Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement
Forced displacement is on the rise, and reasons for displacement are complex: war, violence, human rights abuses, poverty, humanitarian emergencies, food scarcities and environmental degradation to name a few. The effects of such displacement - social, political, legal - are just as complex, and continue to be the subject of political debate in the UK, the EU and globally.
The primary purpose of the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement is to create an institutional platform to support and promote Aston academics’ work on migration and forced displacement, in order to foster high-quality research, impact and income generation. Thus, the centre is an agenda-setting research centre, building links with stakeholders in the West Midlands, but also leading national and international discussions on migration research, with a specific focus on critical approaches, ethics, representation and innovative research methods. The focus of the Centre is bringing together cultural and policy impact, through use of alternative forms of presentation of research results (such as exhibitions), briefing reports, evidence submitted to the government enquiries, and development of training programmes for various stakeholders. The Centre is a platform promoting innovative and high-impact research on migration, and as such, is at the forefront of debates rethinking to engage with migration research, and how to support scholars working in these areas. It does therefore also have, as one of its main purposes, the support of PGR students and early career fellows working on migration research.
The Centre’s work is organised around four research themes which reflect the interests and work of its members, and which are also major research areas in the study of migration and forced displacement more broadly. The themes cut across disciplines (politics, international relations, sociology, law and business and management) and across different geographies, applying to local, as well as global concerns:
- Violence and human rights abuses
- Humanitarian and environmental emergencies
- Ethics of migration research
- Politics of migration, refugee rights and asylum
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