Assistant Professor in Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
Roda Madziva is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham. She moved to this post after several post-doctoral years at the University of Nottingham. She holds a PhD (2011) and Master's (with Distinction) in Social Policy and Administration (2007), both from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral thesis titled "'A Living Death': Zimbabwean Migrants in the UK who are Forced Apart from their Children", explored the experiences of Zimbabwean asylum seeking parents who were living in the UK while forcibly separated from their children by immigration laws. This ethnographic study has opened up new questions about 1) forced migration and parenthood 2) the role that immigration regimes play in keeping families apart, and 3) the complexities of transnational living in a globalized world. These have all represented important contributions to knowledge in the field of global sociology in a climate of growing global complex migration-asylum flows, as well as to public and policy discourse around the securitisation of immigration.
Roda's research interests are mainly in the area of global migration and diasporic studies, engaging with the political, economic and social environments of sending, transit and receiving countries… read more
Roda's research interests are mainly in the area of global migration and diasporic studies, engaging with the political, economic and social environments of sending, transit and receiving countries and the specific challenges and vulnerabilities that are engendered by particular migratory journeys. Key themes include forced migration and family separation, the use of evidence in immigration policy, migrant integration and access to services, bringing together work on education and employability and/or entrepreneurship, and more recently themes around migrant health, use of antibiotics and sustainability as well as the links between migration, human-trafficking and contemporary slavery. Roda has worked closely with non-governmental organisations, migrant support organisations and faith communities at local, national and international levels.
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