'The mission of COMPAS is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration.’

The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), core funded by the Economic and Social Research Council is geared to deepen the understanding of this relationship.

Research by Theme

COMPAS' 2012-2019 research programme is grouped around five inter-related thematic clusters, addressing elements of the migration process:

  • Flows and Dynamics - exploring global migration flows and the dynamics that drive, facilitate and inhibit migration

  • Labour markets - analysing the socio-economics of international labour migration, particularly the economics and politics of labour shortages and demand

  • Citizenship and Belonging - addressing the relationship between mobility, citizenship and the numerous ways in which people ‘belong’

  • Urban Change and settlement - challenging assumptions around movement and settlement patterns, investigating emergent urbanisms and processes of integration

  • Welfare  - addressing the relationship between migration and welfare provision in ‘receiving’ and ‘sending’ countries

More on COMPAS' Research Programme

The Global Exchange

The Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity is an ambitious new initiative at COMPAS, opening up opportunities for knowledge exchange and longer term collaboration between those working in the migration field. This programme of work extends and deepens COMPAS’s international contribution to the reciprocal sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience on migration and diversity issues among academics, policy makers, service professionals, civil society, lawyers, foundations, school students and others in the field. 

Gender and Migration Blog Series

COMPAS is collaborating with Border Criminologies to produce a special blog series on "Gender and Migration". Blogs will be posted every Friday until the end of June, on both the COMPAS blog and the Border Criminologies blog.  

Scholarship on migration suggests that women's and men's experiences of mobility diverge in important ways and that we must not only look at gender as a constitutive element of immigration but also examine the ways in which immigration and citizenship policies are constitutive of gendered and heteronormative relations. This blog series fleshes out our understanding of the relationship between gender and migration and hopes to help us reflect on the role gender plays in the causes and consequences of migration and how migration policy and scholarship is itself deeply gendered. 

This series seeks to contribute to an expanding body of literature through the exploration of a breadth of issues as well as promote a dialogue between scholars in the field.

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