Brexit, viral borders and vaccine nationalism

By Michaela Benson (@michaelacbenson) and Nando Sigona (@nandosigona) (Originally published in The Sociological Review) Three weeks into 2021 and the end of the Brexit transition period, and not a day has passed where the borders haven’t made their presence felt in the news cycle. The coincidence of COVID and Brexit has produced a perfect storm,... Continue Reading →

Vulnerable migrants and Covid-19 in the UK and Japan: NODE UK|Japan webinar

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vulnerable-migrants-covid19-in-japan-and-the-uk-900-gmt1800-jst-tickets-138755584689 This jointly organised webinar explores the impact of Covid-19 on migrants with precarious legal status in the UK and Japan. It examines how migration governance in the context of a public health crisis can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and produce new ones, affecting disproportionally migrant communities already at the margin of our societies. Speakers:... Continue Reading →

And we are back! Conversations with Iris #22: Racism in healthcare

Sarah Hamed, dentist and PhD researcher at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University and Dr Suruchi Thapar-Bjorkert, docent and senior researcher at the Department of Government at Uppsala, discuss with Professor Jenny Phillimore (IRiS, University of Birmingham) on findings from an interdisciplinary project looking at understanding racism and healthcare.  They explain how structural racism... Continue Reading →

Mapping Migration Studies

We are pleased to launch a new series of blog posts aimed at providing insights into the key themes, centres of production and geographical foci in migration studies today through an analysis of the coverage of some of the key academic journals in the field. The series is written and researched by the students on... Continue Reading →

IRiS webinar: Environmental Justice, Occupational Risk and Ethnicity

30 November, 1.30-3pm (GMT), Zoom To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/environmental-justice-occupational-risk-and-ethnicity-tickets-128857419009 Co-hosted by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and the Department of Economics, University of Birmingham. Poor air quality in the UK has been estimated to contribute to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year and to reduce the quality of life for those who experience... Continue Reading →

Refugee governance in Turkey: a multi-level governance perspective

In this webinar organised by the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), professors Vivien Lowndes and Rabia Polat present their work on the governance of Syrian refugees in Turkey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkCF7q8Xv6g This research investigates local government responses to the Syrian refugee situation in Turkey, situating the analysis within a multi-level governance (MLG) approach.... Continue Reading →

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