SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Professor Carol Tan (Law) has been awarded funding of £36,400 from the British Council Newton Fund’s Researcher Links Workshop Grant scheme to hold a workshop in partnership with Professor Sulistyowati Irianto of Universitas Indonesia. The grant will fund up to 20 researchers from UK institutions and 20 researchers from Indonesian institutions to participate in a workshop (M2B: Indonesian Migrant Workers from Security to Development). The workshop will bring researchers and stakeholders from government, NGOs and workers' groups to develop policy, advocacy and services with a view to producing lasting development benefits for Indonesian migrant workers, their families and communities.

Previous research projects:

Marie Curie Initial Training Network (CoHaB)

The SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies was part of a successful bid for funding for a transdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB), which ran from 2012-2015. The project, in collaboration with several other international institutions including Munster, Mumbai, Stockholm, Oxford and Northampton, was awarded a £3.2 million grant from the Marie Curie Initial Training Network.

The network of institutions trained doctoral and post doctoral researchers, and ran a series of workshops and conferences. The researchers received their training in both a host institution and the other universities involved, enabling those working on a series of projects under the theme of ‘home and belonging’ to benefit from an association of international expertise on migration and diaspora. The SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies was a ‘natural fit’ for the project, having promoted transdisciplinary dialogue on migration since its inception, and providing a home for the numerous migration scholars across the disciplines we are now fortunate to have at SOAS.

SDS Conference: ‘A future without Immigration Detention?’

SOAS Detainee Support Group supported by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies organised the conference ‘A future without Immigration Detention?’ on the 26th and 27th of April 2013 at SOAS in London. The conference was primarily aimed at those who already had some understanding, expertise and/or experience with migration and immigration detention, such as ex-detainees, students of migration, immigration law practitioners, members of civil society organizations and academics in the field. Some objectives for the conference were to consider the roots and current situation of immigration detention in the UK and Europe and to place immigration detention within the wider context of the global migration regime. The conference also wanted to give insight into different ‘alternatives’ to immigration detention through lectures, discussions and workshops and to bring to light their limitations and risks. Podcasts from the conference are available through our Podcasts page