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Caroline Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton. She has a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology and has worked previously as a Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford (2012-2016) where she remains a Research Associate. She also worked as a researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge (2006-2012) and as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Newcastle University (2002-2005).

Caroline’s research explores transnational migration, welfare and ‘integration’ processes. In 2012-14, she led the EU (EIF) funded IMPACIM project, a cross-national study investigating family migration in the EU and the impacts of restrictions to benefits and services on integration. In relation to these topics, Caroline has engaged in a number of knowledge exchange activities, such as the Action for Inclusion in Europe project (2014-2016) where she engaged with European officials in six European cities to develop city-wide strategies on migrant parental engagement with schools and also convened a residential workshop for European policy and civil society officers. Caroline led a project, working with the No Recourse to Public Funds network and funded by the Legal Education Foundation to develop the an online tool for use by Local Authorities, voluntary sector organisations and service-users to help assess the outcomes and support needs for destitute families with children in need. 

Caroline's current research is on an evaluation and research strand of the Utrecht Refugee Launchpad (U-RLP) a project funded by the EU (ERDF) Urban Innovative Actions fund that aims to create a vibrant and enigmatic combined learning and living environment for both refugees and the local community in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In collaboration with Oxford University's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) she joins the partnership to work with a locally based researcher to generate evidence and insight into the project's outcomes as it develops, to inform wider learning from this innovative model for cities elsewhere. 

Caroline is a member of the British Sociological Association, Development Studies Association and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has held previous memberships of the Social Policy Association, the Association of Social Anthropologists, the British Educational Research Association and the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Caroline is known for her doctoral research which explored the experiences of British retirees moving abroad, providing the subject of her book, Retirement Migration: Paradoxes of Ageing (Routledge, 2008). She is also series editor of the BSA's Sociological Futures book series.

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