Professor Sergei Shubin

Professor Sergei Shubin

Professor, Geography

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I am a Professor and Director of the Centre of Migration Policy Research at Swansea University, one of the UK’s leading centres of migration studies. My interests in migration studies and mobility and inequality have been developed through international research and teaching experiences in Russia, UK, France, New Zealand and Canada.

For the last 10 years, I have attracted £8.04 mn in research funding, including Horizon2020 award for research on Perceptions of migration in the EU, ESRC award for research on cross-European migration and settlement in Scotland, RCUK funding for inter-disciplinary research on well-being and poverty alleviation in the Amazon (ESPA), Bangladesh and India (BBSRC, Newton Fund, GCRF, UKAid). I have also secured funding from the British Council to lead multi-disciplinary international research teams in France and Portugal working on migrant integration. Over the last 6 years, I worked on several large externally-funded projects as Swansea’s Principal Investigator, securing funding and supporting six post-doctoral researchers.

My varied research outputs include multi-disciplinary publications with anthropologists, economists, historians, education scholars and health scientists, as well as 3 exhibitions, 4 short films, multi-lingual children’s storybook and an article in one of the highest circulation broadsheet newspapers.

In the last 6 years, I supervised 12 PhD students, including 4 ESRC-funded studentships. I have secured peer-reviewed national and international PhD grants for 8 students, and developed first-of-its-kind joint (double) PhD degree scheme with one of the world-leading universities, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Inequality: poverty and social exclusion
  • Critical geographies of development
  • Moving geographies: mobilities and migrations
  • Care, relation and community
  • Time and temporality
  • Post-socialism and Russia
  • Rural geographies
  • Health, “madness”

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
2016 Youth Summer School “Geography in the Modern World” in Kaluga region.

My interests in geographies of migration, inequality and development have been established through my international teaching experiences in Russia, UK, France and Canada. One of my area of teaching interests is Moving geographies: mobilities and migrations. It explores the diversity of mobile experiences (physical movement, imaginative mobilities, labour migrations, spiritual mobilities) as a part of people’s ways of live. My teaching in this area is research-led and draws on my projects and publications, which reconsider times of migration, appropriate forms of mobility, mobile subjectivities and socio-spatial exclusion of migrants. I am actively working with the Welsh schools, international artists, migrant groups and museums to encourage different thinking about journeys, settlement and migration –find more about this in this film.

Research Award Highlights Collaborations