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Geography: How Does The Discipline Of Geography Help Us Understand The Contemporary Migration ‘Crisis’ In Europe? University Tutorial With Dr Kavita Ramakrishnan & Lauren Scott From University of East Anglia

24th May 2023 @ 14:00 - 14:45

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In this live interactive Geography/International Development tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Kavita Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor in Geography and International Development in the School of International Development at University of East Anglia, who will explore Migration, asking How Does the Discipline of Geography Help Us Understand the Contemporary Migration ‘Crisis’ in Europe?Kavita is joined by Lauren Scott, a final year student who has carried out challenging research into the social media response to Government plans to detain and remove people to Rwanda.

This session introduces processes of migration from a geographical perspective, with a particular focus on migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. More specifically, we will explore the following question: why are current conversations on migration so fraught and how might we centre Black lives in our understandings? We will explore the colonial legacies that have shaped Europe’s borders, and the varied effects contemporary dominant discourses of migration have on policy. We will look through examples from social media and mainstream news outlets to think about public sentiments and debates over migration.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in the Headliner recorded resource below which offers insights into the key academic research and debate related to this fascinating topic. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.


The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Kavita Ramakrishnan


This session is part of UEA’s International Development Series. Please see other forthcoming events in the series by clicking below:


UEA’s International Development Series



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying International Development, Geography and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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24th May 2023
14:00 - 14:45
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