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Who We Are

The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement builds on extensive university-wide research and represents strong institutional engagement with one of the greatest societal challenges of the 21st Century, that of human movement, dispersal, mobility, and migration. Our goal is to create an trans-disciplinary centre of research excellence.

Our Core Team

Dr. Tugba Basaran Dr Tugba Basaran

Executive Director of the Centre

Research on borders, violence, law and liberties.

Yongcan Liu Dr Yongcan Liu

Co-Director of the Centre

Faculty of Education

Community/heritage language education.

Jenny Mander Dr Jenny Mander

Co-Director of the Centre

Department of French, MMLL

Modern language education and teaching publications in early modern Europe.

Mrs Di Kennedy

Research Administrator

Centre administration, website development, social media, events, grant applications and reporting


Our Steering Group

The transdisciplinary nature of our Steering Group illustrates the University's broad commitment to the study of Global Human movement. 

Dr Maria Abreu

Department of Land Economy

Drivers of individual migration decisions; internal migration and local labour markets; migrant entrepreneurship and ethnic enclaves; local communities, integration, and place-based policies.

Prof. Madeleine Arnot Emeritus Professor Madeleine Arnot

Co-Founder of the Centre

Emeritus Professor in Education

Research on the education of refugee and asylum-seeking children in the UK since the mid 1990s

Dr Gemma Burgess

Department of Land Economy

The relationship between housing and ageing, and equality issues more broadly.

Dr Adam Coutts

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Public policy in the Middle East and North Africa; Syrian refugee health crisis and assessing quality of humanitarian responses.
Dr Paolo Campana

Institute of Criminology

Organised crime and forms of extra-legal governance; corporate crime and fraud; trust, reputation and mechanisms of cooperation in illegal settings; human trafficking and smuggling.

Dr Alice Hutchings

Department of Computer Science & Technology

The use of fraudulently obtained airline tickets, and the link to human smuggling and trafficking.

Dr Caroline Lanskey

Lecturer in Applied Criminology
Dr Sabina Maslova

Department of Land Economy

Migrant housing, transnational migration, expatriates, professional migration, housing decision-making, residential mobility, transnational work.

Dr William O'Reilly Dr William O'Reilly

Faculty of History

History of European migration, colonialism and imperialism, and human trafficking.

Prof. Susan Robertson Professor Susan  Robertson

Faculty of Education

Specialises in education trade.

Our Advisory Group

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Chairman of the Centre Advisory Group

Director of the Institute of Criminology and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Processes of criminalisation of women trafficked into the UK and criminal justice system responses