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  • Project contributors: Findlay A, Falkingham J, McCollum D, Prazeres L, Malmberg G, Krisjane Z, Sander N,

    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Migration and Mobility


    Student mobility is not new, but its scale and significance is very different now from in the past. In the UK, arguably, no other form of mobility has been so strongly influenced by recent policy changes (student visas, the introduction of higher HEI fees in England).

    This research investigates inward-bound international student mobility (ISM) as an empirical lens to examine the wider issue of how globally-linked lives intersect through mobility (and immobility) in relation to economic, social and cultural processes and constraints. Student mobility (SM) between the four nations of the UK will also be studied to capture the effects of uneven regional policies on student fees.

    Key question: 'How is the production of student migration best explained?' Key policy question: 'What future trends in ISM to the UK and SM between the parts of the UK can be expected, given government policy on ISM and university fees?

    The primary focus is on ISM to the UK, but comparisons will be sought with a) Austria and Sweden (as two other significant intra-EU destinations of ISM), and b) Ireland and Latvia (locations sending students to the UK for very different reasons).

    Publications & Activities

    Fees, flows and imaginaries: exploring the destination choices arising from intra-national student mobility
    Globalisation, Societies and Education (2017). 16 (2) 162-175
    Authors: Findlay A, McCollum D, Packwood H, Tindal S,

    Keynote: The Importance of Context in Framing Conceptualisations of Student Mobility
    International Workshop on International Student Migration and Mobility: Policy Perspectives (2016). (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
    Authors: Findlay A,

    It was always the plan': international study as 'learning to migrate'
    International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility (2016). (Loughborough, UK)
    Authors: Prazeres L, Findlay A,

    Findlay A, King R, Stam A, (2016) Chapter 2 - Producing International Student Migration: An Exploration of the Role of Marketization in Shaping International Study Opportunities in Rethinking International Skilled Migration
    Routledge, 19-35.

    Leaving the 'comfort zone': international student mobility and the imaginative geographies of the Global South
    International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility (2016). (Loughborough, UK)
    Authors: Prazeres L,

    Fees, flows and fantasies: cross-border student migration flows between Scotland and England
    8th International Conference on Population Geographies (2015). (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
    Authors: Findlay A, Packwood H, McCollum D,