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Professor Bridget Anderson


  • BS8 1TU


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Research interests

Bridget Anderson is the Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship. Her post is split between the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Bridget has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She co-edited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Her work explores the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. Her interest in labour demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as on migrants. Bridget has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international levels.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Gender Research Group

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Research Output

About time too: Migration, Documentation and Temporalities

Anderson, B., 3 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) Paper Trais: migrants, documents and legal insecurity in the global north. Heyman, J. & Horton, S. (eds.). Duke University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Just Deserts: Justice, deservingness and social assistance

    Anderson, B. & Dupont, P-L., 1 Aug 2019, 48 p.

    Research output: Working paperWorking paper and Preprints

    Open Access
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    More Equal than Others: negotiating the boundaries of citizenship

    Anderson, B., 13 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) Precarity and Belonging: labor, migration and non-citizenship. Rutgers University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Prizes

    Honorary Doctorate

    Anderson, Bridget (Recipient), 24 Oct 2018

    Prize: National/international honour