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, migrants’ associations and arts organisations.

The conversations are one of several sources that will feed into the LIDC-MLT's work alongside: (i) a review of the existing UKRI-funded migration research portfolio; (ii) our participation in the global migration studies community and events; (iii) desk-based research mapping the state of global migration research; and (iv) 1:1 meetings with key stakeholders in the field. This process will culminate in the drafting of a co-produced 5-year strategy to inform UKRI-funded research which will be made available for on-line consultation and finalised by the end of 2019. 

Other secondary outputs will include: an online navigation and mapping tool for UKRI migration research; arts-based outputs; academic outputs; examples of pathways to impact that have been, or are likely to be, promising; platforms for communication and collaboration that are likely to help bridge research, policy, and public engagement; and a toolkit to inform equitable research partnerships.

MLT Co-produced Strategy Process (pdf; 408kb)   summarises the LIDC-MLT’s co-production process.

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LIDC-MLT Strategic Agenda Launch

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On May 18, 2020, the LIDC-MLT digitally launched the Strategic Agenda with an online event. For those who were unable to attend the launch, the event has been recorded. The full Strategic Agenda can be found under Outputs.


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