Vanessa Hughes is a part-time Research Officer at COMPAS, primarily working on projects looking at Citizenship and Belonging and Welfare issues. Her particular interests are in irregular migration, child migration, family migrants and refugees.
She currently works on the IMPACIM project, which looks at the impact of restrictions and entitlements on the integration of family migrants, and supports Sarah Spencer in her OSI Fellowship looking at service provision to irregular migrants across the European Union. At COMPAS she previously worked on the Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK and Migrant Care Workers projects.
Vanessa recently completed her MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex, writing her thesis on understandings and concepts of home among German refugees and expellees after the Second World War, and previously graduated from Durham University in Philosophy and Politics. She also completed a Summer University course in International Law and has previously been involved in community and charity projects, working with migrants and street children. She has also worked at the Migrants’ Rights Network to research and write a report on the impacts of the new family migration policies in the UK and is currently working with the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons at the Council of Europe.