Dr Naomi Tyrrell

Dr Naomi Tyrrell

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


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Most recently I have been a Senior Research Fellow on the ESRC-funded project 'Here to Stay? Identity, Citizenship and Belonging Among Settled Eastern European Migrant Children and Young People in the UK' (http://www.migrantyouth.org). This project has been extended until January 2019. In 2016 I resigned from my Lectureship in Human Geography at the University of Plymouth so that I could work part-time.

My research and teaching interests are in the broad field of population geography, with a focus on family migration processes and children's geographies. My recently completed projects have been focused on the mobilities of armed forces families (HMS Heroes and IHC, Plymouth University), researcher mobility and family life in Europe (funded by the European Commission), the impacts of child migration on later-life migration (funded by British Academy and Leverhulme Trust), and language and intergenerational relationships in migrant families (funded by Plymouth University).


PhD Geography, University of Wales Swansea
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University College Cork

BA (Hons) Geography, 1st Class, University of Wales Swansea

2018-: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Plymouth
2016-8: Senior Research Fellow, University of Plymouth
2010-6: Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Plymouth
2006-10: Research Fellow & Lecturer in Migration Studies, University College Cork                        
2004-6: Researcher, Opinion Research Services, Swansea

Research interests

  • Migration and mobilities
  • Geographies of children and young people
  • Intergenerational geographies
  • Qualitative and mixed research methods


Grants & contracts

2016-2019: ESRC, 'Here to Stay?' Identity, Belonging and Citizenship Among Eastern European Settled Migrant Children in the UK (a decade after EU enlargement) (with Dr Daniela Sime, University of Strathclyde, & Dr Marta Moskal, University of Glasgow), £426,000 

2015-2016: Institute of Health and Community, PU, 'Mobilities of Children in Military Families' (with Dr Richard Yarwood and Dr Julia Morgan), £1100

2014-2015: HMS Heroes, 'Mobilities of Children in Military Families' (with Dr Richard Yarwood) (undisclosed)

2013-2015: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, 'Impacts of Children's Residential (Im)Mobility on Migration in Later Life' (with Dr Nissa Finney, University of Manchester), £7000

2011-2012: Geography Pump-Priming Fund, 'Migrant Families: Language, Identities and Socialisation' (with Dr Pedro Gujarro-Fuentes, Plymouth Business School), £3000

2010-2015: Marie Curie Reintegration Grant, 'Scientific Mobility and Family Life in Europe', €45,000

2010: ESF Conference and Travel Grant, €1030

2009: Marie Curie Intra-EU Fellowship, ‘Children of Mobile Scientists in Europe’, €165,000 (successful but declined)

2008-2009: Co-PI, ‘Children and Global Change: Experiencing Migration, Negotiating Identities', RGS Pump-Priming Grant, £5000 

2008: 'European Cultural Policies and Youth Participation in Transnational Context’, HERA Networking Grant (Marie Curie Migrant Children Team), €2000 

2008: Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Norface Networking Grant (Marie Curie Migrant Children Team), €2000 

2008: RGS Research Group funding for Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Workshop ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Families’ £350 

2008: Royal Irish Academy Mobility Grant to visit University of Stockholm, €1195 

2007: Wenner-Gren Anthropological Foundation Conference Funding, £1500 

2002-2005: Full PhD Scholarship and Fee-Waiver, University of Wales

2011: UK National Expert, Support for Newly Arrived Migrant Children, European Commission