The movement of people is a pressing concern now more than ever, with the worldwide refugee crisis and Brexit on the horizon.
In this evening of lively discussions, UCL researchers will try to influence what you think about migration, culture and ideas of identity.
You'll have the chance to share your views by using interactive technology to vote on questions around migration and its impact on our lives. Can our researchers change your mind before the end of the night?
This participatory evening with include of talks from some of the leading lights working across theatre, sociology, psychology, anthropology and linguistics:
Tom Bailey is a theatre director and performance maker, producing work through his award-winning theatre company, Mechanimal. In 2017 Tom was Leverhulme artist in residence at UCL, researching into both human and animal migration. During the residency he created a theatre show on this subject, Zugunruhe, which went on to receive critical acclaim and an award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.
Dr Mette Louise Berg is a lecturer in the Anthropology of Migration who is particularly interested in the cost of migration on human lives.
Alexandra Bulat is an ESRC-funded PhD Candidate at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), and Chair of grassroots organisation Young Europeans . Her PhD research compares attitudes towards EU migrants in two local authority areas in England - Newham and Tendring. Previously she has researched the impact of Brexit on the London borough of Barnet and the experiences of Romanian migrants in the UK.
Dr Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at UCL, founding Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and current president of AASLE (Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics). He is a leading labour economist and publishes work on migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues.
Dr Michela Franceschelli is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology for the BSc Social Sciences whose research focuses on the influences of migration, class and culture on identity, belonging, transitions to adulthood and intergenerational dynamics. She recently made a documentary film on Lampedusa's struggle with the influx of migrants who arrive there as the first port of arrival to Europe for the thousands attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Dr Humera Iqbal is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at UCL. Humera’s research interests centre on the identity and lived experiences of migrant and minority families and young people. Her work has included research on language and friendship practices of children and adults; mental health and wellbeing in young people, and in how non-clinical interventions, such as museum practice can help improve wellbeing and foster belonging.
Dr Richard Mole is Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. His most recent research examined the relationship between sexuality and migration, focusing on LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers from Russia, Poland and Brazil in Berlin and London. He is currently Director of Research of a Horizon 2020 Framework Programme examining populism in Central and Eastern Europe.