SOAS University of London

Resources on key concepts around migration for schoolchildren created using SOAS scholar’s research

25 June 2019

New resources on migration designed for schools launched by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have been informed by research by Laura Hammond, Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. The resources explore key concepts including migration, urbanisation and the nature of changing cities.

The Society worked closely with Professor Hammond and other lead researchers on the ‘Migrants on the margins’ project to produce a range of posters, podcasts, animations, videos, fact sheets and lesson plans which provide a wider context to migration.

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Above: Section of Sabina’s story © PositiveNegatives

The posters explore how cities are changing, the causes of migration and why people move; while the videos feature the research team describing the study cities, the research methods and the importance of the project. A podcast with the Principal Investigator for the project, Professor Mike Collyer, delves deeper into the day to day issues of those living on the margins.

The resources are suitable for all Key Stages and more will become available as the research continues and the team disseminates their findings over the coming year.

Professor Hammond said of the collaboration with the RGS-IBG: ‘This collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society has enabled us to have an impact far beyond what we would have been able to achieve on our own. The Society’s Education team have teamed up with us to bring their extensive knowledge of how to design effective teaching materials with our cutting-edge research to produce really dynamic products that are being well received by students. We have been able to test them out in workshops with students at the Society, and the feedback has been really inspiring.’

The ‘Migrants on the margins’ project aims to deepen the understanding of rural to urban migration. Professor Hammond led on a study in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The research focuses on migration and the vulnerability of migrants in some of the world’s most pressured cities.

Professor Hammond and Professor Collyer’s team will also be taking a traveling exhibition to Hargeisa, Somaliland in July. This will feature comics created by PositiveNegatives and photographs from the project’s research and will be displayed in conjunction with the Hargeisa International Book Fair, organised by SOAS Research Associate Jama Muse Jama.