Professor Bridget Anderson

Professor Bridget Anderson

Professor Bridget Anderson
Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship

1.01, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Bristol,
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Telephone Number (0117) 9288380
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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.

Fields of interest

Citizenship rights, migration, immigration, labour demand, labour market flexibilities, trafficking, modern day slavery, state enforcement, deportation, immigration, migration temporalities

Latest publications

  1. Dupont, P-L, Anderson, B & Vicol, D-O, 2019, ‘Working for benefits: Deservingness and discrimination in the British social security system’., pp. 1-56
  2. Dupont, P-L & Anderson, B, 2019, ‘Imperial reminders: Arguing about statues and commemoration in Oxford’., pp. 1-37
  3. Anderson, B & Dupont, P-L, 2019, ‘Just Deserts: Justice, deservingness and social assistance’., pp. 1-39
  4. Anderson, B, 2019, ‘New Directions in Migration Studies: Towards Methodological Denationalism’. Comparative Migration Studies.
  5. Anderson, B, 2019, ‘New directions in migration studies: towards methodological de-nationalism’. Comparative Migration Studies, vol 7.
  6. Anderson, B, 2019, ‘About time too: Migration, Documentation and Temporalities’. in: Josiah Heyman, Sarah Horton (eds) Paper Trais: migrants, documents and legal insecurity in the global north. Duke University Press
  7. Anderson, B, 2019, ‘More Equal than Others: negotiating the boundaries of citizenship’. in: Precarity and Belonging: labor, migration and non-citizenship. Rutgers University Press
  8. Medland, L, Anderson, B, Bales, K, Bogg, A, Novitz, T, Davidson, JO, Pitts, FH & Turnbull, P, 2018, ‘The 'future' of work? A call for the recognition of continuities in challenges for conceptualising work and its regulation’. School of Law, University of Bristol
  9. Dupont, P-L & Anderson, B, 2018, ‘UK report on the economic struggles of young mothers and migrant domestic workers’., pp. 1-61
  10. Anderson, B & Dupont, P-L, 2018, ‘'How does it feel to be a problem?': What we can learn about justice as political representation from empirical case studies’., pp. 1-32

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