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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Migration Research Unit Student Conference 2014 Child & Youth Migrants: Global And Interdisciplinary Perspectives

27 February 2014

The Migration Research Unit welcome applications from Master’s and PhD students from a variety of disciplines.


Call for papers

According to a 2013 UN report, there are 232 million individuals living outside their country of origin today—approximately 35 million of these are children and young people under the age of 20.

In exploring the challenges that these young people face, the tensions and frictions that exist between internationally-recognized human rights, national politics, and lived experience become readily apparent. Much work has been done on the educational opportunities and attainment of migrant children, and recent initiatives including the 2013 UN International Youth Day ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’ have highlighted the effect of young migrants on societal development. The increased visibility of grassroots efforts like the DREAMer movement in the United States has also proven that there are many perspectives to be heard on issues of youth and child migration.

The third annual UCL Migration Research Unit Student Conference wants to build upon this discussion and provide a chance for the new voices of migration studies to share their research. It seeks to explore, through global comparison, the complex issues facing mobile youth that are frequently overshadowed by more general debates about labour, forced, or family migration. How do generational dynamics in migrant families and communities affect questions of access, agency, and identity? In what ways do young migrants become a link, both culturally and linguistically, between their families and their country of residence? When immigration is seen as one, unified issue in policy making and public discourse do the nuances of child and youth migration fall between the cracks? The conference will be a forum for discussion between students, human rights and advocacy groups, and migrant community organizations.


We welcome applications from Master’s and PhD students from a variety of disciplines conducting research in, but not limited to, the following areas:

The best interest of the child:

  • Changing family dynamics & reunification
  • Caring for health & disability
  • Young irregular migrants and refugees, unaccompanied minors

Laws, rights & social justice:

  • Detention and deportation of minors
  • Layering of rights (including rights of the child, of migrants, human rights, minority, LGBT, etc.)

Access to the public sphere:

  • Political access, activism, advocacy & community organising
  • Perceptions of young migrants in the media and popular discussion
  • Access to higher education

Looking to the future:

  • Secondary migration & young return migrants
  • Transnationalism & questions of identity and belonging
  • Transitioning into adulthood (and its social and legal consequences)
Please submit applications with a title, 1 page abstract, and CV to: geog.migrationconference@ucl.ac.uk no later than 1 March 2014.

Presentations will be about 20 minutes long. If you will require a visa to attend the conference, please consider submitting your application before the deadline to ensure you have enough time to apply for your visa.