Genesis (and Revelations?)

The development and future trajectory of migration studies will be defined, at least in part, by the foundations on which it has been built. In this discussion, we will look at how migration studies have developed over the last 20 years through the prism of migration research at Oxford. We will discuss how changing global realities have shaped – and will continue to shape – how we understand migration, its drivers and its effects. COMPAS was forged in the academic and policy context of the first years of the millennium: The Blair government, the expansion of the EU, 9/11 and the wars that followed; the rise of the BRICs and the shifting and complex geopolitics of the post-Soviet era. The rise of migration studies as a powerful, exciting and vital component of the academy for the 21st century also called for something different – a programme of work highly focused on policy impact and communications. But after 20 years, what – if anything – has the COMPAS approach achieved? How has the world, migration, and migration research changed? And what should migration research – and a migration research institute – looking to the next 20 years be doing?

Please note that this seminar will take place at Lecture Theatre, HB Allen Centre, Keble College (25 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN)
The lecture room will be open 15 minutes before the seminar starts.

COMPAS Michaelmas 2023 Seminar Series

Histories and Futures: Two Decades of COMPAS Migration Research

Thursdays of Weeks 3, 4, 7-8 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Convened by Rob McNeil

The University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) was founded in 2003 to conduct high-quality research, develop theory and facilitate knowledge exchange in the field of migration. Twenty years on, COMPAS has established an international reputation for original research, pioneering teaching and policy relevance. Bringing together scholars from the Centre’s founding and development, this seminar series will welcome a panel format to reflect on the history of migration studies and research at COMPAS, exploring social impact and policy engagement initiatives. Join us as we celebrate the Centre’s commitment to pioneering research and look to the future.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome.