Postgraduate Conference


3rd Postgraduate Conference on Migration

“Understanding Migration: States of (Un)Belonging”

Thursday 15th June 2017

The 3rd Annual Postgraduate Conference on Migration at the University of Sheffield gathered more than 60 postgraduate students and early career researchers last June 15th, 2017. The third version of the Conference consolidated the annual event as a vibrant forum where to share interdisciplinary research on migration produced in and about different parts of the world. The discussions that emerged from 26 presentations across eight parallel panels, showcased a wide range of disciplines, methodologies and theoretical approaches. All of them contributed to explore this year’s conference theme: ‘Understanding Migration: States of (Un)Belonging’. One of the common ideas that emerged from the presentations was the need of intersectional understandings of migration, considering different actors and levels of analysis, including from structures of governance to migrants and refugees lived-experiences.

The conference allowed researchers to engage in discussions regarding migration research, past, present, and future agendas, integration, representation of migrants and the evolution of migration policies. All the panels were chaired by academic and PhD researchers from the University of Sheffield. The full programme of the Conference is available here.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Keynote Lecture. We were delighted to host Dr Nando Sigona, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute of Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, as the conference’s keynote speaker. Dr Sigona discussed findings of two research projects and implications for citizenship in his talk entitled: ‘Within and beyond citizenship: status, rights and belonging’. The keynote lecture was chaired by Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza.You can watch the keynote address here:

The conference finalised with the Migration Research at Sheffield Annual Lecture, delivered by Roger Casale, founder of New Europeans, a civil rights organisation which champions freedom of movement, non-discrimination and the principle of solidarity in Europe. The lecture was chaired by Professor Louise Ryan. Dr Majella Kilkey provided the closing remarks of the Conference.

The conference was possible thanks to the financial support of the the Sheffield Migration Research Group, Department of Geography, The Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), The Department of Politics, The Department of Sociological Studies, The Sheffield Centre for Law and Society, and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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

We are looking forward to welcoming you again next year!

Thekli, Marcia, Katy, Laura, Sarah, Rebecca and Esteban

Pictures of the 2017 Conference are available here.


Conference organisers:
Thekli Anastasiou (Law), Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza (Politics), Laura Foley (Politics), Sarah Linn (Urban Studies and Planning), Katy Stewart (Languages), Esteban Sanchez Botero (Languages), and Rebecca Murray (Geography).

If you are interested in getting involved in the organisation of the 2018 PGR MRG conference, please contact us at


Conference venues:

Conference Venue, Keynote Lecture and Annual Lecture Lecture Theatre 5, 6 and 7. Address: The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road Sheffield S3 7RD
Registration, tea and coffee breaks and lunch break. ICOSS Foyer. Address: 219 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP


Conference 2016: Check here the report of the 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference 2016.

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