Academy of Social Sciences Migration, Racism and Settlement Working Group
Annual Public Meeting: Refugees, Migration, Racism and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees
June 13, 2019: 18.00-20.30
UCL Institute of Education Main Building
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, Room 642
Speakers:  Alice Bloch, Myriam Cherti and Giorgia Donà
Chair: Ann Phoenix
Announcing and introducing the Group Report on Migration, Racism and the ‘Hostile Environment’ Nira Yuval-Davis


Biographies of speakers
Alice Bloch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She has carried out research focussing on the experiences of refugees, undocumented migrants and second-generation people from refugee backgrounds. She is currently writing a book to be published by Bristol University Press, Second Generation from Refugee Backgrounds: Identity and belonging. Her research has been funded bythe Economic and Social Research Council, Department for Work and Pensions and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation amongst others. Recent authored books include: Living on the Margins: Undocumented migrants in a global city, 2016, Bristol: Policy Press (with Sonia McKay) and Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants in the UK, London: Pluto, 2014 (with Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter). Her most recent book, co-edited with Giorgia Donà, and published by Routledge in 2019 is Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates.
Dr Myriam Cherti is a National Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in London and works on migration and development, diaspora engagement and integration. She was previously based in IOM Morocco where she was working directly with the Moroccan government advising them on the Global Forum of Migration and Development as well as the Global Compact for Migration.  Prior to that, she was a Senior Researcher at Oxford University’s COMPAS. Her areas of expertise include irregular migration, migrant integration and diaspora politics. Prior to COMPAS, she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IPPR) where she led several projects, including “Beyond Irregularity” – a major research program on irregular migration. Before that, she was project coordinator at the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, where she led a project on the oral history of the Moroccan diaspora in the UK. Myriam has also worked as a consultant and independent researcher on several European projects on the integration of ethnic minorities. She has also taught at the University of Sussex. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex.
Professor Giorgia Donà is co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. She has researched and published extensively in the area of conflict and forced migration. Publications include The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives(forthcoming, 2019), Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates (ed. 2019, with Alice Bloch)and Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (ed. 2014, with Angela Veale).
Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London and a Professorial Associated Researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. The winner of the 2018 International Sociological Association Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research and Practice. New book Bordering (Polity Press 2019 with G. Wemyss & K. Cassidy).