Professor Bridget Anderson

Professor Bridget Anderson

Professor Bridget Anderson
Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship

1.09, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Bristol,
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 0848
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Bridget Anderson is the Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship. Her post is split between the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Bridget has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She co-edited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Her work explores the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. Her interest in labour demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as on migrants. Bridget has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international levels.


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Fields of interest

Citizenship rights, migration, immigration, labour demand, labour market flexibilities, trafficking, modern day slavery, state enforcement, deportation, immigration, migration temporalities

Latest publications

  1. Medland, L, Anderson, B, Bales, K, Bogg, A, Novitz, T, Davidson, JO, Pitts, FH & Turnbull, P, 2018, ‘The 'future' of work? A call for the recognition of continuities in challenges for conceptualising work and its regulation’. School of Law, University of Bristol
  2. Anderson, B, 2017, ‘Towards a new politics of migration’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 40., pp. 1527-1537
  3. Anderson, BJ, 2017, ‘The Politics of Pests: Immigration and the Invasive Other’. Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol 84., pp. 7-28
  4. Anderson, B & Hughes, V, 2016, ‘Citizenship and Its Others’. Palgrave Macmillan
  5. Anderson, B, 2015, ‘‘Heads I Win. Tails you Lose.’ Migration and the Worker Citizen’. Current Legal Problems, vol 68., pp. 179?196
  6. Anderson, B, 2015, ‘Migrant Domestic Workers: collisions and connections’. Social Politics, vol 22., pp. 636-652
  7. Anderson, B, 2014, ‘Nations, Migration and Domestic Labor: the case of the UK’. Women's studies international forum., pp. 5-12
  8. Anderson, B & Shutes, I, 2014, ‘Care and Migrant Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics’. Palgrave Macmillan
  9. Anderson, B, 2014, ‘Precarious Pasts, Precarious Futures’. in: Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law. Oxford University Press, Corby, pp. 29-43

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