Forced migration due to war and political persecution has resulted in mass displacement in many international contexts. In parallel with this process, rapid technological advances have resulted in the proliferation of web-based services and increasing use of smartphones, including among refugees and asylum-seekers. Access to wifi is increasingly being recognised as important as food, shelter and protection. A small body of research has begun to investigate the use of mobile phones by refugees on their journeys, in urban contexts and in camps. Research in this area offers useful insights into the ways in which asylum-seekers and refugees, who are situated at the margins of nation states, the rights of citizenship and human rights regimes can create and negotiate new claims to belonging and opportunities for political participation at various spatial levels. It also offers new opportunities for studying mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion across a wide range of policy areas.
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Scholarships will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project and is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.