Have we had enough of experts? Is rational debate becoming overrated?
The movement of people is a pressing concern now more than ever, with the worldwide refugee crisis and Brexit on the horizon.
In this evening of lively discussions, UCL researchers will try to influence what you think about migration, culture and ideas of identity.
You'll have the chance to share your views by voting on questions around migration and its impact on our lives. Can our researchers change your mind before the end of the night?
Tom Bailey is a theatre director and performance maker, producing work through his award-winning theatre company, Mechanimal. In 2017 Tom was Leverhulme artist in residence at UCL, researching into both human and animal migration. During the residency he created a theatre show on this subject, Zugunruhe, which went on to receive critical acclaim and an award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. Recently, Tom has been creating theatre projects in Norway and Egypt, and is currently artist in residence at Earth Sciences, Bristol University. He is also currently creating a new show, Vigil, in collaboration with UCL - this time exploring animal extinction.
Dr Mette Louise Berg
Mette is a lecturer in the Anthropology of Migration who is particularly interested in the cost of migration on human lives.
Alexandra Bulat is an ESRC-funded PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), UCL. Her PhD research compares attitudes towards EU migrants in two local authority areas in England - Newham and Tendring. Recently she worked on an LSE project 'Understanding Brexit: impacts at a local level", focussing on the case study of Barnet, London. Previously, she mainly researched the experiences of Romanian migrants in the UK. Alexandra is also the Chair of Young Europeans, part of the citizens' rights organisation the3million
Dr Christian Dustmann
Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at University College London. He is also the founding Director of
the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. He is the current president of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE), and was the President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in 2008. Professor Dustmann is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE). He is a leading labour economist and his work in areas such as migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets have appeared in academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues
Dr Michela Franceschelli
Michela is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sociology for the BSc Social Sciences whose research focuses on the influences of migration, class and culture on identity, belonging, transitions to adulthood and intergenerational dynamics. She recently made a documentary film on Lampedusa's struggle with the influx of migrants who arrive there as the first port of arrival to Europe for the thousands attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Dr Humera Iqbal
Dr Humera Iqbal is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at University College London. Humera’s research interests centre on the identity and lived experiences of migrant and minority families and young people. She is also interested in how individuals from these groups access institutions and the impact of generation on family life. Her work in this area has included research on child language brokers, and friendship practices of children and adults in highly diverse settings. She is also interested in mental health and wellbeing in young people particularly from minority and migrant groups and in how cultural heritage based non-clinical interventions, such as museum practice can help improve wellbeing and foster belonging. Humera uses mixed methods, arts and film-based methods in her research.
Dr Richard Mole
Richard Mole is Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. His most recent research examined the relationship between sexuality and migration, with a particular focus on LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers from Russia, Poland and Brazil in Berlin and London. He is currently Director of Research of a Horizon 2020 Framework Programme examining populism in Central and Eastern Europe, which has been awarded €3,000,000 by the European Union to fund 35 projects at UCL and at six European partners. His edited volume on Soviet and Post-Soviet Sexualities was published by Routledge in March 2019.