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GEOG3062 Migration and Development

Module Overview

GEOG3062 is a multidisciplinary unit designed for students with an interest in human migration and development and the interaction between the two. The module will emphasise the importance of place and scale in its approach to these themes, although it will draw on scholarship from a variety of perspectives (including development studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies). The material is organised around key areas of concern from the perspective of migrants’ countries/areas of origin in the ‘Global South’. The module seeks to balance an understanding of theories of migration and development with empirical contributions. To this end, lectures are illustrated with real-life case studies while students are encouraged to do the same for their coursework. The module will draw substantially on convenor’s own research, but it will also be situated within a larger pool of relevant world-wide literature. This is a challenging module in both content and coursework. The field of migration is diverse and encompasses a broad range of aspects. The focus of this module is on developing (lower and middle income) countries, and the impact that migration has on these societies. It does not engage with EU migration, immigration and integration in the UK, Brexit and associated migration issues.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the key approaches and theories on the relationship between migration and development.
  • Identify and critically discuss, both orally and in writing, the ways in which migration impacts on migrants and their areas of origin in the Global South.
  • Critically appraise the interplay between structure and agency in shaping individual migrants' decision-making and outcomes for development.
  • Recognise the key policy debates on migration and development.
  • Critically interrogate the global interconnections and inequalities that shape migration and migration-related policies.
  • Explain the significance of place in understanding migration and its impacts on development.
  • Recognise the importance of migration for understanding societal global and local change.
  • Assess the ways in which South-North transfers may constitute development.


Lecture 1: Introduction and module overview Lecture 2: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Development Lecture 3: Development as Freedom Lecture 4: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Migration Lecture 5: Race-Migration nexus Lecture 6: Migration-Development nexus Lecture 7: Migration and Development: Albania case study Lecture 8: Internal migration Lecture 9: Rural-urban migration and development: China/Cambodia Case study Lecture 10: Linking internal and international migration Lecture 11: The gender lens Lecture 12: Return migration Lecture 13: Transnational migration Lecture 14: Remittance-led development Lecture 15: Gendering remittances: Albania case study Lecture 16: Skilled migration Lecture 17: Who cares? Ageing, care and the ‘left behind’ Lecture 18: Forced migration and development : a critical overview Lecture 19: Refugees Lecture 20: Environment-Migration nexus Lecture 21: Migration-development policy Lecture 22: Review and synthesis (the order and topics are subject to minor modifications)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Combination of lectures and smaller group sessions that seek to help develop students’ understanding of theoretical concepts.

Independent Study117
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Samers, M. and Collier, M. (2017). Migration. 

de Haas, H. (2010). Migration and development: a theoretical perspective. International Migration Review. ,44 , pp. 227–264.

Glick Schiller, N., Basch, L. and Szanton Blanc, C (1995). From immigrant to transmigrant: theorisingtransnational migration.. Anthropological Quarterly. ,68 , pp. 48-63.

Desai, V. and Potter R. (2014). The Companion to Development Studies. 

Raghuram, P. (2009). Whose migration, what development? Unsettling the edifice of migration and development. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 103-117.

Levitt, P. (1998). Social remittances: migration driven local-level forms of cultural diffusion. International Migration Review. ,32 , pp. 926-948.

Danecker, P. (2009). Migrant visions of development: a gendered approach. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 119–132.

Skeldon, R. (2008). International migration as a tool in development policy: a passing phase. Population and Development Review. ,34 , pp. pg. 1-18.

de Haas, H., Castles, S. and Miller, J. (2020). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 

Faist, T., Fauser, M. and Kivisto, P. (eds) (2011). The Migration-Development Nexus: A TransnationalPerspective. 

Piper, N. (2009). The complex interconnections of the migration-development nexus: a socialperspective. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 93-101.

King, R. and Skeldon, R. (2010). Mind the gap!’ Integrating approaches to internal and international migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ,36 , pp. 1619-1646.

Potter, R., Binns, T., Elliott, J.A. and Smith, D.W. (2013). Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies.. 

Silvey, R. (2006). Geographies of gender and migration: spatializing social difference.. International Migration Review. ,40 , pp. 64-81.

Castles, S. and Delgado Wise, R. (eds) (2008). Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South. 


Assessment Strategy

In order to pass the module, students must obtain an overall mark of 40% or above.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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