Vanessa Hughes

Vanessa Hughes

Research Officer

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Vanessa Hughes is a part-time Research Officer at COMPAS, primarily working on projects in the Citizenship and Belonging and Welfare Clusters. Her particular interests are in irregular migration, child migration, family migrants and refugees.

She currently works on the IMPACIM project, which looks at the impact of restrictions and entitlements on the integration of family migrants, and supports Sarah Spencer in her OSI Fellowship looking at service provision to irregular migrants across the European Union. At COMPAS she previously worked on the Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK and Migrant Care Workers projects.

Vanessa gained a degree from Durham University in Philosophy and Politics and has recently completed her MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex. She also completed a Summer University course in International Law and has previously been involved in community and charity projects, working with migrants and street children. She is currently also working with the Migrants’ Rights Network to research and write a report on the impacts of the new family migration policies in the UK.


Hughes, V. (2013) 'Narrating 'home''. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Sigona, Nando and Vanessa Hughes, 2012. "No Way Out, No Way In. Irregular migrant children and families in the UK". COMPAS Research Report, University of Oxford, 2012.

Sigona, Nando and Vanessa Hughes. "Being Children and Undocumented in the UK: A Background Paper." Working Paper 10-78, COMPAS, University of Oxford, 2010.