Bristol Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies

Moving in the past, moving in the present.

The Bristol Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies (BIMMS) takes an exciting and innovative approach to studying the movement of people.

We combine perspectives from arts and social sciences, bringing together current analysis and observation, historical evidence, philosophy, and sociological and legal theory. This interdisciplinarity and engagement with policy, practice and theory enables us both to better understand contemporary mobilities and to reflect on what responses to migration tell us about the states and places where migrants live.

An interdisciplinary hub for research on human mobilities, BIMMS is an interconnected body of academics and researchers; a source of thought leadership and expert commentary. We work beyond the boundaries of our University to push the boundaries of our subject. We have strong relationships with other research centres across the world, and we are part of the landscape of organisations involved in migration: local to international. Our work at Bristol is linked by a common interest in the social, economic and cultural consequences of mobilities for moving populations and their communities by bringing understanding to where, why and how people move, both within and across international borders.  We are part of a City of Sanctuary, and aim to contribute our knowledge, relationships and experience to make experiences of movement better for all.



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Collaborative working

Our work with openDemocracy's Beyond Trafficking and Slavery bring migration and mobility scholarship to bear on current debates on forced labour, trafficking and slavery. 

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