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Global Migration and Social Change

Series Editor: Nando Sigona, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham, UK

This monograph series showcases original research that looks at the nexus between migration, citizenship and social change. This series aims to open up interdisciplinary terrain and to develop new scholarship in migration and refugee studies that is theoretically insightful and innovative, empirically rich and policy engaged.

The series includes research-based monographs and occasionally edited collections, informed by a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It is open to in-depth ethnographic/qualitative case studies, international comparative analyses, and everything between. We welcome contributions that that address drivers and dynamics of migration, exile, transnationalism and social change at different scales, and which pay attention to different intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender and age, and other key identity markers.

Download the series flyer and the proposal guidelines.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • The migration and citizenship nexus
  • The construction of borders and practices of bordering
  • New processes of migration governance at different scales
  • Emerging forms of migrant diversity
  • Politics and practices of belonging
  • The changing legal statuses of migration and migrants
  • New manifestations of transnationalism and diaspora
  • The nature and causes of migration ‘crises’
  • Geopolitical disruptions and human mobility


Call for proposals:

If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact the Series Editors: Nando Sigona:, Alan Gamlen: and Shannon Kneis:

You can find out more about writing for Bristol University Press on our Information for authors page.

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Migration, Crisis and Temporality at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

Governing Immobilities

This insightful book explores the governance of immobilities and temporality in African migration. It shares lessons from the experiences of Zimbabwean migrants fleeing economic crisis to the South African town of Musina and asks what the work of state and non-state actors there tell us about the management of immobile people and places.

Bristol Uni Press

Social Networks and Migration

Relocations, Relationships and Resources

This intersectional study provides fresh insights into the complex networks of migrants. More than 200 interviews with people following multiple routes over eight decades help to illustrate how social support and trust are developed, how networks evolve over time, and how they impact the opportunities and obstacles migrants encounter.

Bristol Uni Press

Mediated Emotions of Migration

Reclaiming Affect for Agency

Drawing on empirical research and mediated stories of migration and asylum seeking from the Global North, this book unpacks how emotions and affect are key conceptual lenses for understanding contemporary processes and discourses around migration.

Bristol Uni Press

The EU Migrant Generation in Asia

Middle-Class Aspirations in Asian Global Cities

Drawing on a comparative study with individuals who migrated to Singapore and Tokyo in 2010s, this book demonstrates how migration to Asian business centres has become an alternative to a middle-class life in Europe and how the perceived insecurities of life in the crisis-ridden EU result in these migrants’ prolonged stay in Asia.

Bristol Uni Press

Migration, Health, and Inequalities

Critical Activist Research across Ecuadorean Borders

This interdisciplinary activist research project shows the health and well-being impacts of transnational migration on Ecuadorean families. Roberta Villalón documents the intersection of social inequalities and migration and health policies, and how individual and collective action challenges marginalising structures and fosters social justice.

Bristol Uni Press

Navigating the European Migration Regime

Male Migrants, Interrupted Journeys and Precarious Lives

EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC- ND

Anna Wyss’ insightful account of male migrants’ journeys around Europe brings new perspectives to the European migration crisis and masculinity issues.

Bristol Uni Press

Postcoloniality and Forced Migration

Mobility, Control, Agency

As the pervasive legacy of colonialism continues to shape global politics, this unprecedented book presents case studies of forced migration events from the 18th century to present day across 5 continents, all put in dialogue with each other to propose new theoretical and real-world agendas for the field.

Bristol Uni Press

Visiting Immigration Detention

Care and Cruelty in Australia’s Asylum Seeker Prisons

This study of immigration detention policy in Australia presents first-hand accounts of more than 70 people visiting and supporting asylum seekers. Documenting and theorising their experiences and treatment, it delivers new perspectives on the profound human costs of hardline immigration policy, both in Australia and beyond.

Bristol Uni Press

Temporality in Mobile Lives

Contemporary Asia–Australia Migration and Everyday Time

This innovative study of young Asian migrants’ lives in Australia sheds new light on the complex relationship between migration and time. With in-depth interviews and a new conceptual framework, Robertson reveals how migration influences the trajectories of migrants’ lives, from career pathways to intimate relationships.

Bristol Uni Press

Negotiating Migration in the Context of Climate Change

International Policy and Discourse

Assessing migration in the context of climate change, Nash draws on empirical research to offer a unique analysis of policy-making in the field. This detailed account is a vital step in understanding the links between global discourses on human mobilities, climate change and specific policy responses.

Bristol Uni Press

Belonging in Translation

Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan

This is the first book to investigate how migrants and migrant rights activists work together to generate new forms of citizenship identities in a multilingual setting. Based on robust theoretical engagement and detailed empirical analysis, Shindo's book makes a compelling case for rethinking citizenship and community from the angle of language.

Bristol Uni Press

Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis

Producing Workers and Immigrants

Informed by Marxist theory, this book examines how categories of ‘workers’ and ‘migrants’ have been mobilised within representations of a ‘migrant crisis’ and a ‘welfare crisis’ to facilitate capitalist exploitation, and proposes alternative understandings that foreground solidarity.

Bristol Uni Press