Future Events

Masterclass for PhD and Early Career Researchers: “Interdisciplinary approach to complex policy issues: A case of migration-development nexus” 

Thursday 19th April 2018, The University of Sheffield

We are pleased to announce that Professor Izabela Grabowska from the University of Warsaw will deliver a two-hour masterclass to PhD students and early career researchers entitled, “Interdisciplinary approach to complex policy issues: A case of migration-development nexus” on the afternoon of Thursday 19th April 2018.

The masterclass will provide a valuable opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers working on migration research to learn about interdisciplinary approaches to complex policy issues with a leading migration scholar. This masterclass will be especially beneficial to those working on any aspect of migration and/ or development issues.

The masterclass is supported by the Noble Foundation and is part of the ‘Modern Poland’ project, which is a collaboration between leading scholars from the Migration Research Group at the University of Sheffield and the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw.

There are limited spaces, so early registration is advised.

You can register for the event here.


Objectives of the Master Class:

  • To use the theme of migration and development to showcase the interdisciplinary and complex policy areas;
  • To link migration with wider social issues;
  • To learn how to form interdisciplinary and mixed-method approaches to policy challenges, including collaborations both on the science and the policy sides, as well as across this divide;
  • To exemplify the benefits of mixed-method approaches in order to understand how to manage knowledge for policy and how to deal with knowledge overload.



Professor Izabela Grabowska is a Sociologist and Economist who is the International Research Coordinator at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw and is a Professor and the Head of the Youth Research Centre at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is Deputy Chair of IMISCOE Research Network Board of Directors and a member of IMISCOE Executive Board, and is a national expert of the European Commission in ESCO (Classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations).

She currently leads the project on Peer-groups and migration at the Youth Research Centre of SWPS University.

See more at www.izabelagrabowska.com


Registration via Eventbrite here.



Research Seminar: Migration and Household Informal Activity with Professor Ira N. Gang


Tuesday 6th March 2018, 12.30pm – 2pm

Sheffield University Management School, Conduit Road, Sheffield, S10 1FL

This research seminar is hosted by the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC) at Sheffield University Management School in association with the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) and the Migration Research Group (MRG) at the University of Sheffield.


Professor Ira N. Gang is a Professor of Economics at Rutgers University, USA.  He published papers on development, migration and public policy, public choice, political economy and labor economics in leading economics journals.  He was one of the founding editors of the Review of Development Economics, and is an Associate Editor/Editorial Board member of several journals, including the Journal of Population Economics.  He is a Research Fellow at RWI, IZA, GLO, CReAM, and IOS.


We study the link between temporary international migration and informal economic activity in the home country using household level panel data from the world’s most remittance dependent country, Tajikistan. Our interest is in whether migration and remittances are a substitute for informal sector activity or a complement. Grounded in a long discussion in development economics about what features are captured and missed in survey data when one uses expenditure versus when using income, our measure of household informal activity is the gap between household reported income and reported expenditure. As with all surveys there are bound to be recollection issues but we argue that a large gap between reported expenditures and reported incomes suggests the presence of informal income. Our findings show that households with migrants exhibit significantly lower excess expenditure over income, our measure of informal sector activity, than non-migrant households. This holds, in particular, for remittance-receiving households. Households with current migrants and households with several migrants have significantly lower informal activity than non-migrant households or households.


  • 12.30 – 13.00 A light lunch will be served in the Courtyard Cafe (soft seating area)
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Seminar with Q&A in Meeting Room 3


You can register for the event here.



MRG workshops

Migration Research @ Sheffield hosts approximately three or four workshops across the Faculty of Social Sciences throughout each academic year. The workshops will gather researchers and experts on migration, refugee and citizenship studies across a wide range of disciplines. A call for funding proposals for the academic year of 2017/18 will be distributed in October or November of 2017.