UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Prof. Saskia Sassen gives the talk A Third Emergent Migrant Subject unrecognised in Law for the IGP

16 May 2019

The Institute for Global Prosperity welcomes Professor Saskia Sassen to give the public lecture 'A Third Emergent Migrant Subject unrecognised in Law'


The Institute for Global Prosperity welcomes Professor Saskia Sassen to give the public lecture 'A Third Emergent Migrant Subject unrecognised in Law' on Wednesday 12 June, 17:30, at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre.

Free to all, this public lecture forms part of the two-day symposium 'Vulnerability, Infrastructure, and Displacement: The Role of Public Services in Lebanese Spaces of Migration'. 


This talk is concerned with migrants who are more akin to refugees of a special sort. They are refugees from current modes of development that expel them from their land: mining, plantations, water grabs by the Coca Colas of this world. To this we need to add new kinds of cities which are privatised for the rich and for government elites that feel threatened by popular uprisings against their abuses of power. I call these types of migrants "Third emergent migrant subject not recognised in law".


Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her new book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014) now out in 15 languages. Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalisation (W.W. Norton 2007), and the 5th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2018). Among older books are The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001), and Guests and Aliens (New Press 1999). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, including multiple doctor honoris causa, named lectures, and being selected as one of the top global thinkers on diverse lists. Most recently she was awarded the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences and made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.