Migration experts in UK and Japan focus on post-Brexit labour challenge

Migration experts from the University of Birmingham and Waseda University are launching a major new research partnership that will examine a key challenge faced by both the UK and Japan – a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour.

The universities’ partnership brings together British and Japanese researchers with expertise in social sciences, arts and humanities – with Birmingham’ Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and Waseda University’ Institute for Asian Migration (IAM) at its heart.

Backed by funding from the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the partnership begins with a workshop in Brussels, in June, when key IRiS and IAM academics outline five key research themes that will unite leading scholars in migration and superdiversity studies with early career researchers.

The project complements a strategic joint research partnership between the Universities of Birmingham and Waseda, started in 2016, that is producing collaboration across areas such as robotics, corpus linguistics, atmospheric environmental science, urban studies, language education, creative writing and Shakespeare.