MRG Workshops

Migration Research at the University of Sheffield is co-funding three workshops across the Faculty of Social Sciences during the academic year of 2016/17. This section features the topics, speakers and registration details to each event.

‘Belonging in a post-Brexit-vote Britain: researching race, ethnicity and migration in a changing landscape’

Date: Tuesday 9 May, 2017.
Place: Elmfield Building, University of Sheffield

Hosted by the Department of Sociological Studies (and funded by the Migration Research at Sheffield Group and the British Sociological Association), this event seeks to bring together early career and established academics, to share knowledge and experiences in the unique research environment resulting from the UK electorate’s decision to leave the EU. According to the UN, campaigns advocating a leave vote presented a ‘divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric’ (Stone, 2016) and in the three weeks following the vote there was a 20% increase in reported race related hate crime in the UK (BBC, 2016). As Brexit campaigners stated that leaving the EU would make ‘Britain Great Again’, anti-migrant and xenophobic narratives conflated, implying that migration threatens Britishness. Sociologically, in this context, the boundary between historically distinct fields (migration research and race and ethnicity research) becomes blurred. This event provides a timely opportunity to examine the interface between these fields and consider directions for future research.

Plenary speakers:
Professor Sarah Neal, The University of Sheffield
Dr Jon Fox, University of Bristol
Professor Louise Ryan, The University of Sheffield
Dr Hannah Lewis, The University of Sheffield

Register for the conference using the following link (by April 28th)

Download the programme here and the conference abstracts here.

More information here.

- Call for papers is now closed -

Event organisers: Dr Julie Walsh, Dr Will Mason, Professor Louise Ryan, Dr Marcia Vera-Espinoza and Dr Iryna Kushnir.


Environmental Displacement in 2017 – Current Protection Challenges

Date: Friday 16 June 2017, University of Sheffield

Environmental displacement is a topic of growing concern, and one which will have a lasting detrimental impact on many areas of the world. This interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Sheffield aims to gather together researchers and practitioners in this area to engage in an intimate dialogue on issues such as migration as adaptation, wider human rights protection, the role of the UNFCCC framework for environmental displacement and migration, ethical considerations, and priority areas for future policy development and further research.

To create a friendly, informal atmosphere, the workshop will be deliberately small in size. Six junior researchers will be invited to present their research on this area. In the spirit of contributing to future research outputs, only works in progress will be accepted for presentation. Professor Walter Kälin (University of Bern), Dr David Cantor (Refugee Law Initiative), and Dr Ilan Kelman (University College London) will comment on participants’ papers and will also participate in a roundtable discussion at the end of the workshop.

Papers will be circulated in advance so that the chairs and workshop participants will be able to contribute to a more fruitful discussion. There will also opportunities for informal discussion over coffee, lunch, networking drinks, and dinner. Thus the workshop will allow early career researchers to showcase their research, gain feedback from their peers and the wider academic community, develop networks, and identify opportunities for future collaboration.

The workshop is generously funded by the Migration Research Group, University of Sheffield; and the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law.

Organisers: Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne and Thekli Anastasiou

Download the draft Programme of the Workshop here.



Academic mobility and migration in the Brexit era

Dates: 20 and 21 June 2017, University of Sheffield

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education in the School of Education is pleased to announce that it is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop on the theme of Academic Mobility and Migration in the Brexit Era, in collaboration with Migration Research at the University of Sheffield (MR@S).

The two-day workshop to be held on the 20th and 21st of June 2017 in Sheffield will provide a valuable opportunity for higher education and migration researchers to initiate a much-needed dialogue by critically examining the complex challenges to academic mobility and migration posed by Brexit. Brain circulation is a key part of higher education’s relationship with contemporary networked knowledge societies. Following the Brexit vote, however, UK HEIs face a set of unprecedented circumstances. The outcome of the referendum introduces a new and uncertain situation for intra-EU academic mobility and global academic migration. Achieving greater insight into these challenges will be of value to the development of national policy on high-skilled migration, research funding, higher education and university governance. Conceptually, the workshop aims to open up new, fruitful perspectives on research into global academic careers by examining contemporary and historical aspects of knowledge circulation in higher education, viewed as part of a global science and innovation system.

For additional information please email Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba ( and Dr Heather Ellis (


Previous workshops

MRG Workshops 2015/2016