Project overview


This project is a collaboration between the University of Exeter, in the UK, and the Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RMRRU), in Bangladesh. The project is for 18 months. It is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID), under the call Development Frontier Research Fund.

Goals and Objectives

This project aims to create new insights building on existing and emerging knowledge on human security, migration and environmental interactions on: (1) the drivers of migration to cities; (2) circumstances of immobility, and (3) issues of place, identity and networks in migrant populations. The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To examine the challenges of rapid migration to urban settlements in terms of the sustainability, security, integration and wellbeing of new populations.
  • To use this new knowledge to generate insights on how new migrant populations can be empowered into urban planning processes in Chittagong.
  • To examine the implications of project findings for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 11 on Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Settlements, SDG 8 on Inclusive Growth, and SDG 3 on Healthy Lives and Wellbeing.

Research strategy

The research will collect primary data through a quantitative migrant survey and a qualitative photo-elicitation approach. The project is organised around four stages involving co-design of research protocols, data collection and different forms of dissemination, aiming to co-produce intervention insights in Chittagong.

For more details please read the project’s official concept note 

If you have any questions or need further information, then please contact Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos at