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Other Cambridge Research Projects

Projects that involve the University of Cambridge

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

Book: Camps Revisited, Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology

Facing the current growing global archipelago of encampments, this book project intends to develop a geographical reflection on ‘the camp’, as a modern institution and as a spatial bio-political technology.

Edited by Irit Katz, Diana Martin, and Claudio Minca, this book focuses on past and present camp geographies and on the dispositifs that make them an ever-present spatial formation in the management of unwanted populations characterizing many authoritarian regimes as well as many contemporary democracies. It also offers and investigates possible ways to resist the present-day proliferating manifestations of camps and ‘camp thinking’, by calling for the incorporation of ‘camp studies’ into the broader field of political geography and to consider the geographies of the camp as constitutive of much broader modern geo-political economies.

Book link here

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.

https://www.musicalencounters.co.uk/

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.

https://www.eumigrantworker.law.cam.ac.uk/

RESPOND

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.

http://www.crs.uu.se/respond/

(RH4C - MENA)

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.

https://r4hc-mena.org/

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.

https://www.hhftd.net/

 

Projects that involve Anglia Ruskin University

Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA)

Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA) is a research project by Anglia Ruskin University investigating ethical issues in health research in humanitarian crises.

PREA aims to identify good ethical practice from lessons learned in the field and develop a tool that assists reflection on ethical issues in humanitarian research.

http://www.preaportal.org/