Our research team is concerned with understanding processes of globalisation and social transformation. In particular, we are interested in the role different forms of (im)mobilities play in the context of education and work. By adopting a multi-scalar perspective, we contribute to interdisciplinary debates about the production of social inequalities and unequal power relations.


Education – Processes of internationalisation are changing the ways in which education is provided and attained. In view of these global developments, we examine how various actors – be it students, universities, private consultancies or national policymakers – negotiate increasingly complex education markets. In particular, we address questions about the practices and imaginaries associated with international higher education and student migration.

Work – International division of labour and economic restructuring are fundamental to processes of globalisation. Based on multi-sited field research, we explore the connections between people’s livelihood strategies, gender roles and patterns of migration. Through our work with both skilled and unskilled migrants, we contribute to debates about identity politics and mobile livelihoods.

(Im)Mobility – People’s life chances are increasingly shaped by various forms of mobility. We are interested in mapping the mobility of images, objects and people across different scales with a view to understanding to what extent and how enhanced levels of mobility may foster existing social inequalities and even generate new ones. Based on qualitative research, we specifically scrutinize which meanings are being ascribed to forms of mobility and immobility in contemporary social thought.


The regional loci of our research projects are South and Central Asia (specifically Nepal, India, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) as well as Europe (specifically Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain).

Central to our work is the knowledge exchange with a range of stakeholders, including colleagues, research participants and policymakers. We are committed to making our research findings widely accessible. In order to maximise the impact, we make use of participatory methods, contribute to policy dialogues and publish our findings in various formats tailored to the needs of research users. We invite anyone interested in our work to contact us and join the discussion.


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