Established in 1961, the University of Sussex produces research recognised as world leading and internationally excellent. In the 2017-18 Times Higher World University Rankings, Sussex was placed 18th in the UK and 147th in the world. Development Studies at Sussex has once again been ranked no.1 in the world, in the 2019 QS world rankings. Subjects in the School of Global Studies, where several of the consortium members are based, are among the top 100. Sussex has a dynamic and thriving research culture with strengths across the social sciences, life sciences, and medicine with a focus on interdisciplinary research. It currently has over 14,000 students and 2,100 staff from all over the world. All Sussex participants are members of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR, http://www.sussex.ac.uk/migration/). SCMR was one of the first centres on migration in the UK, and it builds on a longstanding reputation for original theoretically driven empirical research in the field of migration and ethnic relations.
Roles/tasks in the project
SCMR contributes its expertise in the field of asylum and refugee law, geography, sociology and social anthropology to the TRAFIG consortium and leads the project’s investigations into the governing structures of displacement. The University of Sussex will lead WP 3, ensuring that milestones are reached and that all deliverables are produced on time in this WP. The University of Sussex is also responsible for participating in WPs 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8.
Team members involved in the project
Professor Dr Nuno Ferreira
Nuno Ferreira is a Professor of Law. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Nuno did his undergraduate law studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Bologna (Italy), is a member of the Portuguese Bar and carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen. Nuno uses socio-legal, comparative, empirical and policy-oriented perspectives in his work. Nuno Ferreira is a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant recipient and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.
Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
Meike Fechter is a Reader in Social Anthropology. Her research focuses on how processes of migration transform, and are shaped by, human actors. She explores the opportunities and challenges that arise from interstitial spaces between places and cultures, what they make visible about global inequalities and power differentials, and the ethics of interventions. Her latest project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is concerned with 'Citizen Aid'. These are small-scale initiatives operating on the margins of the established aid sector, raising questions of new forms of peer-to-peer support and solidarity. She has published widely on aid workers, ethics and morality, and forms of privileged migration.
Dr Pamela Kea
Pamela Kea is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology. She has a BA in French literature from Smith College, an MSc in Social Anthropology from University College London and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has extensive research experience in migration, transnationalism, asylum claimants, gender, children / youth, the household moral economy, West Africa, the African diaspora, and visual culture. Her current research project focuses on return migrants to West Africa, social change and transnational practices (funded by the Sussex Research Development Fund).
Professor Dr Russell King
Russell King has been Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex since 1993; prior to that he was Professor of Geography and Head of Department at Trinity College Dublin, 1986-93, and Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leicester 1971-86. He has wide-ranging interests in all forms of migration and mobility. At Sussex, he was the founder-director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, and he edited the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies from 2000 until 2012. Amongst his many visiting appointments, he was the Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Migration Studies at Malmo University, 2012-13.
Dr Laura Morosanu
Laura Morosanu is a Lecturer in Sociology and co-convenor of the ‘Ethnicity, Race, and Diverse Societies’ research network at the University of Sussex. Her main research interests are in the areas of migration and ethnicity, with a focus on migrants’ social relationships and socialisation practices. Between 2015-2018, she was co-investigator of the Sussex team working on the Horizon 2020 project 'Youth mobility: Maximising opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in the EU' (YMOBILITY). Prior to this, Laura was involved in an ESRC project on East European migrant workers in the UK, led by Professor Jon Fox, University of Bristol.