Migrants and Citizens
US border with Mexico at San Diego

The Worst Invention Ever?

‘Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians’. This was the claim made earlier this week by Jean-Claude Junker, the very President of the European Commission.  So is he right? And if so, having invented them, must we now live… Read More

From Far Away

One of the reasons why I’ve struggled to write in the past few months is that this has been a year of transitions. A transatlantic, transcontinental move form London to San Francisco, and a career shift from full-time… Read More

On striking

I am on strike today.   I’m striking — like most others I know — without much hope or expectation that it will effect change. After all, in the past four years UCU’s ballot papers asking me to… Read More

An M.Sc. in Markets

 I’ll get to the humanitarianism and migration later this week, I promise.  But tonight, a post on my other favourite mobility: social mobility. And Oxbridge. And the British Higher Education system.   A combination guaranteed to make blood boil… Read More

A Tale of Three Cities (or an Academic’s wanderings)

This is a New Year’s tale – suitably introspective, ending with a resolution and the beginning of a journey. Next post, back to the political.  But – despite the fact this one’s personal — it seems appropriate to… Read More

If Men Make War, Do Women Study Peace?

 ‘There are so many women’, a colleague whispered at last year’s induction.  It must be noted that this particular colleague had just arrived from Sandhurst, where there are rather a lot of men. But he’s right.  Development Studies… Read More

London Metropolitan: when everybody loses

‘I don’t like it when someone talks bad about my country, but I try to remain calm because I know, I’m just coming here because of my studies, I’m not coming here to be a citizen. So when… Read More

Confessions of an Accidental Academic

Personal confession time. Perhaps it’s the heat. Or maybe it’s the students, spilling out of exam halls, the “real world” (with all its unpaid internships) just weeks away. But I’m restless. It’s a regular occupational hazard for many,… Read More

When ethics get personal: visas in the classroom

As an academic, I often write about the ethics of migration policy. But this week, the UK’s migration policy has presented me with an unexpectedly personal ethical dilemma. I have discovered that I am expected to report all… Read More

Academic publishing – ours is not to reason why

Why do researchers publish their work in academic journals? The answers might seem obvious: to present and explain findings, contribute to debate, establish a reputation. But if these answers are obvious, then why is academic journal publishing so… Read More

Back to Blog

I haven’t blogged for months. Why not? The usual excuses, certainly: too much “real” work, too little time. But more that that: it was a crisis of confidence. What exactly was my blog for? This isn’t unconnected to… Read More