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Kkowledge, power & policy on immigration

Starts: 02/07/2010 - 11:00am
Ends: 02/07/2010 - 4:00pm

Location: ICOSS (Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences), University of Sheffield

This workshop aims to explore the politics and power of knowledge of, for, and about immigration policies. The event is part-funded by the ESRC as part of a post-doctoral research grant which was awarded to Dr Balch on the subject of the impact of knowledge and ideas in the policy process. The workshop is intended to serve as a platform for discussion, bringing together academics, experts and policymakers to discuss the implications of new practices of knowledge management for policymaking and the politics of immigration.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, but space is limited so if you are interested in attending, please email

Organiser: Alex Balch (University of Sheffield)

Programme (subject to changes in order)

- 11.00-11.30 - Arrival, coffee
- 11.30-13.00 - Session 1
Eiko Thielemann (London School of Economics and Political Science) 'How Does Policy Differ? Creating a Comparative Immigration Policy Index'
Daniel Wunderlich (University of Bath): Europeanisation through the Grapevine: Interorganisational Communication in EU External Migration Policy
Chair: Paul James Cardwell (University of Sheffield)
Discussant: Andrew Geddes (University of Sheffield)
- 13.00-14.00 - Lunch
- 14.00-15.30 - Session 2
Alex Balch (University of Sheffield): The Politics of Knowledge and Managing Migration in the UK
James Hamphsire (University of Sussex): Seeing like a Migration State: Technology, Legibility, and the Management of European Borders
Chair: Andrew Geddes (University of Sheffield)
Discussant: Sarah Spencer (COMPAS - Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford)
- 15.30-16.00 - Closing discussion