The 21st century sees people on the move on an unprecedented scale, crossing or attempting to cross borders for economic advancement or to escape from conflict in search of peace and security, and often back again – for prolonged periods or permanently.

DEV research tries to understand the movement of people in its social and political context. What happens to a child’s identity who belongs to the West African diaspora living in Europe, when they move to Senegal for religious education, and then back again to Europe, in a context of increasing Islamophobia? What happens on Europe’s borders when voluntary support workers in camps encounter refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East? What happens in northern Uganda when millions of internally displaced persons return to their home villages to become ‘reintegrated’?

DEV research answers such questions using ethnographic methods, taking a close look at individuals and human interaction.