Institute for Area and Migration Studies (AMIS)

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Institute unites Area and Migration studies to develop a research-intensive environment and culture. We aim to produce world-leading outputs to impact societies, economies, cultures, and governments.

Our academics conduct world-leading research on Area studies and/or Migration studies. We work collaboratively across different universities, schools, and disciplines, as well as different regions of the world.

We're an established leading institution in research, innovation and knowledge exchange. Our ambition is to create prosperity and opportunity in the communities it serves.

Our institute draws together three important pillars as the basis of its activities: Teaching, Research and Innovation.

These key pillars help enable and promote:

  • Collaborative research
  • Professional development
  • Training and support for PhD and early career researchers
  • Public engagement activities
  • New opportunities for collaboration and learning.

The institute's diverse global community and interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and innovation ensure quality outputs. This setup enables us to advance world-leading research in the following ways:

  • Research

    We develop an interdisciplinary research-intensive environment and culture. This ensures we produce world-leading outputs that impact societies, economies, cultures, and governments.
  • Knowledge exchange

    We attract opportunities for mobilising knowledge, support new researchers, and share public policy and creative practice.
  • Public engagement

    We host local and global events - fostering engagement with communities and the wider public.
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Our academics

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Professor Alan Rice
Professor in English and American Studies
School of Psychology and Humanities

Alan is Director of the UCLan Research Centre in Migration, Diaspora and Exile and Co-Director of the Institute for Black Atlantic Research. Alan's scholarship has led to collaborative projects with museums and community organisations. He has published 3 monographs and many artic…

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Professor Niki J.P. Alsford
Professor in Asia Pacific Studies
School of Psychology and Humanities

Niki Alsford is a Professor in Asia Pacific Studies. As an anthropologist, Alsford welcomes proposals for doctoral research on society and culture within the Asia Pacific region. He is particularly keen on proposals pertaining to Taiwan and the wider Pacific Ocean. In addition, h…