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Migrantifa and Migrant-led Activism

   Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

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  Dr Ali Jones  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of Migrantifa and Migrant-Led Activism.

The successful applicant will be based at the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR), a thriving and successful University Research Centre which has over 60 full-time researchers supported by a team of professional support staff.  

CTPSR staff take a multi-disciplinary approach to their work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, communities, social relations, peacebuilding, security, and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels, and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

 The Syrian refugee ‘crisis’ of 2015 shone a spotlight on the continuing complexity of welcoming newcomers to European society. This historical issue juxtaposes narratives of tolerance, multiculturalism and integration. These tensions have precedent, as for example Germany has struggled with not only tolerance but also violence against migrants since unification. For example, between 2000 and 2007 an underground neo-Nazi cell conducted at least ten murders, nine of which were of people with a migrant background. Similarly, pogroms in the early 1990s targeted refugees and migrants seeking asylum in Germany. More recently, on 19 February 2020 nine people were killed and more than five others wounded in a terrorist shooting spree by a far-right extremist targeting two shisha bars in Hanau. On the one hand, public discourses about ‘the shisha bar murders’ indicate the lingering intolerance towards migrants, even those who have been in Germany for generations. On the other hand, these murders led to considerable community response. Indeed, many groups within the German Left, various societal bodies, and NGOs have sought to engage in activism and social protest for the rights and protection of migrants from right-wing extremism, in what is known as Migrantifa. However, these initiatives might be criticized as being led by non-migrants, which raises questions of authenticity, colonialism, representation, etc. What is less known and/or understood internationally, however, is the considerable activism and engagement by migrants themselves in migrant-led

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 


  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Ali Jones, [Email Address Removed]

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus:

An up-to 2500-word research proposal is required and should detail the candidate’s planned approach to the research topic, their proposed case study or studies, and their choice of research methods and/or sources.

A brief explanation of how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project should be included in the cover letter. It is understood that sources may be in a language other than English, (which is encouraged), and candidates should mention their skillset in that language.

Funding Notes

Fully funded Stipend
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