University of Sussex


One of the first centres on Migration in the UK, the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) builds on a longstanding reputation for original theoretically driven empirical research in the field of migration and ethnic relations. Sussex hosts one of the largest groups of migration scholars in the world and a large active and vibrant migration postgraduate community. True to the Sussex tradition, our approach to research, doctoral research and MA teaching is genuinely interdisciplinary and draws insights from sociology, human geography, anthropology, development studies, politics, law, psychology, education, economics and demography.


Michael Collyer

Michael Collyer is Professor of Geography. During the 2012/13 academic year he held a Fulbright scholarship in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has held other visiting positions at Universities in Egypt, France, Morocco, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Before his appointment as lecturer at Sussex he held a three-year Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship, based at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was previously a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellow at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tétouan, Morocco. He is on the steering committee of Sanctuary on Sea, Brighton's City of Sanctuary group, an umbrella organisation for refugee and migrant community support groups in the city. At the national level he is an academic member of the Independent Advisory Group on Country of Origin Information, part of the office of the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. He is also a member of the UK Department for International Development's External Reference Group on Migration. Internationally, he regularly undertakes research or analytical work in collaboration with the UNHCR, IOM, various sections of the European Union or International NGOs and consultancies.

James Hampshire

James Hampshire is Reader in Politics and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the School of Law, Politics, and Sociology. He is also Deputy Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He received his BA in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 1997, after which he completed an MA in Political Philosophy at the University of York. He returned to Oxford in 1998 for his doctoral research, receiving a D.Phil. in Politics in 2002. During 2002-3, he was a Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work in Oxford, then in 2003-4 an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford. He joined Sussex in 2004.

Erica Consterdine

Erica Consterdine is a Research Fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and the Department of Politics. She specialises in immigration politics and policymaking. Erica received her BA in Sociology in 2008, after which she completed an MA in Migration Studies and an MSc in Social Research Methods. In 2014 Erica received her D.Phil in Politics from the University of Sussex. Her PhD focused on immigration policy and policymaking processes in the UK under the New Labour period (1997-2010). From 2014-2017 Erica was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Temporary versus Permanent Migration project (TEMPER) (613468), and Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES).