As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are all worried about our loved ones and it is difficult to think beyond the day to day for many of us. New thinking on migration and mobilities is needed now more than ever as we are required to immobilise ourselves and stay apart. But physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. MMB is still here to support you in staying caring, critical thinking, and building futures – join us!
Please visit our COVID-19 page – a space for University of Bristol work, publications and events that specifically address migration and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have anything you would like to add here please get in touch.
Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB) is a Specialist Research Institute at the University of Bristol. We are an interdisciplinary network of academics and others with diverse interests ranging from politics and sociology to film studies, history and law. MMB offers a creative space to engage with migration in theory, policy and practice. By expanding and challenging understandings of migration and making connections between different types of mobilities, beyond the human and across time, we endeavour to contribute to a more just world.
Our work is oriented around four research challenges:
- Bodies, borders, justice – explores how state borders create and manage sexual, racial, cultural, age, ability and class differences. It examines the effects of making borders on human relationships, on rights and on justice.
- Control, conflict, resistance – seeks to understand people’s different abilities to move as well as the conflicts and struggles that are shaped by everyday constraints on their movements and presence.
- Imagination, belonging, futures – identifies new, potential and alternative forms of belonging by engaging with ideas and utopian visions created by the global mobility of people across borders.
- Trade, labour, capital – examines human mobility and its relation to the movement of goods, services and money. We also consider how this relationship between markets and migration is imagined and represented.