Exploring migrants' responses in contexts of 'unsettling events'

Senior Professor of Sociology and Director of London Met’s Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, Louise Ryan, gave the keynote lecture at a recent migration conference.

Date: 19 January 2021

Louise Ryan, Senior Professor of Sociology at London Met this week gave the opening keynote lecture to the international migration conference, The Anxieties of Migration and Integration in Turbulent Times, hosted by the University of Tallinn, Estonia.

Her lecture, Dis-embedding or re-embedding? Exploring migrants' responses in contexts of 'unsettling events,' explored Brexit and the Pandemic as two examples of 'unsettling events' that could disrupt migration projects. The paper drew on data from Louise's work with EU migrants in London collected longitudinally over several repeated interviews.

The presentation brought together two concepts that Louise has been developing with colleagues - 'differentiated embedding' and 'unsettling events,' which are considered closely in a recent peer-reviewed article.

Louise is Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre. She has been working on migration for almost two decades and has become a leading scholar in the field of migrant social networks. Her work is pioneering in the field of qualitative social network analysis and she has written many highly cited papers on that topic. She is currently co-editing two special issues (Global Networks and Social Networks), with colleagues, on specific dimensions on social network analysis. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming book for the IMISCOE book series and is writing a monograph on Migration and Social Networks. In 2015 her contribution to migration research was awarded with a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The conference was funded as part of the Horizon2020 Project MIRnet. Professor Ryan’s lecture is available on Youtube.

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