I am a Lecturer of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. I am also a researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford and the UK Coordinator of the European Commission’s European Website on Integration. Since completing an MPhil and DPhil at the University of Oxford, I was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Ethnicity and Diversity. I will hold visiting fellowships at University of California, Berkeley; York University, Toronto and the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield.
My research agenda focuses on the rising role of cities in the global governance of migration. Specifically, I am exploring how migration is creating new urban dynamics requiring new methodologies and theoretical approaches to re-think the contemporary city. Presently, these challenges appear to be led by developers, political elites incentivized for short-term thinking, corporate visionaries and accidents in the ‘old globalism’, and a retreat into critique and conservation of political programs of 20th century. To counter these approaches my research agenda touches on several key themes:
- The urban governance of marginality;
- Radical positive programmes for urban futures;
- Rethinking and reintroduction of the concept of ‘progress’ into urban politics;
- The influence of various forms of mobility on urban political and moral economies.
I am also interested in new methodologies and mixed methods for exploring social problems through theoretically grounded and empirically driven research.
You can follow me on twitter at @rachel_humphris