2nd Postgraduate Conference on Migration – 2016


2nd Postgraduate Conference on Migration
“Looking Beyond the Refugee Crisis”

Thursday 9th June 2016 – University of Sheffield

The 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference on Migration at the University of Sheffield was a vibrant forum for sharing research on migration produced on and about different parts of the world. More than 60 postgraduate and early career researchers attended the event, that showcased research of a multidisciplinary group of scholars from more than 20 universities. Presenters engaged in a wide range of discussions around migration, including topics such as migration governance, refugee and migrant integration, gendered experiences of migration and methodologies on migration research, among others. The discussions emerged from 31 presentations across nine parallel panel sessions and four poster presentations. All the panels were chaired by academics from the University of Sheffield. The full programme of the Conference is available here.

Through these different disciplines and diverse case studies, postgraduate and early career researchers contributed to explore and understand this year’s theme: “Looking Beyond the Refugee Crisis”. The aim of the theme was to reflect in the broader sense of the migration crisis that is not only confined to European borders, while at the same recognising the relevance of current events. The theme also aimed to explore other aspects that affect migrants’ live-experiences in different parts of the world as well as migration governance responses across the globe.

One of the most exciting moments of the Conference was the Keynote Lecture. We were thrilled to host Professor Alexander Betts (Director Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford) as the conference’s keynote speaker. Professor Betts culminated the conference with his talk entitled: “The Economic and Political lives of Refugees”. You can watch the keynote address, which also formed the Migration Research at Sheffield Annual Lecture, here:

Professor Betts’ talk was chaired by Professor Andrew Geddes (Politics, University of Sheffield and the closing remarks of the Conference were provided by Dr Majella Kilkey (Sociology, University of Sheffield).

Following the success of the 2015 conference, this year’s conference showcased a dynamic community of young researchers critically and insightfully engaged in understanding migration in its diverse forms and categories. The conference created a supportive environment to discuss research findings and foster collaboration.

The conference was possible thanks to the financial support of the Sheffield Migration Research Network, the Faculty of Social Sciences, The Institute for International Development (SIID) and the Department of Geography. Thanks to their contributions we were able to grant 11 small travel bursaries to presenters and have the support of three undergraduate students that helped to run the event during the day. The Department of History contributed the venue.

You can check the discussions we had that day by following us on twitter @SheffieldMRG and checking our hashtag #migrationsheffield (Storify below).

We are looking forward to welcoming you again next year!

Marcia, Michaela, Becky, Thekli and David


Conference organisers
Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza (Politics), Michaela Bruckmayer (Politics), Rebecca Murray (Geography), David Holland (History) and Thekli Anastasiou (Law).


The pictures of the Conference are available here
Check here the guest blog posts by Meghan Casey and Somita Sabeti about their experience at the Conference.  

If you are interested in getting involved in the organisation of the 2017 PGR conference, please contact us at migrationresearch@sheffield.ac.uk.


Storify of the day


Conference venues:

Conference Venue Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY
Keynote Venue Lecture Theatre 6
The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road Sheffield S3 7RD
Wine reception ICOSS Foyer
219 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP
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