Erica Consterdine

BA, MA, MSc, PhD

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Research Fellow

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Erica Consterdine (BA, MA, MSc, PhD) joined IES in June 2017. She specialises in immigration policy and is an experienced comparative public policy analyst. Erica has over 10 years of experience researching immigration − specifically labour immigration – policies and policymaking across Europe. She is an experienced qualitative researcher with particular expertise in interviewing elites. Before joining IES Erica was a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex for the EU Commission funded Temporary versus Permanent Migration (Temper) project, where she designed a diachronic and cross-comparative immigration policy index measuring labour market restrictiveness; designed and operationalised a global stakeholder survey on temporary migration governance; and designed and conducted surveys and in-depth interviews with young Australian immigrants focusing on their labour market activity. 

Previously, Erica worked as a doctoral researcher and tutor at the University of Sussex, as well as a research officer at the Home Office Migration and Border Analysis Unit. She has worked on projects involving policy implementation, international students, asylum seekers, new British citizens and Gateway refugees. Erica holds a PhD in Politics and Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex. Her forthcoming book − Labour's Immigration Policy: The Making of the Migration State (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) − analyses immigration policy regime change and draws on document analysis and 50 elite interviews.

Since joining IES Erica has worked for a wide range of clients including UK government departments, educational establishments and international research institutes.


2014 University of Sussex PhD Politics and Contemporary European Studies
2010 University of Sussex MSc Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods
2009 University of Sussex MA Migration Studies
2008 University of Sussex BA Sociology

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