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Projects that involve the University of Cambridge

Architectural Research & Design Projects for Yezedi Sharya IDP Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan

This is a two-fold initiative which includes:

1) On-site research, literature review and interviews with Sharya Camp residents and write-up, and

2) Design work and related research with indigenous architectural engineering students (aimed at ‘empowering locals’) for Yezedi Sharya IDP Camp with camp manager, Mr Hekari, serving as ‘client’ representative.

More details here


EU Migrant Worker

The EU Migrant Worker Project has been exploring the experiences of people who come to work in the UK from other EU Member States.

Their aim has been to gather robust empirical evidence about EU migrants' experiences of finding work and being in employment in the UK, as well as exploring EU migrant workers’ use of social security, particularly in situations where work cannot be found or where pay is sufficiently low that it needs to be supplemented.

By combining this insight with knowledge about the law in this field, we hope to shed new light on the big question of how we adequately regulate migration within a socio-economically diverse EU and a post-financial crisis context. We hope that this research project will help to inform public debate as we reconceive and renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU.

Music, Migration and Social Integration: Perspectives from the North African Diaspora in Europe

How might music move with patterns of migration? What role does music play in the maintenance of transnational identities and the forging of new social relations in the diaspora?

Music acts as a ‘social glue’ that can bring together diverse communities, both through grassroots human interactions and social media platforms. It can function as a form of nostalgia for the homeland and as a way of connecting communities across transnational contexts. Music can also operate as a mode of social integration, where musicians from different cultural backgrounds come into contact forging new cultural forms. In this panel, we will explore what happens when music and musicians migrate to new places of belonging, drawing on case studies from the North African diaspora in Europe. At a time of rising nationalism and anti-immigration rhetoric, we explore music’s role in debates about belonging, multiculturalism and integration.

Report: Refugee Access to Early Childhood Education and Care in the UK

This report written by Monica Poulter (Teacher Development Manager at Cambridge Assessment English), Dr Brechtje Post and Prof. Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, forms part of an Erasmus project involving educationalists in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium and Norway. The overall objective of the project is to enhance the quality of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) for preschool refugee children by providing tools to educators, child-care professionals and policy makers. Link to the Cambridge Language Sciences page here

Download the report here


More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx.

The so-called refugee crisis has created deep divisions and policy incoherence in the EU among member states. The crisis foregrounded the vulnerability of European borders, the tenuous jurisdiction of the Schengen system and broad problems with multi-level governance  of  migration  and  integration. One of the most visible impacts of the refugee crisis has been the polarization of politics in EU Member States and intra-Member State policy (in)coherence in responding to the crisis. 

The recently granted Horizon 2020 project RESPOND will study the multilevel governance of migration in 11 countries.

The successful Oct 2019 RESPOND Conference held in Newnham College, welcomed 175 participants to Newnham College. Blog report here:


R4HC-MENA’s objective is to build research and policy capacity in conflict affected areas, focusing on health, political economy of health, and complex non-communicable diseases such as mental health and cancer, and facilitate more effective translation of research into policy.

Their legacy will be a new, networked community with practice, policy and health systems financing and planning informed by the best available evidence.

Shelter Design Project: Healthy Housing for the Displaced

The Shelter Design Project's vision is to transform the lives of displaced people encamped in extreme conditions through an engineered solution to housing that promotes a new science of shelter design.

This innovative project uses the current shelter occupants as part of the research team, rather than just a cohort to study. The project will lead to a transformative new science of shelter design based on multi-criteria optimisation that puts the social well being, health and thermal comfort of the shelter occupants at the center of the design process and allows an agile response.