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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.


Lecture 1: Introduction and module overview Lecture 2: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Development Lecture 3: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Migration Lecture 4: Migration-Development nexus Lecture 5: Migration and Development: Albania case study Lecture 6: Linking internal and international migration Lecture 7: Rural-urban migration and urbanisation: China/Cambodia Case study Lecture 8: The gender lens Lecture 9: Return migration Lecture 10: Transnational migration Lecture 11: Remittance-led development Lecture 12: Gendering remittances: Albania case study Lecture 13: Skilled migration Lecture 14: Who cares? Ageing, care and the ‘left behind’ Lecture 15: Forced migration and development Lecture 16: Policy Briefs Lecture 17: Migration and environmental change Lecture 18: Migration governance and development policy Lecture 19: Topics round up and synthesis Docufilm viewing: 'The Land Between' (2014) from David Fedele Docufilm viewing: ‘In This World’ (2002) from Michael Winterbottom Panel of local charities to discuss the situation of refugees in the UK. (the order and topics are subject to minor modifications) In addition to the lectures, the module includes: (i) 1 x 2 hours workshop on Policy Briefs (ii) 4x 1 hour seminars over the course of the semester, to be facilitated by the convenor and/or PGRs. (iii) coursework help sessions.

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. c) roundtable with panellists on the situation of refugees in the UK.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

2-3 x 1 hour lectures per week + 1x1 lecture on Policy Briefs = 19 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 1x 1 hour panel on refugees in the UK = 1 hour

Independent Study117
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Piper, N. (2009). The complex interconnections of the migration-development nexus: a social perspective. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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