Welcome to the University of York Migration Network 

Photo by Maggie ONeill, 2016, Chios

‌The University of York (UoY) has a significant cluster of research and pedagogical activities that focus on migration, forced migration, human rights, social justice, culture and citizenship.

The UoY Migration Network operates as a research hub that brings together a cross disciplinary group of researchers from across the University of York and beyond. The network is underpinned by an ethos that fosters collaboration, innovation and creativity in research (including participatory, visual, performative and filmic methods).

Our Aims

  • To support knowledge exchange, collaboration and build interdisciplinary research links
  • To facilitate innovative research, including arts based research.
  • To identify opportunities for collaborative research and facilitate connection and communication with external organisations (including Counterpoints Arts, UNICEF, Save the Children, Refugee Action York, the Regional Refugee Forum North East, the Refugee Council, Refugee Action and Asylum and Refugee community organisations across the North of England).
  • To build capacity to develop co-produced research projects with external organisations and communities.
  • To collaborate with and support the work of UoY research networks and centres.
  • To enable cross university networking amongst postgraduate and academic researchers.
  • To offer a welcoming an dsupportive research hub and network for potential PhD students.
  • To impact upon policy and practice.

 People      Join the network



Welcome Refugees

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2018

‘Refugees Welcome’ and ‘The Politics of Hospitality & the Refuge City' were hosted by the University of York Migration Network

MIgNet Ideas salon

Posted on Thursday 25 January 2018

The ideas salon provided an opportunity to generate ideas for York MIgNet's future.

Migration and Education Symposium

Posted on Friday 7 July 2017

Our first symposium, ‘Migrant journeys through educational system in England’, was held on 6 of June, 2017.

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Contact details

Research Centre for Social Sciences
University of York
6 Innovation Close
YO10 5ZF


Our People

The network is Chaired by Professor Maggie O’Neill (Sociology) and Dr Simon Parker (Politics).

Agata Lambrechts

The postgraduate arm of the network  is led by Agata Lambrechts  (Education)

Agata is funded by an ESRC scholarship to undertake her PhD research on Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the European Union countries.  A Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry.  Case studies from Poland and the United Kingdom. Her research project examines and compares the educational situation (at HE level) of young refugees and asylum seekers (18 - 24) who have recently arrived in one of the two countries: Poland or the United Kingdom. The research provides a rationale for the higher education of refugees to become a policy priority within the European Union states, with a list of suggestions for changes to law and policy, and to the approach taken by universities and non-governmental organisations.

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Ed Kirby

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Ed is the research facilitator for the Departments of Politics and Sociology and supports the interdisciplinary research groups including the UoY Migration Network.