Social Networks and Migration: relocations, relationships and resources

Professor Louise Ryan publishes pioneering new book on social networks and migration.

16 January 2023

In her new book published in January 2023, Professor Louise Ryan, Director of the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, breaks new ground in understanding social networks in contexts of migration.

The book Social Networks and Migration: relocations, relationships and resources, advances Louise’s pioneering work on qualitative social network analysis, drawing on the rich biographical narratives of migrants. The book brings together, for the first time, Louise’s varied studies carried out over the past 20 years. From post-war migrants from the Caribbean, to refugees from the Middle East, to Polish and Irish migrants in the 21st century, the book explores changes but also continuities in how diverse migrants access and build social networks in London.

Professor Ryan, who joined London Metropolitan University in 2020, is a leading expert on migration and was awarded a fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2015 for her contribution to migration research. In 2022 she was named among the mostly cited scholars in the world.

Her new book is an important contribution at the cutting edge of social network analysis and migration research. The book has been praised by leading migration scholars. Professor Russell King of the University of Sussex has said: this book by one of the most prolific scholars of migration offers deep insights into how migrants’ social networks function and evolve over time. Stunningly original and essential reading!”

While Professor Basak Bilecen of the University of Groningen, Netherlands, described the book as “A stunning piece of scholarship that explores how migrants’ personal relationships are constantly changing by the new framework of telling network stories. Through an empirically rich and analytically innovative book, Ryan makes an indispensable contribution to qualitative network analysis in migration research.”

Read a blog post by Louise Ryan about the role of social  networks in how migrants’ encounter and navigate lives in London.

Watch Louise talking about her recent book

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