Second International Conference on Migration and Mobilities
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Discussions of migration and mobilities feature prominently in our everyday lives. 

The often competing discourses debated by politicians and the media regarding the movement of people, of products and services, of resources and pollution, of ideas and beliefs have greatly influenced the ways in which people consider and contest notions of distance, proximity, territory and belonging and the (in)equitability involved in this. Within the academy, the rapidly changing shape of the world in terms of governance, finance, resources, war, terrorism etc. has encouraged migration and mobilities experts to challenge the theories and concepts we employ to explore, interpret and evaluate movement at a range of spatial and temporal scales to respond to a myriad of societal changes. 

The first International Migration and Mobilities conference at Loughborough University in July 2016 successfully created a space through which these patterns and processes of migration and mobilities could be interrogated by drawing together scholars from across both fields to cultivate and share new ideas. Through the second conference in this series we build upon these themes and seek to draw these fields even closer to explore more critically how the intersections between migration and mobilities might contribute towards new understandings of contemporary societal debates through an interdisciplinary lens.

This two-day conference on 12 and 13 July will be broadly organised around the themes of:

  • Theoretical and conceptual understandings of / interconnections between migration and mobility studies;
  • Methodological approaches for researching migration and mobilities;
  • Scales of migration and mobilities and the impact upon borders and boundaries;
  • Experiencing migration and mobilities through embodied performances – of ‘being mobile’;
  • The politicisation of migration and mobilities that (de)enable/(dis)empower;
  • The role of intersectionality in migration and mobility that might affect the ability to move equitably (for example age, gender, class, religion, sexuality, ethnicity race etc);
  • The role of community and belonging in critiquing the categorisations associated with migration and mobilities (for example Diaspora, (home)lands, (dis)connections and the search for belonging);
  • The role of structural actors in shaping and managing migration and mobilities (for example governments, cities, institutions, industries, agencies etc).


  • Dr Johanna Water (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Peter Adey (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Professor John Stillwell (University of Leeds)


Early Bird Rate £100 available until 15 April 2018, includes: access to the full academic conference programme, refreshments and the social programme. Accommodation and travel are not included in the rate.


GWR are offering discounted conference rail travel to conference delegates and further information can be found on the GWR website. Discounted tickets cannot be booked more than 12 weeks in advance. Discounted tickets apply on the GWR Network only.

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The University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar.

The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is two hours away by car or train.

London Gatwick and Heathrow are four hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links.

Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).

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