(UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub)

South-South migration has the potential to reduce inequalities and contribute to development. This potential has yet to be fully realised.

MIDEQ works with a global network of partners in twelve countries in the Global South, organised into six migration ‘corridors’, to transform understanding of the relationships between migration, development and inequality.

We work to shift the production of knowledge about migration and its consequences towards the countries where most migration takes place – engaging with contested concepts and definitions, decolonising research processes and generating new evidence and ideas.

Our ultimate aim is to translate knowledge and ideas into policies and practices which work to improve the lives of migrants, their families and the communities in which they live.

Our mission is to ensure that South-South migration reduces inequalities and contributes to development.

The University of Glasgow team is working on cross-cutting work package Arts, creative resistance and well-being:

Where development work engages the arts and culture, it typically does so to communicate findings, educate or mediatise. Work in this theme takes a practice-led approach to understanding the relationships between migration and inequality in the context of the Global South. It engages with, but also challenges, the Global North’s measurement-heavy and largely economistic perceptions of these relationships.

As our work proceeds, this theme will consider, critically analyse and intervene artistically and through multilingual approaches to translate what resonates aesthetically. It will create migratory aesthetics, demonstrating how the arts and humanities can expand social-scientific and scientific frames of reference for research into migration and inequality, creating environments where human well-being is valued and flourishes.

You can find more detailed information about the Arts, creative resistance and well-being work package and the overall project on the MIDEQ website.

Who is involved?

Co-I and Co-Director: Prof Alison Phipps, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Research Associates: Dr Gameli Tordzro and Mr Tawona Sitholé
Research Assistant: Ms Naa Densua Tordzro

Local administrator: Ms Lauren Roberts


Start and end date

13 February 2019 - February 2024

Funder and funding amount

MIDEQ is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

MIDEQ receives additional funding from Irish Aid

Total funding £18,759,063

Grant reference ES/S007415/

Zanj: Special Issue

This Special Issue draws on the work of migration scholars, artists, and activists from across the Global South collaborating through the South-South Migration for Development and Equality (MIDEQ) Hub to explore the intersections, contestations, and possibilities associated with migration in the Global South.1 Our aim is to contribute a better understanding of the structural inequalities – poverty, gender inequalities, and racism – that drive migration and limit its potential to contribute to personal, societal, and global development.

Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies

Volume 5, Issue 1/2 (Open Access)

Papers by Tawona Sitholé; Gameli Tordzro; Naa Densua Tordzro; Alison Phipps

Related publications

MPhil Thesis

Decolonising African costume and textiles: Naming, symbols and meaning in the Ghanaian context [Naa Densua Tordzro]

Poetry, stories and creative outputs


Concept Notes & Briefs

Blog posts

Please the project website for further publications by other MIDEQ members:



Project News

Please see updates on project website https://www.mideq.org/en/

MIDEQ is profiled in the School of Education Webinar Series on 3 March 2021.

Digital Textile Exhbition- Decolonising African costume and textiles: Naming, symbols and meaning in the Ghanaian context