Participatory Action Research in Migration Participatory Action Research in Migration

This interdisciplinary research group was founded in November 2015 and is designed primarily to facilitate participatory action research in topics related to international migration.

The group involves academics from across the university who work on migration-related issues in a variety of disciplines, and key community participants who work in areas affected by migration or who offer services to migrants in East Anglia. The purpose of the group is to facilitate collaborations between community practitioners who have identified areas in which further research is necessary and academic researchers who have access to analytical research tools. The group aims to produce high quality interdisciplinary research in migration studies that can tangibly benefit the local community and beyond.

The Migration Research Network involves researchers from Economics; Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies; Law; Education; Health Sciences; the Norwich Medical School; and Development Studies.

Upcoming and recent events involving members of the Migration Research Network:

Cross-Institutional PhD Colloquium on Migration Research (17-18th June)

09 October 2019  / Guest talk ‘ Mexico’s Transformation in the Shadow of Trump’s America– (PPL)

26 November 2019 / World Access to Higher Education Day events 

Autumn 2019 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series in the Humanities (PPL – organiser Dr Alex Brown)

Current community participants include Bridge Plus, New Routes Integration, The Grange, the Red Cross, the Norwich International Youth Project, the Norfolk Community Law Service, City Reach Health Services, Access, GyrosNorwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Constabulary.

If you are a community practitioner or an academic who is interested in pursuing research collaborations in this area, please do get in touch by e-mailing us at . Alternatively, please browse the biographies below for details of the relevant areas of expertise and related contact details of UEA researchers in the network.

Academic Participants

Maria AbranchesDr Maria Abranches is lecturer in social anthropology at the School of International Development in UEA. She is interested in migration from the perspective of an ‘anthropology of experience’, focusing on the everyday lives and embodied practice and performance amongst migrants and between them and those they relate to, and in trying to understand, through a grounded, ethnographically oriented approach to migration and transnationalism, how global processes are connected with local experience. In particular, her research is concerned with food-related practices of production, consumption and exchange amongst transnational families - seeing food both as a vehicle for understanding those connections, and as an object of material culture that help people make sense of their world. She has conducted research in Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Angola, and worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue in Lisbon. Currently she is researching on internal migration and return, urban-rural livelihoods, and agriculture in post-war Angola, and interested in developing more work on the material representation of migrants’ subjective experiences, through a theoretical understanding of reality and meaning as necessarily articulated in people’s lives.

Dr Zografia Bika is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK where she currently leads the academic evaluation of a major new £8.6 million EU project (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) that aims to boost enterprise training and job opportunities for thousands of social housing residents in England and France. Under the influence of economic sociology, her research has helped to change the evaluation lens of in-migrant entrepreneurship in rural areas and disturb the assumption of a ‘two tier’ rural society made up of old local and new disembedded inhabitants. She has published in various journals including Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, European Management Review and Environment and Planning A. Her family business research was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and won the Best Paper Award at the 2018 Academy of Management Conference, Entrepreneurship Division.

Dr Mike Brock is a lecturer in microeconomics based at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  Mike teaches a range of specialist subject disciplines, including  labour economics, behavioural economics and the economics of the environment.  His research interests span these fields, with a major focus seeking to understand the value people derive from being part of a local community and social interactions associated with this.  With specific relation to migration, Mike is intrigued by how, why and to what extent migrants feel capable to engage and integrate into the regions they move into and how attitudes and perspectives of migrants and native residents within an area evolve and adapt over time.

Dr Katherine Cooper is Senior Research Associate in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, where she is working with Professor Rachel Potter on an AHRC-funded project on the history of writers’ organisations and free expression. Her own work looks at intersections between ideas of war, nation and Europe in the mid-century, with particular emphasis on women’s writing, refugees and ideas of literary culture. Her interest in migration and refugees stems from her work on the novelist Margaret Storm Jameson and the work done during World War Two by PEN International with refugees.  She is currently working on a monograph which explores how British writers such as Rebecca West, H.G. Wells, J.B. Priestley and E.M. Forster worked together and with PEN to help European refugee writers during World War Two, analysing how these activities were motivated by shared desires to save Europe, or a certain idealised view of it.

Joanna Drugan is Professor of Translation in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has published widely on translation and communication across languages, and works with a range of non-academic partners on communication, health and security aspects of migration. She currently leads the ESRC/AHRC-funded Transnational Organised Crime and Translation research project, and is particularly interested in the linguistic challenges associated with migration and demand for translation and interpreting..

Dr Lilianne HardingDr Liliana Harding’s main research interest lies in the economics of migration. Her recent work has simulated the dynamics of unemployment in an open economy with immigration, and questioned the contribution of foreign workers to tax revenues in a cross-country context. She has previously researched the way in which gradual liberalisation of labour mobility induces the redistribution of workers across EU destinations, and she has sought to establish a link between international student mobility and labour market prospects. She is currently exploring specific factors making urban economies more attractive to skilled and creative workers. 

Dr Alexandria InnesDr Alexandria Innes is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has published on the politics of asylum in Europe and the security aspects of migration towards Europe, including work in Security Dialogue, International Relations, Global Society, Geopolitics and Journal of Contemporary European Studies. Her research uses ethnographic, narrative and discursive methods and she is particularly interested in the lived experience of migration towards Europe. Alexandria is the author of Migration, Citizenship and the Challenge for Security: An ethnographic approach (London: Palgrave, 2015).

Dr Hazel MarshDr Hazel Marsh is a Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has researched, and published on, popular music and the Mexican student movement, Venezuelan cultural policy in the Chávez period, popular music and Chavismo, resistance music in Oaxaca, Mexico, and representations of British Gypsies. Hazel is the author of Hugo Chávez, Alí Primera and Venezuela: The Politics of Music in Latin America (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is on the executive committee of the Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers (ACERT), and is an associated member of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies. Hazel is particularly interested in migration and internal displacement in Latin America and amongst Gypsy/Roma/Traveller groups. 

Dr Andreas MusolffDr Andreas Musolff is Professor of Intercultural Communication in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.  He has published articles on public debates about migration and racism, e.g. in the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict and the Journal of Language and Politics, using methods of Cognitive Linguistics, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics. He is the author of Metaphor, Nation and the Holocaust. The Concept of the Body Politic (London/New York: Routledge, 2015).

Dr Sophie NorthDr Sophie North is a Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Sophie left work in clinical medicine in 2011 to co-set up and direct a project in West Norfolk supporting refugees, asylum seekers and those who have experienced torture. Sophie continues to be involved in this project whilst also working as a lecturer and facilitator in Health Sciences. Sophie has recently been part of a team at the University who organised an exciting national conference exploring the health needs of forced migrants.

Dr Gabrina PoundsDr Gabrina Pounds is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.  Her research interests include subjectivity and emotion in news discourse and expression of empathy and person-centeredness in professional contexts (health consultations and investigative interviews). She has published on these topics in established peer-reviewed journals, including Applied Linguistics, Text and Talk, Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice and Communication and Medicine. Main methodological approaches include text-based discourse and pragmatic analysis.

Camilla Schofield

Camilla Schofield is a Senior Lecturer in Race and Empire in the School of History. She specialises in the study of postcolonial migration to Britain during the era of decolonization. Her first book focused on Enoch Powell and the political movement against black migration that he inspired. She is now working on a social history of the post-war ‘race relations project’ in Britain – or state and third sector efforts to manage and ameliorate widespread racial discrimination in British society through social work, urban planning programmes and equality legislation. She is broadly interested in political and cultural responses to migration into Britain and how these responses relate in complex ways to changing understandings of the market order and economic rights. She is interested in connecting with community practitioners concerned with the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in East Anglia as well as those working to support legal access for migrants and refugees. 

Dr Andrea StocklDr Andrea Stöckl is a lecturer in medical sociology in the Norwich Medical School. She is a social anthropologist by training and has done research and consultancies on the health care needs of migrants and refugees. Andrea is co-author on several papers in medical education on the question of empathy and on resilience in medical education. Andrea is also an expert on gender and health and specialises in cultural techniques of regulating sexuality and procreation, such as FGM and, together with a student, social egg freezing. She supervised several student’s project in this area and is currently developing suggestions for improving the medical curriculum with regard to migrant’s health and is also looking into funding for research on complex health needs. 

Dr Becky TaylorDr Becky Taylor is Reader in Modern History in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. She specialises in the relationship between minorities, wider society and the state.  With expertise and direct experience working with Britain’s Gypsy Traveller populations, refugees, (undocumented) migrant workers and the marginalised working class living in social housing her work provides historical context for a wider range of contemporary issues, and actively seeks to inform the work of policy makers and third sector workers. She is currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press called Refugees and the Making of Twentieth-Century Britain, and is also the author of Another Darkness, Another Dawn: A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (London, 2014); A Minority and the State: Travellers to Britain in the Twentieth Century (Manchester, 2008, 2013);and Moving Histories of Class and Community: Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England (Basingstoke, 2009, 2011) (with Ben Rogaly).

Dr Mark TebbothDr Mark Tebboth is a Senior Research Associate at UEA’s School of International Development currently working on a large, multi-partner research project exploring the impact of environmental change in semi-arid regions of the world (mainly in Africa and India). Prior to his current position, Mark was reading for an interdisciplinary PhD that explored the impact of environmental change on rural to urban migration in China. Specifically, the research examined how migration was used as response and adaptation strategy to climate change and the impacts this had on the wellbeing and resilience of rural communities. Mark’s main research interests revolve around the issue of migration and include its causes, how and under what circumstances it is utilised, the perception of migration by different actors and the impact of migration on both sending and receiving communities.

Dr Ulrike Theuerkauf 

Ulrike is a Political Scientist specialising in the effects of formal and informal institutions on patterns of political violence, with a main focus on the risk of ethnic civil war. She recently has been involved in a research project and related public engagement events in Norwich and Great Yarmouth on the interplay of realities and perceptions of migration, inequalities, austerity and political attitudes in the UK.

Ulrike obtained her PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2012, having previously completed her first Masters degree (Magister Artium) in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in 2005, and her second Masters degree (Master of Research) in Political Science at the LSE in 2006. She has held academic positions in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations Theory at the LMU, the University of Warwick and the LSE. Before joining DEV in January 2015, she had been working as Fellow in Government at the LSE from 2011 to 2014.

Dr Graciela Zevallos-Porles

Graciela completed her PhD studies in Economics while teaching in the School of Economics and in the School of International Development at University of East Anglia. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia. Her research interests span behavioural and experimental economics; labour markets in industrialized countries; game theory; development economics; applied econometrics; and applied statistics.