Oxford University is a world-leader in terms of the study of international migration, whether forced or voluntary.

Oxford boasts three major research centres (COMPAS, RSC, and Border Criminologies), several researchers conducting research on migration and mobility across multiple divisions and departments, as well as the Migration and Mobility Network which brings together individual scholars working on incisive and innovative research into the many dimensions of migration and mobility.

The study of migration, like many other social issues, is multi-faceted, highly contested and politically charged. The complexity of the issues requires migration research at Oxford to have strong disciplinary roots but also to work through effective interdisciplinary collaboration. Migration researchers draw on traditions of study in the fields of Anthropology, Development, Economics, History, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and Theology. Research centres in Oxford in particular synthesise these multiple perspectives.

Migration research within Oxford also shares common imperatives, that of: ensuring independence, pioneering new theoretical and methodological approaches and delivering research findings and knowledge beyond the academic world. Academics within Oxford, and outside, are therefore able to draw on the unique and useful interdisciplinary network that has been established over the past decade or so for collaborative projects, advice and sharing of knowledge and skills.

The three main research centres in Oxford have complementary, interconnecting research agendas but each has a particular research focus within this complex area of study.

View more information about the research agenda for each centre.

Details of migration-related research being conducted elsewhere in Oxford can be found by exploring the people page.