Professor Heaven Crawley joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in September 2014 from where she leads the GCRF-funded MIDEQ Hub which is one of the world’s largest migration research projects and focuses on relationships between migration, inequality and development in the context of the Global South. Educated at the Universities of Sussex (1989-1994) and Oxford (1995-1999), Heaven has nearly 30 years' experience of undertaking research on international migration in a wide range of institutional settings including within government, academic, international organisations and the voluntary sector. She has published extensively on a wide range of asylum and migration issues including the drivers of migration and migrant decision-making, gender issues in forced migration, refugee and migrant rights, the experiences of children and young people on the move, attitudes towards migration and migrants and the politics of migration policy-making.
Heaven has served as a specialist advisor for a number of UK Parliamentary inquiries conducted by the Home Affairs Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) and is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media. She has served as a Trustee for Migrant Voice, the Welsh Refugee Council and Asylum Justice and is currently Patron the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile. In 2012 Heaven was confered the title of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in recognition of her contribution to evidence-based policy making on migration and asylum issues.