I was part of a great workshop – Engendering research & reframing policy & public debate on migration and health in South/South East Asia – that was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, in April 2019. The workshop focussed on early career researchers and, over 4 days, provided opportunity for engaged, thoughtful engagement on methods, ethics, power, partnership, collaboration, policy engagement and responsibility in our research praxis.
My input on my priorities in migration and health are here, which includes a focus on the conflicting security agendas that are further challenging the migration and health field – both in terms of practice and research. The contexts in which we live and work, and the topics that we engage with in our research – including our efforts to shift policy and practice – are associated with a range of intersecting challenges. Figuring our way through the tangle and knowing where to find support is an ongoing journey but with some new friendships forged – and existing ones refreshed – over the past 4 days, I’m reminded of the positive energy and kindness that does exist in (parts of) the academic and research world.