UEL Collaboration Overview

The University of East London (UEL) has a long history of collaboration and engagement on refugee and forced migration issues.  The purpose of this section is to bring together on a single page all of the inter-disciplinary work that is currently being at UEL including teaching; research; civic engagement; exhibitions and related activities.


MA in Refugee Studies

Uel has been running a pioneering postgraduate degree course in Refugee Studies for over twenty years.

From the course summary:

Forced migration is a global phenomenon and an area of increasing concern in Europe and beyond. On this course you will study the multiple factors associated with refugee crises and the economic, political, social, cultural, and environment pressures which lie behind the search for asylum.

A distinctive feature of this course is that it considers the perspective and experiences of the people forced to flee conflict, generalised violence, and human rights violations. It highlights social, cultural and community responses to people in search of sanctuary in the contexts of restrictive border practices. It encourages informed understanding about contemporary conflicts, forced displacement and human security.

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/ma-refugee-studies

MA in Conflict, Displacement and Human Security

From the course summary:

On this cutting-edge course, we specialise in giving our students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the relationship between conflict, displacement and human insecurity.

We will help you to develop the skills and understanding to prepare for employment in the fields of conflict management and resolution, humanitarian assistance and displacement, human rights and development initiatives.

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/ma-conflict-displacement-and-human-security

Supporting Refugees into Higher Education

UEL OLIve Course

University of East London is offering a 10-week course for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The aim of the course is to introduce refugees and asylum seekers to Higher Education. The course offers an opportunity for students to find out what skills and knowledge are needed in order to apply for and succeed in HE in the UK and provides information about pathways and opportunities. The course offers modules and workshops in English language and academic writing, research skills, academic tutoring and introduction to academic discussions.

A certificate of attendance is available for all who attend the offered workshops. Please note that this is not an accredited programme and does not give students an automatic access to other UEL courses.

Further Details:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/olive

Educating Without Borders

The Centre for Narrative Research taught a short university course on ‘Life Stories’ with residents at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, in 2015-2016. This course is now continuing in other environments where university access is low, and will also be available online. The ‘University for all’ project was supported by UEL’s civic engagement strategic fund, and is now supported by the UEL subject areas of Psychosocial Studies, Sociology, and Global Studies. Teaching involves photography, art and poetry workshops, in addition to life story work. refugees are involved with organising and conducting the initiatives, as well as participating as students. A book written by Calais residents, most of them taking the course, has appeared with Pluto Press: ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle”.The ‘Life Stories’ course won the 2017 ‘Widening Participation’ category of the Guardian University Awards. The course has also been delivered as part of OLIve, part of the the Greater Manchester Refugee Support Network, at Rainbow Haven, in autumn 2017, and is in process with UNITE, the youth group NOMAD, with Jamiya in Jordan, and as an online course.

Further Details:  https://educatingwithoutborders.wordpress.com/

UEL Research Centres

The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)

The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) is led by co-directors Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, Prof. Gargi Bhattacharyyra, Georgie Wemyss and Prof. Giorgia Dona. It brings together the interdisciplinary work carried out within the School, in the related areas of migration and refugee studies, diasporas and social cohesion, racism, nationalism and political religions, as well as intersectional citizenship, identity and belonging.

CMRB also collaborates with individuals, academic institutions and civic organisations outside UEL on research, conferences and seminars, in order to build knowledge on these crucial issues and provide a space for debate and creative thinking. Disciplinary and methodological approaches employed by CMRB members demonstrate an enriching heterogeneity, ranging from history to ethnography, narrative analysis to performance, anthropology to cultural studies, and sociology to film studies.

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/our-research-and-engagement/research/centre-for-research-on-migration-refugees-and-belonging

The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC)

The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC) is an interdisciplinary centre that carries out academic and policy-orientated research in situations of military, political, cultural, social, economic conflict and in transition from authoritarian regimes. Our work addresses the complex and dynamic relationships between human rights and conflict,

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/royal-docks/the-centre-on-human-rights-in-conflict

The Centre for Social Justice and Change (CSJC)

The Centre for Social Justice and Change (CSJC) is dedicated to undertaking high quality research, which contributes to the development of theory and knowledge, and to the improvement of public policies both nationally and internationally.

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/our-research-and-engagement/research/centre-for-social-justice-and-change

The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR)

The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) is the leading international centre for narrative work in the social sciences. CNR aims to generate and develop innovative narrative research of all kinds, and to bring narrative researchers from all over the world into productive dialogue.

CNR draws on narrative research from across the social sciences and beyond. It is founded in interdisciplinarity; it includes researchers from psychological, sociological, anthropological, cultural and media studies, humanities, arts and performance research traditions. The Centre supports research on spoken, written and visual narratives. It fosters collaborations between its members, associates and advisors, and provides a forum for researchers in applied and policy settings, as well as academics and graduate students.

Further details:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/our-research-and-engagement/research/centre-for-narrative-research

Civic Engagement

Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Health and Social Care Professionals

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal for Refugees & Asylum Seekers has been created to be utilised as a first stop resource to enable mental health and social care professionals, community organisations, statutory, international and national third sector organisations and refugees and asylum seekers themselves, to easily access the wealth of information and resources, and practical tools many of which are not accessible in one place. These resources have been produced and developed by health care practitioners, international and national organisations and academic and research bodies with experience and expert knowledge of working with refugees and asylum seekers, both in the UK and internationally.

The online portal embodies the ethos of civic engagement at university of East London through the creation of an interdisciplinary approach aimed at bringing together staff and students from a number of UEL schools and services as well as facilitating interaction with professional bodies, NGO’s, charities and community organisations in East London and at national and international levels.

To Access the Portal:  www.uel.ac.uk/schools/psychology/research/refugee-mental-health-and-wellbeing-portal/