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The University of Southampton

PhD students

A growing number of PhD students are working around the topic of migration. Below you find some of them listed including a brief summary of their work.

Department of Modern Languages, Humanities

Jenny Cuffe, Centre of Transnational Studies

Title of thesis: The impact of Zimbabwe’s ‘crisis’ on three transnational families situated in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK.
Dissertation research description: My research is cross-disciplinary and based on life narratives and family maps. Using the term ‘crisis migration’ I am interested in the way family and personal history together with gender, age and generation interact with national events to create different tipping points when avoiding action has to be taken.

Heather Meyer

Title of thesis: The Global Imaginary of International School Communities: A Case Study from Germany
Dissertation research description: My research explores the construction of globally-oriented social imaginaries of international school communities. One of the primary aims is to understand the role of the 'local' within these constructions and the extent to which mobilities are impacted through community membership. My research interests are transnational migration and communities, international schools, global education, and ethnography.

Politics and International Relations, Social Sciences

Yusuf Ciftci

Title of thesis: External Factors on Asylum Policy-Making in Turkey
Dissertation research description:
I am interested in the policy dimension of migration, and in particular on the external factors of policy making in respect to refugee and asylum area. The latest challenges in this particular area has illustrated that several actors beyond the state borders like EU, UNHCR, IOM or Council of Europe have become crucial factors of the asylum policy making procedures. Yet, several questions remain in the context of Turkish asylum policies: how exactly these external actors affect upon the domestic political grounds? What are the mechanisms of influences they act upon? What kind of effects do they cause? Using document analysis and qualitative interviews, I am conducting a process tracing in order to explain the actual dynamics between these actors and asylum policies in Turkey.

Department of Economics, Social Sciences

Muhammad Hanri

Title of thesis: Migration in Indonesia
Dissertation research description:
My research is about the role of household assets to migration decision and the impact of migration to labour market by using Indonesian socio-economics longitudinal data.

Michele Tuccio

Title of thesis: Essays on the Economics of Migration
Dissertation research description: My current research focuses on the migration-induced transfer of norms. In particular, I study whether migrants absorb new values whilst living abroad and bring them back home upon return. Furthermore, I explore how these newly acquired norms affect development outcomes.
Publications: Maurel, M. & Tuccio, M. (2016). Climate instability, urbanisation and international migration. Journal of Development Studies, 52(5): 735-752. Ferrant, G., & Tuccio, M. (2015). South-South migration and discrimination against women in social institutions: A two-way relationship. World Development, 72: 240-254.

Chuhong Wang

Title of thesis: Three Essays on Health Economics
Dissertation research description: My research interests are on economics of migration and economics of health. The applied and quantitative economic research I have done so far have centered around issues on migration, labour markets and health, which includes examination of the labour market impact of UK legislation change on the disabled, and the effects of child migration on health and well-being of parents left behind in rural China.

Division of Social Statistics and Demography, Social Sciences

Dr Amie Kamanda

Now holding a position at the Global Health and Social Care Unit, Faculty of Science at Portsmouth University
Title of thesis:
The displaced country - The demographic consequences of the Sierra Leonean civil war, 1991 – 2002
Dissertation research description:
My PhD examined the structural changes to the population and the human rights atrocities committed during the war. By analysing census and survey data, I showed that the war displaced over two thirds of the population and reduced the life expectancy. The net effect of these changes was a loss of 400,000 people and a deficit in the male population. I also show that the war affected every administrative area but at different points in time by using geospatial analysis to map human rights violations documented by the Truth Commission.

Sarah Lubman

Dissertation title: Dispersal and deprivation: Asylum seekers and refugees since 1999.
Dissertation research description: My research assesses the policy of dispersal which was introduced in the UK through the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act. It includes cluster analysis and mapping of settlement patterns within the context of deprivation levels of receiving areas, and exploration of subsequent refugee outcomes.

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