International Conference

Migrating out of Poverty: From Evidence to Policy

Tues 28 March and Wed 29 March, 2017
at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in London



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The Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium is holding its 'From Evidence to Policy' conference at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London on 28th and 29th March 2017. In keeping with MOOP research, there will a strong focus on the intersection of gender and migration. Bringing researchers and practitioners together, this conference will link evidence and policy from a number of the major themes of our research, including:

• migration brokerage
• intra-household dynamics
• youth aspirations
• the making of migration policy
• remittances
• migration and poverty and
• migrants’ journeys


Our keynote speakers have confirmed, and we are pleased to announce that both Michael Clemens and Julia O'Connell Davidson will be speaking.

Presenters have been confirmed, and all our programme spaces filled. After the start of January, there will be a second set of tickets available on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who wish to attend the conference as attendees ONLY. Please keep an eye out here, on our conference webpages for updates.




Where can I keep up-to-date on the conference?

The Migrating out of Poverty conferenece webpages


Where can I contact the organisers with any questions?


Where are the organisers staying?

IBIS London Euston St. Pancras


Can I book this hotel?

Please email if you wish to stay at this hotel. We can organise a reservation that you will need to pay directly. Including bed and breakfast we have a rate of £136 per night, but it may be possible to get a better rate if you book directly via the internet.


How to arrive:

Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick serve our conference location well.

The nearest train station is Euston/St.Pancras

The nearest underground station is Russell Square. 

Further information regarding location will be sent closer to the conference dates. 


How can I engage in Social Media about the conference:

See below and use the hashtag: #MOOPconf



New patterns of mobility are continuously shaping and being shaped by macro processes of globalisation on the one hand and local processes embedded in culture, class, ethnicity and race on the other hand. New transnational alliances, actors and institutions are shaping the “power geometry” of migration by determining who migrates, why, where, and under what circumstances. Gendered and ethnic identities have pushed men and women into certain types of migrant labour and created specific niches and segmented labour markets where some forms of work are feminized and ascribed a lower market value. 

This international conference invites decision makers, funders, scholars, and practitioners to explore these new configurations of mobility, particularly those of poorer social groups. Our aim is to inform migration policy based on contextualised and intersectional understandings of migration. The conference is structured around two key notes; four plenaries providing critical insights into cutting-edge research and the translation of research into evidence for policy; and four parallel sessions with three streams of panels. It is hosted by the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Taking as our point of departure on-going research within the consortium, we invite papers and multimedia contributions addressing the themes described below. We would like all submissions to take gender differences into consideration and focus on both men and women. We hope the conference will highlight how emerging evidence on migration and poverty can promote more effective policy interventions to ensure the benefits of migration and reduce its costs and risks for poor people.





The CALL is now CLOSED

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Submission deadline: Friday 30 September 2016

Successful proposals notified by: Tuesday 8 November 2016

Full paper or multimedia submissions due: Tuesday 7 March 2017

Funding:  We will have limited funding available for those who present a strong proposal, funding case and have no other funding available.

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