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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 conceptual and empirical contributions through the application of concepts in a variety of contexts. Lectures are illustrated with real-life case studies while students are encouraged to do the same for their coursework. Finally, these elements come together in the creation of a policy brief. 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.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide students with a critical theoretical and applied understanding of the current debates around migration and development, from the perspective of the poorer countries in the Global South. It explores a range of social, economic, political and cultural issues surrounding migration and development with a firm grounding on the geographical perspective. Central to the teaching of this module are the lived experiences of migrants.

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.


Week 19/Lecture 1: Introduction and module overview Week 19/Lecture 2: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Development Week 20/Lecture 3: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Migration Week 20/Lecture 4: Migration-Development nexus Week 21/Lecture 5: Internal migration and urbanisation Week 21/Lecture 6: Internal migration: China/Cambodia case study Week 22/Lecture 7: The gender lens Week 22/ Essay help session Week 23/Lecture 8: Return migration Week 23/Lecture 9: Transnationalism Week 24/Lecture 10: Remittance-led development: AL case study Week 24/Lecture 11: Skilled migration Week 25/Lecture 12: Who cares? Ageing, care and the ‘left behind’ Week 25/Lecture 13: South-North transfers: UK case study Week 25/Lecture on Policy Briefs Week 25/ Workshop on Policy Briefs Week 30/Lecture 14: Forced migration and development Week 30/Lecture 15: Migration and environmental change Week 31/Lecture 16: Migration governance and development policy Week 31/ PB help session Week 31/Docufilm viewing: 'The Land Between' (2014) from David Fedele Week 32/Lecture 17: Topics round up and synthesis Week 32/Docufilm viewing: ‘In This World’ (2002) from Michael Winterbottom In addition to the above, the module includes 4 seminars over the course of the semester, to be facilitated by the convenor and/or PGRs.

Special Features

The special features of this module will be: a) special lecture on Policy Briefs b) workshop in the form of a hands-on practical training session on Policy Briefs. c) potentially guest lectures tbc. d) docufilm viewing sessions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

2 x 1 hour lectures per week + 1x1 lecture on Policy Briefs = 18 total 4x 1 hour seminars = 4 total 1x 2 hours workshop on Policy Briefs = 2 total 2x 1 hour help sessions for the assignments = 2 total 2x 2 hours docufilm viewing on refugees = 4 total

Independent Study119
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deshingkar, P. and Grimm, S. (2005). Internal Migration and Development: a Global Perspective. 

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

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

Geiger, M. and Pecoud, A. (eds) (2010). The Politics of International Migration Management. 

Davies, R. (2007). Reconceptualising the migration–development nexus: diasporas, globalisation and the politics of exclusion.. Third World Quarterly. ,28 , pp. 59-76.

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

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.

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

Willis, K. (2011). Theories and Practices of Development. 


Assessment Strategy

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


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 60%
Policy brief  (1000 words) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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