Free open Job in Wales Exploring the Role of Cultural Capital in the Macro-regional Integration of Migrants from the New Member States in France and the UK at Swansea University

Swansea University and University of Sorbonne PhD Scholarship 2018/2019

Start date: 1 January 2019

Recent migration from the accession countries in the EU presents an exciting context exploring international movements due to the large number of people involved in migration, complex settlement transitions and significant variations in migrants’ integration. It has been argued that the circular movement of New Member States (NMS) migrants to Western Europe represents a new migration system (Favell, 2008), where transnational mobility is not solely driven by economic reasons and reflects wider lifestyle choices and cultural motivations (Cook et al., 2011; Luthra et al., 2014). The predominant focus on either the practices of the movement of migrants or the role of structural factors in shaping mobilities (Rodriguez, 2004) highlights the growing need to develop an integrative approach linking together macro, meso and micro level processes of migration and integration.

The research will be carried out in 4 cities in Wales and France: Swansea and Cardiff (as a Wales capital) in the UK (‘Cities of Sanctuary’ that provide specific support for migrants), and Paris (as a French capital); and another city that will be chosen in France do not have commitment to providing help to migrants, a regional centre in France not too far from Paris (maybe Poitiers). This project considers migration impacts both at national scale and local scales and within urban contexts.


Academic requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in human geography or cognate social science discipline.
  • For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.
  • Candidates must also be fluent in French. An advanced level in French is required. It should correspond to the ‘Proficient User’ Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or equivalent.
  • Candidates must be proficient in the use of both qualitative research methods (interviews, analysis of photo and video material) and quantitative methods (statistical surveys). These methods will be used to carry out discourse analysis and online surveys, for example.

Residency criteria:

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding Details

This is a three-year fully-funded scholarship which covers UK/EU tuition fees and a monthly stipend of approximately €1,350/£1,195. This project is jointly funded by the College of Science, Swansea University and LabEx DynamiTe. Swansea University and LabEx DynamiTe will each finance 18 months.


The student will spend 18 months at LabEx DynamiTe and 18 months at CMPR, Swansea University.


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