IMISCOE Web Directory - Paul Statham

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Paul Statham is Professor of Migration and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR) in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. The SCMR is one the University’s few designated Interdisciplinary Research Centres. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) that was ranked no1 in “Ethnic Studies” in the 2017 impact factor ratings. Paul convenes the Masters MA Migration Studies and the Doctoral Programme in Migration at Sussex. In 2015, he established the Sussex-Mahidol Migration Partnership (SMMP - to build a capacity in migration research between Europe and SE Asia. In 2016, a further partnership the Europe Asia Migration Network (EAMiN – was established between migration centres in the two regions, including the SCMR, MMC (Mahidol, Thailand), ARI (NUS Singapore), PRIO (Norway), BIM (Humboldt Berlin, Germany) and CUHK (Hong Kong). In Spring semester 2017, he held the position of Distinguished Professor at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Paul is a political sociologist. His current research and writing is in two broad fields. First, he studies the political accommodation of Islam and Muslim minorities in their European societies of settlement, with a focus on culture, religion and acculturation. Second, he researches on “transnational living” that results from migration, mobility and exchanges between Europe and SE Asia (Thailand) with a focus on “marriage”, wellbeing and life-course. This collaborative research programme focuses on the impacts of “transnationalism” between Thailand and the West on the life-chances of Thai people.