Hamilton Public Lecture Series - Migration: geography, desire and inequality

10 October 2019

Migration is a complex reality that involves a vast array of experiences, patterns, outcomes, imaginations, feelings, aspirations and politics. Too often, however, migration is viewed from the privileged position of nation and citizen where movement is seen as a disruptive force and migrants as a problem in need of management. Mainstream migration studies tends to endorse this view of migration through its persistent focus on nation-states, emphasis on individual rational choice and by obscuring the variety of inequalities that create and are created in migration.

In his Hamilton Public Lecture, Professor Francis L. Collins will address the question of migration, the indirect route he has taken to become a migration researcher and his own discomfort with some of the core claims of the field of migration studies. The presentation will also outline three of the key areas in which Francis has sought to challenge established approaches to researching migration: geography, desire and inequality.

Firstly, Francis will explore how a focus on the geographies of cities, everyday life and the organisation of migration can enhance our understanding of the transformative effects involved in migration, the multiple actors who influence urban change and the significance of migrant lives and stories in understanding how people become part of social life.

Secondly, he turns to the concept of desire, a term that challenges the presumption in much migration research that people move as a result of rational choice, make migration decisions at a single point in time and do so indepedent of other social actors and forces.

Thirdly, Francis will turn to the ways in which transformations in migration policies in Aotearoa/New Zealand are fundamentally altering the character of migration and the experiences of people on the move, leading to complex inequalities, marginalisation and exploitation.

The Hamilton Public Lecture Series introduces our newest professors to the community and gives them a chance to demonstrate how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

All lectures are free, open to the public and held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Drinks and nibbles are provided from 5:15pm, prior to the lecture beginning at 5:45pm.

Latest stories

Related stories

Sociology student creating meaningful experiences for disabled youth

Emma Dalton's new role with Recreate NZ, a provider of social and recreational services to…

Greg Ward/Shutterstock

Recession hits Māori and Pasifika harder. They must be part of planning New Zealand's COVID-19 recovery

As schools and businesses reopen and attention shifts to the longer-term repercussions of the COVID-19…

Research to address inequities in maternal health services for Māori receives A Better Start National Science Challenge funding

New research by the University of Waikato aims to address inequities in maternal health services…

Covid-19 mental health survey shows participants are ‘stressed but resilient’

Psychologists at the University of Waikato have released preliminary results of their survey looking into…

Psychology expertise expands at Waikato

The University of Waikato has expanded their expertise in psychology with the addition of four…

Te Tohu Paetahi graduate credits programme for changing his life

For Anaru Palmer, a year studying te reo Māori through Te Tohu Paetahi at The…

Bachelor of Arts student takes her opportunities and graduates in record time

Jahvaya Wheki is not only the first member of her family to complete a university…

Solidarity and affective commitments have helped us “flatten the curve”

Worldwide, New Zealand has been lauded for crushing the coronavirus.

Heidi Rogers

First prize for aspiring young writer

Master of Professional Writing student, Heidi Rogers, has claimed first prize in this year’s Peter…

University of Waikato academic shortlisted in international short story competition

University of Waikato lecturer and eminent New Zealand writer Catherine Chidgey has been named this…

Researchers focussed on tackling the difficult environmental decisions

A team of University of Waikato researchers, led by Professor Iain White, have received $625,000…

New online survey launched on New Zealanders' mental health during lockdown

A new online survey from researchers at the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology asks…