Research practice

One of the first things we are doing in the China-Ghana corridor is to try to understand how migrants currently use digital technologies, and so together with our colleague Joseph Teye and his team at the Univeristy of Ghana’s Centre for Migration Studies, we have created a short online survey (in English) for migrants, returned migrants and their families to complete (this takes less than 15 minutes).  This was launched on 12th June 2020.  Please do share the link widely amongst any migrants or their networks in Ghana.


As part of our research, and in the interests of disseminating this as widely as possible, we are compiling a database of publications on the use of digital technologies by migrants, focusing particularly on South-South migration. This page provides a short introduction to this body of literature as it relates to our China-Ghana corridor, by featuring some of the most interesting work in the field. Not all of these publications explicitly address the use of digital technologies by migrants in this corridor, but they do provide valuable insights that have framed our understanding of the issues.  Inclusion in this listing does not, though, indicate that we or other members of the Hub agree with the arguments contained therein.

  • Lin, Y. (2019) E-urbanism: E-commerce, mirgation, and the transformation of Taobao villages in urban China, Cities, 91, 202-212.
  • Loubere, N., Lu, J,m Crawford, G. and Botchwey, G. (2019) Extractions inégales: Reconceptuakiser le mineur chinois au Ghana, TRAVAIL, capital et société, 49(2).
  • Tschakert, P. (2016) Shifting Discourses of Vilification and the Taming
    of Unruly Mining Landscapes in Ghana, World Development, 86,
  • Ye, J.,  Wang, C., Wu, H., He, C. and Liu, J. (2013) Internal Migration and Left-Behind Populations in China, Journal of Peasant Studies, 40(6), 1119–1146.

Latest update 2nd August 2021

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