Tool transforms access to migration and displacement research data

Migrants walking

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has supported the development of a new data visualisation tool that uniquely maps UKRI-funded migration and displacement research in a single, accessible place.

The tool allows users to see the scope, achievements and challenges of the UKRI migration and displacement funding landscape.

It is intended to assist researchers, policymakers, funders, and practitioners to:

  • survey the existing research portfolio
  • guide proposals for future research
  • encourage the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations across research fields, methodologies and geographies.

The tool was developed by the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. It was commissioned to develop a shared interdisciplinary and participatory strategic agenda for identifying and supporting migration research.

Geographic mapping shows the distribution of projects across the world and a catalogue of themes and subthemes such as forced displacement, environment, health and economy show the allocation of funding based on the project abstracts in Gateway to Research. You can also filter projects by discipline.

Further opportunities for research on migration and displacement

Professor Laura Hammond (The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) is the principal investigator of the Migration Leadership team that led on the design of the tool together with developers Cite. She said:

We are really excited to have this tool available. This is the first research portfolio that is now possible to explore by theme, discipline, geography, and funding source. It helps to show the wide coverage of UKRI-funded research in this area and also helps to show where there might be further opportunities for research on migration and displacement.

Top image:  Syed Tasfiq Mahmoud

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