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Evidence and the politics of the UK migration debate – is there hope?


An interesting blog post was published on a session from ‘Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: Where next?’, a Symposium from the Institute for Policy Research and Centre for Development Studies (CDS) at the University of Bath, September 14-15 2016.

Highlights and recordings from the Symposium can be found here.

N.B. For discussions on European migration policies, check out a dossier compiled by The Broker that includes a co-authored contribution by GGSJ senior researcher Jeff Handmaker.

In 2015, Professor Thea Hilhorst joined the ISS, bringing a new, NWO-funded VICI project.

Entitled “When Disasters Meet Conflict”, and supported by a team including Dr. Roanne van Voorst (post-doctoral researcher) and three PhD researchers (Rodrigo Mena; Samantha Melis and Isabelle Desportes), the programme will be run at an Institute-level, and particularly in co-operation with colleagues in the GGSJ and CIRI research groups.

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

Prof. Thea Hilhorst


More details about the programme are available on the ISS website.

Dr. Giulia Sinatti, an affiliated researcher with the GGSJ Research Programme, has published a new article with co-author Cindy Horst of PRIO.

Reference: Sinatti, G. & C. Horst (2014) “Migrants as agents of development: Diaspora engagement discourse and practice in Europe.” forthcoming in Ethnicities, 14(2).

Link to full article.


This article analyses how European governments and civil society actors engage diasporas in Europe as agents for the development of their countries of origin. Through a critical examination of diaspora engagement discourse and practice in various European countries, we identify three implicit understandings. First, development is conceived of as the planned activities of Western professional development actors; second, diasporas are seen as actual communities rooted in a national ‘home’ and sharing a group identity; and third, migration is regarded as binary mobility. We argue that these interpretations are informed by notions of ethnic or national rootedness in given places and that they lead to further assumptions about why, and in pursuit of what goals, diasporas engage. We conclude that such essentialized understandings limit the potential of diaspora engagement as a means of innovating the development industry by broadening understandings of what development entails and how it can be done.

ju_sajhr_coverGGSJ researcher Professor Des Gasper has published an article in the South African Journal on Human Rights with co-authors Ana Victoria Portocarrero and Asucion Lera St. Clair.

Entitled ‘An analysis of the Human Development Report 2011 : sustainability and equity : a better future for all’, the article explores the 2011 report regarding aspects of climate change and development.

Gasper and his co-authors argue that the report reveals “a markedly technocratic direction, largely apolitical and insensitive to human rights issues and justice, giving a diluted successor to the HDR 2007/2008 and now close in perspective to the World Bank”.

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