USFD – The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield (USFD) is one of the largest UK universities, with over 25,000 students (7,000 postgraduate) from 116 countries and over 6,000 staff. It has a global reputation for both teaching and research. The Sheffield team is led by Prof Louise Ryan the Co-Director of the Sheffield Migration Research Group (MRG), an interdisciplinary network of scholars conducting world-leading and high impact research on international migration and mobility. The MRG is an institutional member of International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), Europe’s largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration. The other USFD team members are Professor Majella Kilkey (Co-Director of the MRG), Dr Hannah Lewis, Dr Jose Marquez, Dr Thea Shahrokh (all Department of Sociological Studies) and Ryan Powell (Department of Urban Studies and Planning). The Department of Sociological Studies (SCS), according to the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ranks in the top 10 amongst the UK's Russell Group of research-intensive Universities for research output, with 79% of its research judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. SCS has a strong track record of securing externally funded research from a range of sources nationally and internationally, and through its three subject areas – sociology, social policy and social work – seeks to contribute to theory, policy and practice developments. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) is a world-leading centre for research and education in planning and a range of urban-focussed disciplines. USP ranked as the top urban studies/planning department in the country in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with 85% of research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. USP has a strong track record of securing research funding from a range of organisations and has a strong commitment to enhancing understanding of dynamic cities, and how we might better plan and manage them for all citizens.
The Sheffield team will lead the Work Package on exploring the effects of local actors on migration and integration dynamics, and will contribute significantly to the Work Package on peer and participatory action research. The Sheffield team brings knowledge and skills from the academic disciplines of Social Policy, Sociology and Geography, spanning two academic departments - Sociological Studies and Urban Studies and Planning.