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Capturing everyday mobility drivers to better understand the complexity of human mobility dynamics in the Great Lakes region.

'Children abandoned to their own fate' in Lubumbashi, taken by PhotoVoice participant
'Children abandoned to their own fate' in Lubumbashi, taken by PhotoVoice participant

Project objectives

  • To identify migration patterns in the region and understand the extent to which they might be impacted by conflict; the extent to which they impact migration decision-making during displacement; and the extent to which pre-existing migration patterns are re-established as conflict subsides.
  • To document and analyse mobility associated with broader social processes: including seasonal and rural–urban migration; migration for education, marriage, or employment; and trade related mobility.
  • To develop a methodology and conceptual framework to analyse mobility patterns throughout the region – and potentially in other conflict settings.

This focus on everyday patterns of movement in this region contributes greatly to our understanding of how social, cultural and urbanisation dynamics intersect with individual agency and material constraints, which regulate access to mobility for aspirant migrants in today’s globalised world.

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Research team

Selected publications

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Research design

Empirical research was undertaken in Bukavu or Lubumbashi (DR Congo), Kampala (Uganda), Eldoret (Kenya).

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