Professor Nicola Phillips joined the Department of Politics in May 2012 as a Professor of Political Economy. She arrived at her now long-standing interests in global migration by the route of her longer-standing preoccupation with the global political economy of development, which continually led her to questions of human mobility in understanding the dynamics of global economic change and development across the world. She approaches questions of migration from a political economy vantage point, and is especially interested in its connections with global labour markets, patterns of labour exploitation in global production, and the ‘migration-development nexus’. She has published widely on all of these themes.
Between 2010 and 2013, she held a Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust, for research on forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy. Her work has also been supported recently by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, and she has been awarded a number of Visiting Fellowships, most recently at the Australian National University and the University of British Columbia. She is currently the vice-chair and chair-elect of the British International Studies Association.