The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
I came to the Migration Studies programme as a human rights barrister looking to move into the international development sector and focus on migration-related issues. I chose the course and ODID because of the fantastic reputation of both and the diverse research interests of the staff. I quickly found myself absorbed in the course content and engaged by both my lecturers and my peers, and wrote my dissertation on issues surrounding human trafficking, labour exploitation and ‘modern slavery’.
After graduating, I moved to Mongolia (a country with which I fell in love some years ago whilst travelling) to work for the International Labour Organization (ILO) on international labour standards, including those pertaining to forced labour, human trafficking and migrant workers’ rights. More recently, I have worked as a consultant for other organisations, again, at the intersection between migration, human rights and labour rights. Not only did my degree equip me to better understand these issues and work in this field, but I also left ODID with a network of friends, both fellow students and lecturers, with whom I have remained in close contact.
I quickly found myself absorbed in the course content and engaged by both my lecturers and my peers.