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School of Social and Political Science: Research


Citizens, Nations and Migration Network (CNaM Network)

Citizens, Nations and Migration Network (CNaM Network) brings together researchers (including PG students) from across the social sciences and links to policy-makers, civil society and the broader public.

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We focus on interconnections between our three themes. The pressing global issue of international migration is challenging definitions of sovereignty, citizenship, nationhood and identities. From the movement of people out of the Middle East and Africa, driven by war and state failure, to the referendum on the UK’s EU membership, migration has become the lightning rod for wider tensions facing liberal democracies: the politics of deservingness in an era of welfare retrenchment; the ethics of protection for the vulnerable; the electoral currency of xenophobic and anti-EU populism; and the continued salience of national citizenship when political and social rights are also derived from membership at municipal, devolved and supra-national levels.

Through a combination of high-profile public events, an annual members’ meeting and internal ‘work in progress’ seminars focusing on intersections between our themes in Scotland, the UK and around the globe, the CNaM Network promotes research initiatives on migration and provides a space for collaboration within and outside the university.

Enquiries and applications from prospective postgraduate students are especially welcome. Please see the Members page for details of potential supervisors. To contact the group's convenors send an email to

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