migprosp logoProspects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP)

MIGPROSP is a five year project funded by the European Research Council Advanced Grants scheme awarded to Professor Andrew Geddes in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

The MIGPROSP project’s main aim is to know more about what could be called the ‘micro-political’ foundations that shape the context of choice for individuals within migration governance systems. The project then asks how this context of choice influences and shapes the capacity of governance systems to respond now and in the future to the challenges associated with international migration. Or put more simply, how do actors within these systems understand international migration? How susceptible are these understandings to change? And what do these understandings and possible change in them mean now and in the future for the governance of international migration at state, regional and international levels.

The MIGPROSP project focuses in particular on Europe, North America, South America and the Asia-Pacific region because of the significant variations in migration governance within these regions.

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Asylum. Welfare. Work.

This three year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is being undertaken by Dr. Lucy Mayblin at the University of Sheffield. The research is all about asylum seekers’ rights to take paid employment, with a focus on the UK context.

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Challenges in Researching the Shadow Economy

Lead Researcher: Dr. Genevieve LeBaron, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics

Forced labour, human trafficking and slavery are widely believed to be rapidly proliferating in the global economy. There is however, no reliable global estimate of slavery or trafficking, nor a sound methodology for measuring prevalence of severe labour exploitation. Given the risks associated with researching the shadow economy, few scholars and organizations have even attempted to collect hard data. Reliable estimates and data are necessary for future research on forced labour. This programme will provide a vehicle for an interdisciplinary group of expert scholars to tackle this problem.

Funded by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Understanding and Governing Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains

Lead Researcher: Dr. Genevieve LeBaron, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics

The overall aim of this research is to achieve an in-depth understanding of how forced labour (and overlapping practices like slavery and human trafficking) operate in global supply chains. Key questions include: What factors create ‘demand’ for forced labour within supply chains? What are the pathways that allow forced labour access to formal industry? How effective are recent public and private governance initiatives to combat forced labour, especially in the sub-tiers of global production? These questions will be investigated through a range of qualitative methods including elite interviews with key informants and ethnographic field research among workers themselves. Supply chain analysis will be used to understand the firm-to-firm dynamics of forced labour along the supply chain (raw material, component, manufacture, distribution and retail). Project partners include Yale University, the International Labour Organization, UK House of Commons, Impactt Ltd, and

Funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Grant.

Identifying Promising Innovations to Enhance Equity and Efficiency in Care for New Migrant Populations

This research project is being undertaken by Liz Such, Liz Walton, Sarah Salway, Janet Harris and Brigette Colwell from the Health Equity and Inclusion Group at the University of Sheffield. It is funded by Sheffield CCG and aims to 1) undertake a mapping and formative evaluation of innovative practice at the primary care-community interface related to meeting the needs of new migrant populations, 2) identify a promising package of innovation that warrants further refinement and testing and 3) develop research capacity among primary care colleagues and strengthen research-practice linkages to support knowledge translation.