International Conference on Geographies of Migration and Mobility

The first dedicated conference on the geographies of migration and mobility launched in 2016 at the University of Loughborough. The opening call for papers clearly highlighted the need for such a conference, with the aim ‘to cultivate and share different disciplinary perspectives of migration and mobilities, and to firmly fix the spotlight on the intersections between population and demographic research and the wider social science tradition of work on mobilities’. The inaugural conference celebrated the breadth and diversity of work on migration and mobility, spanning broad themes of theory, methodology, scale, embodiment, politics, social differences, communities and management.

The Population Geography Research Group will act as the steering committee for iMigMob, managing the handover to local conference organisers for the biennial event. Details of future and past iMigMob conferences can be found here.

iMigMob 2022: St Andrews

The 3rd International Conference on Migration and Mobilities will be hosted by the University of St Andrews, 6-8th July 2022. The conference is orientated around four themes, chosen to reflect key contemporary conceptual and policy concerns: internal migration and urban change; forced migration and bordering; visualising mobilities; and European migration in turbulent politic. Please visit the conference website for updates.

Originally scheduled for 2020, this conference was postponed due to the pandemic.

Early Career Bursaries

The population geography research group have a number of bursaries to support early career researcher attendance at the IMigMob conference in St Andrews in 2022 ( Each bursary consists of £100 to contribute towards the cost of attending the conference. If you receive a bursary, you will need to write a blog post about the conference for the population geography research group blog (

Priority will be given to applicants who are part of the population geography research group of the RGS-IBG (to join, please see ) and have submitted an abstract to the conference.

We define ‘early career’ broadly to include postgraduates and those other colleagues who are not in permanent employment.

To apply for a bursary, please send the following to the population geography research group committee by email (, by 5pm (GMT) on the 14th of February 2022.

  1. Your name and contact details
  2. Whether you are a member of the Population Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG
  3. Whether you have submitted an abstract for consideration at ImigMob 2022
  4. Whether you have alternative means of funding for the conference.
  5. 100-word statement about why you are applying for the bursary

Applications close at 5pm (GMT) on the 14th of February 2022.  We will let applicants know if they have been successful by the 22nd of February 2022.

Previous Conferences

iMigMob 2018: University of Plymouth

Conference abstract

Discussions of migration and mobilities feature prominently in our everyday lives. The often competing discourses debated by politicians and the media regarding the movement of people, of products and services, of resources and pollution, of ideas and beliefs have greatly influenced the ways in which people consider and contest notions of distance, proximity, territory and belonging and the (in)equitability involved in this. Within the academy, the rapidly changing shape of the world in terms of governance, finance, resources, war, terrorism etc. has encouraged migration and mobilities experts to challenge the theories and concepts we employ to explore, interpret and evaluate movement at a range of spatial and temporal scales to respond to a myriad of societal changes.

The first International Migration and Mobilities conference at Loughborough University in July 2016 successfully created a space through which these patterns and processes of migration and mobilities could be interrogated by drawing together scholars from across both fields to cultivate and share new ideas. Through the second conference in this series we build upon these themes and seek to draw these fields even closer to explore more critically how the intersections between migration and mobilities might contribute towards new understandings of contemporary societal debates through an interdisciplinary lens.

This two-day conference will be broadly organised around the themes of:

  • Theoretical and conceptual understandings of / interconnections between migration and mobility studies;
  • Methodological approaches for researching migration and mobilities;
  • Scales of migration and mobilities and the impact upon borders and boundaries;
  • Experiencing migration and mobilities through embodied performances – of ‘being mobile’;
  • The politicization of migration and mobilities that (de)enable / (dis)empower;
  • The role of intersectionality in migration and mobility that might affect the ability to move equitably (e.g. age, gender, class, religion, sexuality, ethnicity race etc.);
  • The role of community and belonging in critiquing the categorisations associated with migration and mobilities (e.g. Diaspora, (home)lands, (dis)connections and the search for belonging);
  • The role of structural actors in shaping and managing migration and mobilities (e.g. governments, cities, institutions, industries, agencies etc.).

iMigMob 2016: University of Loughborough

Conference abstract

In the ‘age of migration’, where migration and mobilities are prominent daily and emotive topics on the radar of media, politicians, and wider populations, debating the processes and patterns of sub-national and international movements are imperative.  Yet, a dedicated international conference on these ‘geographies’ of migration and mobility is currently lacking, and opportunities to debate the spatialities of migration and mobility are limited.  Understandings can be enriched by bringing together scholars, whose work deepens knowledge of the movement of people across space, as migration (e.g. Castles, Champion, Cooke, Ellis, King, Wright) or mobility (e.g. Adey, Bissell, Cresswell, Merriman) unfolds within and across neighbourhoods, local, regional, national, continental boundaries and borders.  In proposing this new conference, our aim is to cultivate and share different disciplinary perspectives of migration and mobilities, and to firmly fix the spotlight on the intersections between population and demographic research and the wider social science tradition of work on mobilities.

The conference will be organised on the broad themes of:

  • Theory: The (dis)connections between migration and mobility, i.e. the differences and similarities in theorising migration and mobility.
  • Methodology: How do we research migration/mobility?
  • Scale: Situating migration/mobility at, and across, a variety of scales including the local, nation, global and internal/international boundaries.
  • Embodiment: Migration/mobility as sensory experiences; migration and mobility as performative, in-the-making, rhythmic, on the move.
  • Politics: the politicization of migration/mobilities; migration/mobilities as enabling/empowering.
  • Social differences? The role that factors such as time, place, gender, class, religion, play in migration and mobility and how they intersect.
  • Communities: Dissecting/unravelling groups and categories of migration/mobility; Diaspora, (home)lands, (dis)connections and the search for belonging.
  • Management: Actors (cities, states, agencies,  traffickers, industries) involved in the management of migration/mobilities.