Dr Rebecca Murray


Rebecca joined the department of Sociological Studies to work on migration research projects and is currently a Lecturer in Sociology, her teaching and research focuses on migration, forced displacement, education and inequalities.

Rebecca is the of Project Manager for the Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) and the Sheffield Migration Research Group (MRG). Rebecca is also an Honorary Associate of the MIMY project (Empowerment, Integration, Migration & Young People).

Her current role and research profile was built upon 20-years’ experience as a practitioner, advocate and campaigner in the statutory and non-statutory sector. Rebecca founded and acted as Director of the Article 26 project, working in partnership with UK universities to create scholarships for students marginalised as the result of their immigration status.

Research interests

Borders and bordering practices in post-compulsory education were the focus of Rebecca’s doctoral thesis: ‘Navigating the Higher Education Border: Routes to Belonging for Forced Migrant Students in the UK & Sweden’, a comparative study exploring the role of universities in mitigating and exacerbating the marginalisation experienced by forced migrant students in the UK and Sweden. Subsequent research ‘Forced Migrants in Higher Education: ‘Sanctuary Scholarships’ in a Hostile Environment’, has been published in the Journal of Ethnicity & Migration Studies and Migration & Society.