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Policy, Politics and Research on Migration: A Critical Discussion

Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

What is the relation between migration research, policy and politics? Is there a role for academics in policy making? Is academic research on migration political, or should it stay away from politics? These are the questions we will be thinking through with our panel, including both academics and practitioners in the field of migration politics and policy.

We will have Don Flynn speaking about whether academic research helps the defence of migrants’ rights; Leah Bassel on why researchers should learn to listen; and Ann Singleton on whether research can improve policy. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.



Don Flynn has worked in migrant rights since providing legal advice at a community law centre in the 1970s. He helped found and was director of the Migrants’ Rights Network and has been a trustee and steering group member of several migrant organisations since.

Leah Bassel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton. Her research interests include the political sociology of migration, intersectionality and citizenship, themes which she has explored in England, Scotland, France and Canada.

Ann Singleton: is a Senior Research Fellow in the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, and has worked in at the interface of migration research, policy and activism for 30 years.


Bridget Anderson, MMB Director and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship at the University of Bristol.


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Tuesday 15 June 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm