Seminar Series Michaelmas

Thursdays 14.00 - 15.30
Seminar Room, Pauling Centre,  58a Banbury Road, Oxford

Wellbeing and Migration in the UK

Convened by: Caroline Oliver and Madeleine Sumption

Notions of wellbeing, quality of life and human development have increasingly gained prominence in the social sciences in the recognition that standard economic measures are unable to adequately capture many important dimensions of life. In migration studies, however, the concept of wellbeing has not been fully integrated. Focussing on a more holistic and comprehensive understanding of migrant personhood, this seminar series aims to explores the potential of the concept of wellbeing for migration studies. It looks at migrants’ individual wellbeing and interactions with societal wellbeing in a range of settings across the life course. Papers will explore the impacts of family migration histories, gender, changing immigration policies, migrant incorporation within state institutions and access to benefits and services on migrants’ and societal experiences of care and wellbeing. These will be explored within a diverse range of institutional settings and through different life experiences, including familial separation, end-of-life care and death.  Across the range of papers, debate will consider how wellbeing is affected by receiving countries’ institutions and practices, different family structures and transnational communities from cradle to grave.

15 October
Conceptualizing the inter-generational transmission of human wellbeing from a gender and life course perspective: The case of Latin American migrant mothers and their daughters in London, UK
Katie Wright University of East London

22 October
Intergenerational and inter-ethnic wellbeing of migrants: An analysis for the UK
Cinzia Rienzo National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

29 October
Migration and the health trajectories of immigrants and host country nationals
Osea Giuntella Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

5 November
Beyond the 'asylum-seeking market': Spaces of responsibility and moments of care within the privatisation of asylum accommodation
Jonathan Darling University of Manchester

12 November
The financial requirements in the UK immigration rules: What the Children’s Commissioner’s report tells us and its relevance to the legal challenge
Helena Wray Middlesex University

19 November
Migrants, conditionality and welfare in the UK
Professor Peter Dwyer University of York

26 November
Love and Legality: Questions of wellbeing for irregular male migrants and their citizen partners
Melanie Griffiths University of Bristol

3 December
The time of our lives: Migration and slow pain
Yasmin Gunaratnam Goldsmiths College