Beyond economic contribution: Migrant Identities, Working Lives and Social Embeddedness

RSA Research Network on Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD)

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We are pleased to announce that the next RSA MICaRD research network event will be hosted jointly by Lincoln International Business School and Lincoln School of Geography.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is extended until 22nd January. 

This symposium aims to foreground migrant perspectives and experiences, and situate these within contemporary debates on migration and the socio-political context of Brexit Britain as well as the broader debates on migration across Europe. Current political, media and scholarly debates on migration overwhelmingly revolve around the quantifiable economic contribution of migrant workers and less around migrant subjectivities, working lives, wellbeing and contribution to local communities.

Through this symposium, we seek to give greater visibility to migrant experiences. Beyond dominant neoliberal discourses, migrants’ contributions go past the economic into the social and local community spheres, aspects that are important for community cohesion but often under-valued in mainstream debates. Migrant lives and identities are shaped and affected - enabled as well as constrained - by spatial contexts and social relationships as well as place-based socio-economic and political structures.

We invite theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions that stretch the focus beyond the economic contribution of migrants, and explore how migrants strive to become embedded in the local environment and play an active role in their workplaces and communities.

The proposed topics may include but are not limited to the following themes:


Submission of Abstracts:

Registration fees: £25

Further information:
• For further information about the conference and/or MICaRD email
• For more information on the MICaRD network see: connectivity-and-regional-development-micard
• For information on the Regional Studies Association visit:

Event organisers
Dr Gary Bosworth, School of Geography, University of Lincoln, UK
Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK
Dr Ruth McAreavey, Newcastle University, UK
Dr Danica Šantić, Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dr Adam Ploszaj, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland.

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