SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar to lead LIDC’s ESRC-AHRC Migration Leadership Team

5 January 2018

Dr Laura Hammond, Reader in Development Studies at SOAS University of London, will lead the new the London International Development Centre (LIDC) Migration Leadership Team to provide guidance to the Arts and Humanities and Economic and Social Research Councils (AHRC and ESRC) developing a shared strategy for supporting research on migration and displacement. The team will identify strategic opportunities and priorities for further research and to highlight best practice in the area of impact.

The project will draw upon the expertise of a wide range of migration scholars throughout its member colleges and particularly those linked to SOAS’s Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, QMUL’s Centre for the Study of Migration, UCL Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and City, University of London. Dr Hammond will lead the project as PI and work with two Co-Investigators: Kavita Datta, Professor of Development Geography at Queen Mary University of London and Dr Elaine Chase, Senior Lecturer in Education, Health and International Development at UCL Institute of Education.

Drawing on the extensive interdisciplinary expertise of scholars within the London International Development Centre (LIDC), the Migration Leadership Team will engage in a series of ‘Global Migration Conversations’ – workshops, one-on-one interviews, and panel discussions with researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, migrants associations and arts organisations. They will identify areas of research to prioritise, pathways to impact that have been, or are likely to be, promising and platforms for communication and collaboration that are likely to help bridge research, policy and public engagement. These ‘Global Migration Conversations’ will take place in the UK, Brussels, Delhi, Nairobi, and Washington DC.

Dr Hammond said, ‘This is a really exciting opportunity to generate discussion and collaboration between researchers, policy makers, those involved in the arts and migrants themselves about the linkages between research and practice, the spaces in which research is needed, and the priorities for greater collaboration to generate impact towards addressing problems associated with migration and displacement.’

The appointment, which is for 24 months, began on 1st November  2017.

For further queries about the LIDC-MLT, please contact Dr Hammond at: