Bridget Anderson Research Affiliate & Former Staff

Bridget Anderson was Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Research Director at COMPAS between 2003-2017.

She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She co-edited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Bridget explored the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. Her interest in labour demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as on migrants. Bridget has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

Challenges and achievements of thirty years of migrant domestic workers organising


The Invasive Other

34th Social Research Conference April 20 – 21, 2016 (Session / Q&A no. 1)

Us and Them? Bridget Anderson Interview on Migrants and Nation-States

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (follow link to listen, download or read the transcript) recorded an interview with Bridget on migrants and nation states.  She argues that underlying people’s economic fears about migrants taking their jobs are much deeper anxieties about nationality, culture, and race. The nation-state is simply not working for a lot of humanity, and we need to come up with new ways of thinking about political communities.

Insiders and Outsiders

Bridget Anderson explains how barriers towards non-EU citizens also affect EU citizens:


The World Today with Tariq Ali – Immigration Hysteria


TEDxEastEnd talk – Imagining a world without borders


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A need for migrant labour? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy

Bridget Anderson and Martin Ruhs | October 2007 – October 2009

Balancing Citizenship of Insiders and Outsiders

Bridget Anderson and Sarah Walker | September 2013 – April 2017

Begging, Work and Citizenship

Bridget Anderson, Jonathan Price and Sarah Walker | May 2015 - April 2016

Changing status, changing lives? The socio-economic impact of EU Enlargement on low wage migrant labour in the UK

Bridget Anderson, Martin Ruhs and Sarah Spencer | March 2004 – May 2005

Early Legal Advice for Protection Applicants

Bridget Anderson | September 2012 – June 2014

Exploring Migration: Research and Drama in Schools

Bridget Anderson, Vanessa Hughes and Ida Persson | October 2014 – September 2015

Forced Labour and Immigration in the UK

Bridget Anderson | February 2004 – November 2004

Messaging Mobility: Exploring and Creating New Narratives About Migration and Human Movement in a Changing World

Bridget Anderson, Emma Newcombe, Scott Blinder and William Allen | May 2017 - May 2019

Migrant workers and vulnerable employment: a review of existing data

Bridget Anderson and Hiranthi Jayaweera | February 2008 – July 2008

Recession, Vulnerable Workers and Immigration

Ali Rogers and Bridget Anderson | January 2009 – April 2009

The employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers in South East Asia

Bridget Anderson and Emma Newcombe | August 2015 - June 2016

The ethics and politics of the refugee crisis

Bridget Anderson and Emma Newcombe | May 2016- Mar 2017

The Market for Migrant Domestic and Sex Workers

Bridget Anderson | July 2002 – December 2006

The role of Migrant Health and Social Care Workers in Ageing Societies

Sarah Spencer, Alessio Cangiano, Isabel Shutes, Vanessa Hughes and Bridget Anderson | 2007 - 2009

Urbanization from Below

Bridget Anderson | 2013 – 2016

Who Cares? Researching and Meeting the Needs of Migrant Care Workers

Bridget Anderson | June 2007 – September 2009