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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Dissertation Prize on the MSc in Migration Studies has been awarded to Kerilyn Schewel for her work on ‘Understanding the aspiration to stay: a case study of young adults in Senegal’. The prize is awarded at the discretion of the degree’s Exam Board each year.

The dissertation tackled the subject of immobility, an often neglected dimension of mobility, and proposed the concept of ‘acquiescent immobility’ as helpful for understanding why people do notmigrate. The Examiners felt this was an excellent, well-written and well-researched scholarly piece of work, which engaged well with a wide range of existing literature and offered an innovative expansion of Carling’s (2002) aspirations-ability model. Keri drew on quantitative and qualitative data from the EUMAGINE project, making effective use of the data while being fully cognisant of its limitations. This ambitious dissertation showed a distinctive argument and Keri will take up a place to read for the DPhil in International Development in October 2014.