Members of the MRU
Co-Directors of the MRU
- Professor John Salt, Professor Emeritus in Geography
John specialises in international migration in Europe and the United Kingdom and his major fields of interest are highly skilled migration, and human smuggling and trafficking.
- Dr. Claire Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Geography
Claire specialises in transnationalism and diaspora identities. Recent work on the Leverhulme Programme has focused on questions of integration for Muslims in Britain. New research examines ‘Faith in Suburbia’.
- Dr. Janet Dobson, Honorary Senior Research Associate
Janet specialises in child migration and its implications for the education system, as well as having a wider interest in contemporary international migration in the UK.
- Professor John Eade, Visiting Professor
John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Roehampton University and Executive Director of CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism) at Surrey and Roehampton universities. John joined the MRU as a Visiting Professor at UCL in 2010.
- Dr. JoAnn McGregor, Reader in Geography
JoAnn McGregor specialises in contemporary Africa and recent African diasporas in Britain; her research interests are in conflict and forced migration, borders and transnationalism. Most recently, she has been working on the recent exodus from Zimbabwe, the politics of work and asylum for Zimbabweans in the UK.
- Dr. Alan Latham, Senior Lecturer in Geography
Alan is interested in the ways which certain internationally mobile individuals and groups use globalisation – and the transportation and communication networks that sustain it – to create life-projects that are strung across enormous distances.
- Dr. Charlotte Lemanski, Lecturer in Geography
Charlotte Lemanski is interested in contemporary migration from South Africa to the UK and its influence on identity formation, particularly religious identities in the context of diaspora networks and return migration.
- Dr. Pablo Mateos, Lecturer in Geography
Pablo focuses on investigating new ontologies and geographic visualisations of ethnicity, migration and mobility. His recent work has focused on residential segregation, categorisations of ethnicity, the geography of names, and the spatial analysis of populations and neighbourhoods in the UK, Spain, US and Mexico.
- Dr. Ben Page, Reader in Geography
Ben working on the relationship between migration and international development, particularly in relation to African home associations both in Africa and in the international diaspora.
- Victoria Bauer, Research Officer
Victoria is responsible for statistics reports.
- Dr Adam Dennett
Adam is a postdoctoral researcher working on the development of regional regional (subnational) international migration models
Elizabeth Hingley, Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the MRU (2012)
- Ana Bleahu is working on Roma Pentecostals in rural Spain
- Kimberley Claydon is developing quantitative models of global migration flows and stocks accounting for the most established theories on the causes of international migration. http:
- James Esson is working on ‘From men to boys: football, masculinities and Ghanaian labour migration’
- Frohar Poya Faryabi is working on ‘Honour and shame among Afghan exiles in Britain’
- Pooya Ghoddousi is working on ‘Global nomads or temporary citizens? transnational mobility of 'middling' Iranians’
- Ruth Judge is working on ‘From the council estate to the African Orphanage: the impact of low-income youth’s voluntary encounters overseas on class and race identity’
- Kate Kingsford is working on ‘Women and weddings in Zanzibar: negotiating cosmopolitanism and gender identities’
- Darya Malyutina is working on the ‘Construction of national identity in Russian migrants’ diaspora in London as reflected through consumption of food and drink’
- Gayle Munro is studying the transnational networks of involuntary migrants from the former Yugoslavia.
- Caitlin O’Neil is working on ‘Coming of age in the United States, Becoming Mexican(-American): A study of how young Mexican women engage with ideas of womanhood, family and ‘Mexicanness’ in San Diego, California’
- Cinzia Polese is studying asylum policy in Italy and the United Kingdom.
- Samina Raman is working on: ‘Marriage, identity and young British South Asian Muslim Women’
- Nadia Robb is studying migration experiences of Romanians in Britain.
- Hussein Samater is studying diaspora and development: the case of Somaliland.
- Abdifatah Tahrir is working on ‘Somalis in Kenya and the making of urban space in Eastleigh, Nairobi’
- Jasper Tjaden is working on ‘Migrant Integration and Public Opinion – non-European migrant population’s opinion towards citizenship test policy in Germany, Spain and the UK’
Recently Completed PhD Students
Dr Lauren Wagner 2011 ‘Transnational identities of second generation Moroccans in France and UK’
Dr Ben Lampert 2010 Diaspora and Development? Nigerian organisations in London and the transnational politics of obligation and belonging
Dr Lia Schimada 2010 'Transforming Earth and Fire: New narratives of identity and place in the Northern Ireland peace process'
Dr Violetta Parutis 2008 ‘Lithuanian and Polish migrants in London’
Dr Elaine Ho 2007 ‘Singaporean skilled migrants in London’
Magali Moreau '"Cutting the heart of Tanzania?" Refugees, livelihoods and resources: a political ecology of Mtabila camp, Tanzania.
- Professor Paul Compton, Honorary Research Fellow
Paul specialises in European demography and international migration in Hungary.
- Dr. Paul Densham, Reader in Geography
Paul specialises in Geographical Information Systems.
- Dr. Dominic Pasura, Former-ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dominic completed a ESRC Postdoctoral fellowship on 'Religious Transnationalism: The Case of Zimbabwean Catholics in Britain'.
- Professor Peter Wood, Professor Emeritus in Geography
Peter specialises in the internationalisation of expert labour.
- Daniel Conway
- Lia Shimada
"Learning & Development Officer" for the Methodist Church of Great Britain