The University of Bath was founded in the 1960s, and is now regularly ranked in the top 10 (of well over 100) British University, and also in the top 250 of world university league tables based on research quality. The Department of European Studies offer a wide range of programmes, including major Masters ones in European Politics. It is widely considered a research leader in this broad field within the UK. Among its core clusters of researchers is one on: Migration, Exile and Ethnicity. The Migration, Exile and Ethnicity Cluster is a multidisciplinary research cluster within the broad subject area of European studies. Research within the cluster examines the causes of labour migration and mobility in the contexts of globalization and dual labour market theory, and, at an individual level, discusses migration as a livelihood strategy and – within film - as a response to fantasies about the West. The cluster studies migration flows into Europe from other continents; from East to West within Europe; and within the Russian Federation.
Within the social sciences, cluster members have analyzed the impact of migration on receiving countries and continents, and social and political responses to migration. Research has focused on EU policy making; on the response of white Italian women, especially feminists, to the influx of migrant domestic labour; on community cohesion and the British National Party; the Front National; and the responses of Greek and German policy makers to migrants from the former Soviet Union.
A number of researchers have explored issues surrounding ethnicity, particularly that of black Italians, British and French Muslims, Albanians and Poles. Colleagues have also examined post communist East and West German identities and the perceived ‘foreignness’ of co-ethnic return migrants in Germany and Greece.
Roger Eatwell is professor of European politics and head of Department. Recent publications include (co-editor with Cas Mudde), Western Democracies and the New Extreme Right Challenge (Routledge, London, 2004) and 'Community Cohesion and Cumulative Extremism in Contemporary Britain', Political Quarterly, Vol. 77, No. 2, 2006. Recent grants include £10.5k from the British Home Office (Interior Ministry) for 2004-5 research on extremism and community cohesion.
Daniel Wunderlich is a Research Officer at the University of Bath. He completed his PhD under supervision of Professor Andrew Geddes under the title Europeanisation through the Grapevine. Implementing EU external migration policy in Morocco and Ukraine in 2010 after an MA in Research Methods in Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield and Regional Studies Latin America at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Daniel has worked extensively on the external dimension of EU migration policy, was involved in the Migration Policy Integration Index and has practical experience in working with migrants and asylum
seekers. His research interests are in comparative politics, immigration policy in Europe, neo-institutionalism and organisational sociology. He holds a wide range of experience in qualitative and quantitative methods (interview and survey techniques, social network analysis, multi-variate analysis and media discourse analysis).