Justice and Imagination in Global Displacement (JIGD)

We are a research collective of multidisciplinary academics whose work deals with global challenges cross-cutting issues of social and spatial displacement (and associated harms), migration, memory and material culture, identity, race and ethnicity. 

We believe in combining a person-centred approach with a critical in-depth examination of lived experiences and narrative construction. We generate knowledge in the fields of experimental filmmaking and moving image, post-colonial literature, medical anthropology, spatial justice and their methods of practice.

The collective is dedicated to collaborative partnerships with marginalised communities locally and globally, to trace, respond to, and inform relevant policy and co-design and develop new forms of practice. We work iteratively using multimodal mixed methods of research that are decolonial, ethnographic, creative, psychological and anthropological. We have existing partnerships through our research consultancies across Higher Education Institutions, government organisations, NGOs and charities.

The research collective is based at the University of Plymouth with key collaborators across global research institutions, charities and thinktanks. The full list of members and partners can be seen below.

Research areas

  • 3 Social displacement
  • 3 Spatial displacement
  • 3 Harm
  • 3 Migration
  • 3 Memory
  • 3 Material culture
  • 3 Identity
  • 3 Race
  • 3 Ethnicity
  • 3 Experimental filmmaking and moving image
  • 3 Post-colonial literature
  • 3 Medical anthropology
  • 3 Spatial justice
  • 3 Architecture

Our research projects

Related publications

Under review

Sood, Arun, ‘Mungo Park, Mande Orality, and Critical Indigenous Studies’, invited contribution to special issue: of ‘Decolonial Methodologies Special Issue’: Journal of Settler Colonial Studies (in preparation and forthcoming).

Murrani, S., Lloyd, H., And Popovici, I. (under review). ‘Participatory journeys into deep maps: memoryscapes of the   creative spatial practice of making-home in displacement’. Journal of Social and Cultural Geography.


Close J, Spicer S, Nicklin LL, Uther M, Lloyd J & Lloyd H. (2020). 'Secondary analysis of loot box data: are high-spending “whales” wealthy gamers or problem gamblers?' DOI

James, Z. 2020 The Harms of Hate for Gypsies and Travellers: A Critical Hate Studies Perspective. Palgrave Pivot cover image

Murrani, S. and Popovici, I. (2020) 'Mapping Creative Recovery' report (European Cultural Foundation).

Murrani, S. 2020. Review of Refugia: Radical Solutions to Mass Displacement, Journal of Refugee Studies, feaa077, DOI.

Naldemirci Ö, Britten N, Lloyd H & Wolf A. (2020). 'Epistemic injustices in clinical communication: The example of narrative elicitation in person-centred care' Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, DOI 

Sood, Arun, ‘Mediations in Transatlantic Reception and Influence: Vernacular Orality and ‘The Rustic Bard of New Hampshire’, Studies in Romanticism Vol. 59, No.3 (2020): 163-185.


Murrani, S. 2019. ‘Contingency and Plasticity: The Dialectical Re-construction of the Concept of Home in Displacement’. Journal of Culture and Psychology. DOI

Murrani, S. 2019. ‘Urban Creativity through Displacement and Spatial Disruption’, In: Michael E Leary-Owhin and John P McCarthy (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138290051.

Naldemirci, Ö, Britten, N, Lloyd, H, Wolf, A. (2019). The potential and pitfalls of narrative elicitation in person‐centred care. Health Expect. 00: 1– 9. DOI


Hosale, MD., Murrani, S. and Decampo, A. 2018. ‘Introduction from the Editors’ to Worldmaking as Techné: Exploring Worlds of Participatory Art, Architecture, and Music. Cambridge, Ontario: Riverside Architectural Press, pp. iv-xxvi. ISBN: 978-1-988366-09-8.

Lloyd, H., et al (2018). Validation of the person-centred coordinated care experience questionnaire (P3CEQ). International Journal for Quality in Health Care, DOI

Lloyd, H., et al (2018). Patient-Reported Measures for Person-Centred Coordinated Care: A Comparative Domain Map and Web-Based Compendium for Supporting Policy Development and Implementation. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). 14.02.18 in Vol 20, No 2 (2018): February.

Murrani, S. 2018. ‘Estranged Space Appropriated’, In: Hosale, MD., Murrani, S. and de Campo, A. Worldmaking as Techné: Exploring Worlds of Participatory Art, Architecture, and Music. Cambridge, Ontario: Riverside Architectural Press, pp. 296-319.

Sood, Arun, ‘The Burnsian Palimpsest: Transatlantic Cultural Memory, c. 1840-1866’, Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations 22:1 (August, 2018) 49-73.

Sood, Arun, Robert Burns and the United States of America: Poetry, Print and Memory 1786-1866 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)


Popovici, I. (2017), 'Two Churches and A Hat: The National Bucharest Theatre or the Mythology of Post-War Romanian   Architecture’, PARSE Journal, 3, 109-128.

Sood, Arun, ‘Patrick Colquhoun: Eighteenth-century Glasgow merchant’ in The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer 32:1 (2017) 15-18.


Lloyd, H., Peters, M., Lloyd, J., and Fitzpatrick. R. (2016). The Role of Life Context and the Outcomes that Matter to People with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Health Expectations. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12548


Sood, Arun ‘A Modern Poet on The Scotch Bard: Walt Whitman’s 1875 Essay on Robert Burns’ in The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 32:4 (2015) 230-236.


Popovici, I. (2014), ‘Architecture Competitions – A Space for Political Contention. Socialist Romania, 1950–1956’,   Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 38, 24-38. DOI

Popovici, I. (2014),‘”The City as a Part of Nature, and Concrete as a Kind of Earth.” Japanese Architecture Meets 1960s-1980s Romanian Modernism’, Studies in History & Theory of Architecture, 2 (2014), 116-139.

Postgraduate research

We welcome postgraduate research interests in any one or combined fields of medical anthropology, urban displacement, humanitarian and development architecture, spatial justice, mapping migration, refugee and asylum seeker housing, Gypsy, Traveller and Roma studies, hate studies, post-colonial literature, memory and moving image.

For further information regarding postgraduate research please contact a member of the team.

Group Hug by Flounder Lee 2020. PhD Researcher in Art and Media at UoP. Photo credit: Mehr Mesbah

Group Hug by Flounder Lee 2020. PhD Researcher in Art and Media at UoP. Photo credit: Mehr Mesbah