Routes uses interdisciplinary research to enable its members to engage collaboratively in investigation of all aspects of human mobility, migration and displacement.
Routes was launched in 2017 and is coordinated by Professors Nick Gill, Elena Isayev and Helena Wray at the University of Exeter.
Incorporating our expertise across a range of disciplines with grassroots activism, collaboration with governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, and the direct voice of people who have moved, Routes provides a platform for a scientifically informed bottom-up approach. The goal is to use academically informed perspectives from a variety of disciplinary traditions to create new knowledge, and to intervene in debates, policy processes and practice on the issues of human mobility, migration and displacement. In so doing we aim to build capacity, and to attain sustainability, through reciprocal knowledge-sharing with colleagues, students and organisations in and outside academia, as well as to create links with other groups working in this field.
Drawing together wide-ranging migration expertise, through idea building workshops, co-teaching, and collaborative projects, we seek to develop theory, test it in practice and use it to inform law, policy, practice and social endeavours, in a wide variety of contexts. In contributing to the scope of possible visions of the future, we also aim to provide research and tool kits, that are accessible to our co-creators and users beyond the academy, and in non-state contexts.