How do media discuss, shape, and inform debate about migration? What impact do they have on perceptions about migrants? How can social scientists and civil society organisations better communicate with the public? And why does all of this matter for the politics and policymaking surrounding mobility?
These are the kinds of questions that guide my work on international migration. I am especially interested in the ways that media, migration policy, and public perceptions about immigration interact. Currently, as a Research Officer with the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) and The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, I examine how UK newspapers portray migrant groups and discuss migration issues. Other research interests include the politics of Big Data; visualisation; and knowledge exchange among policymakers, researchers, and civil society. My publications draw upon several disciplines: politics, geography, social policy, and anthropology. I tweet from @williamlallen.
At Oxford, I have tutored ‘International Labour Migration: Economics, Politics, and Ethics’ for the Department of Continuing Education. I have also tutored undergraduate-level macroeconomics, microeconomics, sociology, and public affairs in the United States. Other professional service includes reviewing for academic journals and funding bodies including the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). I also have been a Programme Committee Member for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) WebScience Conferences in 2014 and 2015. For more details, see my CV.
Outside of higher education, I have experience with international development projects in Latin America and East Africa, including consulting for the Foundation for the Education of Young Women (FEYW) in the border region of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, US. I also have contributed research to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).