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Academic Staff: Andrew Geddes

Professor Andrew Geddes, BA (Oxon) PhD (Lough)

Andrew GeddesProfessor

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Andrew Geddes joined the Department in 2004. He specialises in the comparative and international analysis of politics and policy-making with a particular interest in international migration. He has published a large number of books and articles on European and international migration, as well as work on British elections and British relations with the EU. Between January 2008 and September 2011, he was Head of Department. During semester one of academic year 2012-13 he is on research leave. During this time he will be a Robert Schuman Fellow in the Migration Policy Centre at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. During academic year 2011-12 he was Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (September 2011-June 2012) and a Visiting Fellow at the KFG Transformative Power of Europe research centre in the Otto Sühr Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin (June-July 2012). Between 2009 and 2011 he was a member of the Lead Expert Group appointed by the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddington, which produced a major report entitled Migration and Global Environmental Change: Future Challenges and Opportunities. The full report can be found here.


I have a strong commitment in my teaching to inquiry-based learning. This means providing a learning environment within which students work with me and work together on practical, real-life problems. I apply this to my main areas of teaching, which are European integration and the politics of international migration. I have a taught a variety of modules while at Sheffield. These include modules on EU politics, international migration and British politics. My teaching on international migration is closely linked to my main research interest. My aim is to encourage students to develop a better understanding of how and why international migration is one of the most pressing and urgent issues in international politics. Through analysis of the reasons why people migrate from one country to another as well as exploration of the underlying dynamics of state responses we can understand far more about international politics. We can see how, for example, international migration is embedded within the global politics of unequal development, but can also see how it has become an important component of the ways in which the major destination countries for immigrants define and understand themselves as societies.

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

Key Projects/Grants

Title of project: Multi-level governance in SE Europe
Awarding body: ESRC
People Involved: Andrew Taylor, Ian Bache, Andrew Geddes, Charles Lees
Duration: 3 years, 2006-9
Total award: £271,000 (with AJT, CL and IB)

Title of project: Migration control and narratives of societal steering
Awarding body: ESRC (seminar series)
People involved: Christina Boswell (Edinburgh) and Andrew Geddes
Duration: 2 years, 2007-8
Total award: £17500

Title of project: PROSINT (analysing the immigrant admissions/integration policy nexus)
Awarding body: European Commission
People involved: Andrew Geddes with consortium led by the International Centre for Migration Policy development, Vienna
Duration: 2009-2011
Total award: c. £24k

Title of project: Science-Society Dialogues on Immigrant Integration
Volkswagen Stiftung
People involved: Andrew Geddes in a consortium led by Han Entzinger and Peter Scholten at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Duration: 2 years, 2011-13
Total award: €41000

Professional activities and recognition

Current Research

My current research focuses on the global politics of international migration. I have been working on various projects that explore the politics of international migration at state, regional and international level in Europe and beyond. I am now working on a project that compares regional and international programmes for the governance of international migration.

Key Publications

View Professor Geddes' full list of publications.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students with interests in any aspect of the politics of international migration as well as students with an interest in comparative European politics and the politics of European integration. I have supervised PhDs analysing: citizenship models in UK and Spain in light of Europeanisation; the external effects of European integration on the governance of migration in Ukraine and Morocco; the effects of deportation on sending communities; the impacts of the extreme right on immigration policy and politics in Italy, France and the UK; and, the Europeanisation of migration and asylum policy in Poland.