Nando Sigona


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Nando Sigona welcomes proposals in the following areas:

Forced displacement and globalisation
Sociology of statelessness
Dual citizenship and the experiences of dual citizens
The intersection between migration, rights and citizenship
Everyday experiences of superdiversity
Neoliberalism, globalisation and governance of human mobility
The politics of refugee voices and silences
Romani politics and anti-Gypsyism
Undocumented migrants and experiences of ‘illegality’ through generations
Child and family migration
Transnationalism and diasporas
Freedom of movement and intra-EU mobility


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Personal profile


Professor Nando Sigona  is Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement at the University of Birmingham, UK where he teaches sociology of migration, displacement and citizenship. He is the Director of the Institute for Research into International Migration and Superdiversity (IRIS). Nando is also Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, visiting professorial fellow at Utrecht University and Senior Research Affiliate at ODI. His research interests include: statelessness, diasporas and the state; Romani politics and anti-Gypsyism; ‘illegality’ and the everyday experiences of undocumented migrant children and young people; asylum in Europe and the Mediterranean region; intra-EU mobility and the making of EU citizenship.

His work has appeared in a range of international academic journals, including Sociology, Social Anthropology, Antipode, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities, Critical Social Policy, Sociological Review, Citizenship Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is author or editor of books and journal’s special issues including Becoming Adult of the Move (with Elaine Chase and Dawn Chatty, Palgrave, 2023), Undocumented migration (Polity, 2019), Unravelling the EU's 'migration crisis (Policy Press, 2018), Romani politics in contemporary Europe: poverty, ethnic mobilisation and the neoliberal order (with Nidhi Trehan, Palgrave, 2009), Refugee Community Organisations and Dispersal: Networks, Resources and Social Capital (with David Griffiths and Roger Zetter, Policy Press, 2005), The Roma in the new EU: Polices, Frames and Everyday Experiences (with Peter Vermeersch, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2012), and Rifugio Europa? (Studi Emigrazione, 2006). He co-edited (with Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Loescher and Long) The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014), The Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity (with Fran Meissner and Steven Vertovec, OUP, 2022) and co-author (with Bloch and Zetter) Sans Papiers. The social and economic lives of undocumented migrants (Pluto Press, 2014). Nando is also a founding editor of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press, and Editor in Chief of Bristol University Press book series 'Global migration and social change'.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • HM Sociology
  • Migration
  • refugee
  • diversity
  • citizenship


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