Group members

Dr Diego Acosta

d.acosta@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, Law School, European Law
Research interests: Diego Acosta Arcarazo is a Lecturer in European Law at the University of Bristol. His area of expertise is EU Migration Law and he is currently interested in migration law and policies in South America notably. Dr Acosta is also now working in a five years research project entitled Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) for which Professor Andrew Geddes, as principal investigator, has obtained a European Research Council grant. He has published widely in the area of European Migration Law, including his book: The Long-Term Residence Status as a Subsidiary Form of EU Citizenship (Martinus Nijhoff, 2011).
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areasEurope

Hardeep Aiden

hardeep.aiden@bristol.ac.uk
Postgraduate Researcher, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: The aim of my research is to explore the practices and processes at work within and across the institutions that are shaping migration-related policies and policy-making processes in Japan, and the actors involved in these processes. More specifically, I am interested in the governance and institutional arrangements that Japanese cities have in place, including the actors and institutions involved in the policy development of migration-related policies; the internal and external factors that shape these policies and policy-making processes; styles of policy-making and strategies of negotiation; and the narrative.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasEast Asia

Mariam Almohammad

edzma@bristol.ac.uk 
Teaching Associate, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Mariam is a researcher in ethnography, multilingualism, workplace and migration. Drawing upon a Critical, Cultural, Political Economy of Education (CCPE), New Literacy Studies and research in language and identities, she is interested in the way people perform their identities and how social practices are influenced by the dynamic relationship among resources, space, knowledge and positionalities in educational and workplace contexts. Her research to date has explored Syrian employees’ identities, investment and the impact of languages upon their access to the workplace. I am interested in exploring refugees’ languages and literacies in migration contexts in the UK, Europe and refugee camps.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityImmigration policy, law, and human rightsEthnicity, religion, and integrationRefugees, asylum, and forced migration; Migration, culture, and history
Research areasUKEuropeMiddle East

Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic

ra14611@bristol.ac.uk 
Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, Finance and Management
Research interests: Rutvica Andrijasevic is an activist scholar with research interests in areas of migrant labour, gender, national state power, and global firms. Rutvica conducted research on irregular migration and borders and examined immigration enforcement at EU’s southern border between Italy and Libya. She conducts research on sex trafficking and her book ‘Agency, Migration and Citizenship in Sex Trafficking’ (2010) addresses the link between migration, gendered subjectivity and changes in citizenship in Europe. Rutvica’s current project focuses on global firms and the raise of China, and investigates the ways in which ‘Chinese’ modes of production and management are impacting labour in Europe.
Research clustersFamily and genderWork, organisations and mobilityImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasEuropeAfricaEast Asia

Aet Annist

aet.annist@bristol.ac.uk
Teaching Fellow, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Research interests: My migration-related research concentrates on links between dispossessions and migration. I place this in the context of post-socialist nationalising states, forming complex webs with current neoliberal conditions and with historic migrations in Eastern Europe. I study the ensuing morality of migration and how it contributes into specific practices of institutionalisation in relation to migration, channels mobile populations into 'ethnic capital' and dispensable migrants, and influences the processes of hybridisation and 'dislocation' of heritage in building a new identity abroad. Whilst my research has concentrated on Estonia and the UK, I am also interested in other post-socialist countries, particularly Romania.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areas: Europe

Miss Katie Bales

katie.bales@bristol.ac.uk 
Lecturer, Law School
Research interests: Katie Bales' primary research focuses upon immigration in the context of the welfare state. Katie's doctoral thesis examines the labour market access and welfare benefits system for asylum seekers in the UK, assessing the human rights impact of a system based on deterrence as opposed to welfare. Katie is also interested in the underlying theories of the welfare state and has an interest in solidarity, citizenship, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. In addition, Katie has undertaken research for the Equality and Human Rights Commission into the human rights issues arising from immigration detention and the Coalition's welfare reform, and has also completed work for the Scottish Human Rights Commission into immigration detention in the context of Scotland's torture obligations.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, religion and integrationRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUK

Professor Jonathan Beaverstock

jonathan.beaverstock@bristol.ac.uk 
Professor of International Management, School of Economics, Finance and Management
Research interests: Jon Beaverstock has a well-established international reputation for researching the topic of highly-skilled international labour migration, inter-facing with debates concerning: corporate mobilities and talent management (eg, inter-company transfers); expatriation and transnationalism; and, the 'race for talent' in the competitiveness agendas of global cities. Current and past research have specifically focused on the role of such highly-skilled migration and talent in global knowledge-intensive industries like banking and financial/professional services, and fieldwork has been undertaken in London, Singapore and New York. Jon is presently interested in the agency and 'management' of highly-skilled international labour migration in London's and Singapore's financial districts.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasUKEuropeSoutheast AsiaAustralia

Neema Begum

neema.begum@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: My research interests lie in issues relating to multiculturalism and race relations in the UK. My research focuses on the political engagement of Britain’s Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) population. My PhD explores the ways in which right-wing populism in British politics, namely in the form of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), affects ethnic minorities’ experiences, concerns and attitudes with respect to politics, immigration and European membership.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integrationImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areas: UKEurope

Dr Karen Bell

karen.bell@bristol.ac.uk
Research Assistant, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: I am currently working on the Deportability and the Family project led by Melanie Griffiths. I previously worked on a number of projects examining educational disadvantage; environmental inequities within nation states; exclusion from environmental decision making on the basis of income and race; methods of measuring poverty and inequality; economic inequality and its causes and impacts; how to change negative attitudes towards the human rights of minorities; evaluating the life chances for BME youth; and VCSE actual and potential impacts on social inclusion. I was previously a youth and community manager and equalities trainer for Bristol City Council and the local VCSE sector. I continue to contribute to equalities-based community activities (eg, I convened the Bristol Green Capital Inclusion Group).
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasUK

Professor Chris Bertram

c.bertram@bristol.ac.uk 
Professor in Social and Political Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
Research Interests: States claim the right to control their borders and to decide on the terms of their own membership, its acquisition and transmission. I am interested in whether there are good philosophical arguments to support these claims, and whether general and cosmopolitan human rights to freedom of movement ought to have priority over them. Related issues include the relationship between human movement and global distributive justice and when and whether justice requires, permits or prohibits that people give priority to the interests of their fellow citizens over those of outsiders, including would-be immigrants. Where states already accept some moral requirement to respond to the interests of would-be migrants (refugees, family reunification) I seek to look into the ground of that requirement and ask whether consistency requires the recognition of a more comprehensive set of rights.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migrationFamily and gender

Dr Marta Bolognani

m.bolognani@bristol.ac.uk 
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: Martahas worked for over a decade on Pakistani migration, mainly to Britain. Her migration-related interests include: return migration, marriage migration, second generation's identity issues, psycho-social aspects of migration.
Research clustersFamily and genderEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasUKEuropeSouth Asia

Dr Katie Brown

k.brown@bristol.ac.uk
Teaching Fellow, Hispanic Studies
Research interests: I am interested in how a combination of political, social and economic factors have led to unprecedented numbers of people leaving Venezuela in the last decade, a country which previously saw itself as a place of immigration rather than emigration. My research explores how, in contrast to a prescriptive official nationalism, contemporary cultural production by the ‘Bolivarian diaspora’ problematizes concepts of nation, country, identity and belonging.
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasSouth America

Dr Joanna Bruck

joanna.bruck@bristol.ac.uk
Reader, Department of Archaeology
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migration

Professor Charles Burdett

c.f.burdett@bristol.ac.uk
Professor, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Charles Burdett is Professor of Italian in the School of Modern Languages. He is PI on the AHRC-funded large grant: 'Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures' (2014-17). The project explores a series of critical instances of linguistic and cultural translation with a specific focus on modern Italy and the experiences of mobility that are embedded in its recent history. He is a specialist on the history and memory of Italian colonialism. His most recent book is ItalyIslam and the Islamic World: Representations and Reflections from 9/11 to the Arab Uprisings (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016).
Research clustersEthnicity, culture and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasItalyAfricaMiddle East

Dr Ruth Bush


Lecturer in French, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: My past research has focused on African literature and the history of material print cultures in the UK, France, and Senegal. This led to the publication of my first book, Publishing Africa in French (Liverpool University Press, 2016) and a web history of New Beacon Books, the UK’s first radical black bookshop and publishing house. I have an ongoing interest in narratives of migration and the sociology of cultural production. I am currently working on ideas of history, mobility, and belonging in early francophone African women’s magazines and contemporary spoken word poetry (in French, Wolof and English).
Research clusters: Migration, culture and history
Research areas: UKEuropeAfrica

Natasha Carver

natasha.carver@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: Natasha Carver’s work focuses on how notions of gender and family transform through the migration process, with a particular interest on the legal framework. She recently published on ‘displaying genuineness’ in marriage applications and appeals (Family, Relationships and Societies, Vol.3, No.2, 2014). She has a background as a practitioner in Immigration Law and is currently researching marriage and divorce amongst ethnic-Somalis based in Bristol.
Research clustersFamily and genderImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUKAfrica

Dr Katharine Charsley

katharine.charsley@bristol.ac.uk 
Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: Katharine Charsley’s main research interests are in gender, the family and migration, particularly in the field of cross-border marriages. She currently leads an ESRC-funded study on 'Marriage Migration and Integration'. Her report 'Marriage-related migration to the UK' (International Migration Review2012) also appeared as a Home Office occasional research paper (No. 94). She founded and convenes a research network on ‘Marriage and Migration’. Dr Charsley has broader interests in South Asia and its diasporas, and in ethnicity, migration and transnationalism, and has worked on Scottish graduate migration and retention (with Ross Bond & Sue Grundy, Edinburgh).Other projects on marriage-related migration are under development.
Research clustersFamily and genderWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasUKEuropeSouth Asia

Sue Cohen

sue.cohen@bristol.ac.uk
Research Associate, Law School
Research interests: My interest is in participatory research with families and children. My particular focus is on the impact of migration and displacement on poverty and marginalisation in female headed households. I am concerned with the intersection of gender, ethnicity and class in one parent families, the high proportion of single mothers who have escaped violence and abuse, and the ensuing barriers they face, especially dangerous in more deeply patriarchal societies. I have an abiding interest and long-term experience of developing participatory and more recently interdisciplinary co-produced research with self-organising groups.
Research clustersFamily and genderEthnicity, culture and integration
Research areas: UKEuropeAfricaMiddle East

Jill Court


PhD candidate, Graduate School of Education
Research interests: My research involves exploring language learning, identity and integration for adult migrant and refugee learners of English in the UK. I have a background in teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to adult migrants and refugees.  I am particularly interested in ESOL learners’ perspectives of what successful integration might look like for them; as well as political discourse and policy on English language, immigration and integration. My research includes exploring the use of participatory tools for researching with 'non-proficient' speakers of English, as well as combining qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Research clustersEthnicity, culture and integrationRefugees, asylum and forced migrationImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areas: UK 

Serena Crawshay-Williams

sc13020.2013@my.bristol.ac.uk
LLM Student, Law School

Dr Ranji Devadason

r.devadason@bathspa.ac.uk 
Lecturer (Sociology), School of Society, Enterprise and Environment, Bath Spa University
Research interests: My research focuses on transnational professionals, that is, people who migrate for their jobs for short or long-term assignments. I am particularly interested in questions around how work, organisations and the dynamics of the global economy affect the mobility of transnational workers and vice versa. Prior to commencing my lectureship at Bath Spa University, I held a British Academy early-career fellowship at the University of Bristol, which involved conducting fieldwork in two multinational corporations and a UN agency (see http://www.moralmarketentrepreneurs.com). For that project I examined patterns of transnational mobility, global hierarchies within organisations and the practices that sustain transnational careers.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasEurope

Dr Madge Dresser

madge.dresser@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Industries, University of West of England

Dr Helen Du

h.du@bristol.ac.uk
Research Assistant, School of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: Helen Du has conducted research on labour migration, migrant communities, student and graduate migration. Her main research interests are in migration, place and identity: the significance of place in people's geographical and social mobility, the implication of geographical mobility in place-based attachment/belonging, the interplay of structure and agency. Dr. Du has broader interests in China Studies, and has explored the impacts of urbanisation and urban development in China, such as housing inequalities, migration and migrant enclaves.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasEast Asia

Fred Dunwoodie Stirton

fred.dunwoodiestirton@bristol.ac.uk
Research Associate, Norah Fry Research Centre for Disability Studies
Research interests: Fred’s interests primarily lay in disabled forced migrants. This includes IDP and Refugee camps and the role of humanitarian organisation in designing programmes that meet the needs of disabled forced migrants. He is also interested in the discriminatory immigration systems of states in the global north (particularly Europe and Canada).
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced marriage
Research areasNorth America, Europe, Africa, Middle East

Dr Alice Elliot

a.elliot@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Sarah Fakray

sarah.fakray.2016@my.bristol.ac.uk
PhD student, School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies

Charlotte Flothmann

charlotte.flothmann@gmail.com
Alumna, Graduate School of Education
Research interests: My research centres on the lived experiences of asylum seekers currently residing in the UK and I am particularly interested in how this legal status affects the individual, especially with regard to mental health. My work questions what it means to be an asylum seeker today within the UK context, as well as how the social connotations and practical implications of this label are negotiated. Building on existing research which increasingly highlights the negative impact of post-migration stressors on psychological wellbeing, I investigate the needs as well as sources of resilience of the asylum seeking population.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areas: UK

Dr Jon Fox

jon.fox@bristol.ac.uk 
Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Assistant Director, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: Jon is interested in how migration is linked to questions of 'race' and ethnicity. He has done research on the racialisation of East European migration in the UK and the ethnic return migration of Hungarians from Romania working in Hungary.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUK

Dr Sean Fox

sean.fox@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, School of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: My core research agenda is concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of world urbanization, with a particular focus on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. As such I am interested in understanding patterns of internal migration in these regions, as well as the forces shaping these patterns, from individual decisions to macroeconomic and environmental influences. I have recently initiated a second strand of research investigating the tensions between human mobility and democracy. This work focuses on the way in which internal and international mobility affects legitimate representation of communities across political space.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areasAfricaSoutheast Asia

Dr Frances Giampapa

frances.giampapa@bristol.ac.uk 
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
Research interests: I am a critical sociolinguist/applied linguist. My research interests bridge the migration, language and identities nexus across multilingual contexts. Using critical ethnography, my research has focused on skilled migrants and their multilingual practices across professional contexts; multilingual learners and their families’ multiliterate and identity practices and the ways in which schools incorporate these into pedagogies and curriculum. My research responds to both local and international agendas for equity, social justice, access and inclusion of migrant communities. I am also particularly interested in exploring methodologically creative and arts-based approaches to understanding language and identity practices.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and historyWork, organisations and mobility

Dr Mhairi Gibson

mhairi.gibson@bristol.ac.uk
Reader, Anthropology
Research interests: My migration research focuses on understanding the social drivers of rural-urban migration in Africa. This combines qualitative anthropological and quantitative demographic methodologies with theoretical frameworks of evolutionary biology. My recent fieldwork-based research in has explored the impact of rural development intervention on population movement, out-migration and livelihood decisions in rural Ethiopia. This work has involved Bristol PhD students (Lucie Clech, 2013) and is currently in collaboration with Dr Eshetu Gurmu, Addis Ababa University.
Research clustersFamily and GenderWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasAfrica

Dan Godshaw

dan.godshaw@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies
Research interests: Dan’s ESRC funded doctoral project is focused on the intersectional and multiscalar dynamics of identity, power and personal relations that the experience of UK immigration detention entails for migrant men and masculinities. Previously, Dan facilitated community empowerment work with Rwandan communities as UK Programme Coordinator for INGO rYico, for whom he is now a trustee. He also developed a yoga project for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Brighton, and continues to volunteer with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Dan holds an MA in Migration Studies and a BA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sussex.
Research clustersFamily and genderImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, culture and integrationWork, organisations and mobilityRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUK

Francisca Irarrazabal Gonzalez

fi1077@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics, and international Studies
Research interests: My PhD research project focuses on the space of interaction that occurs between front line professionals of public services and immigrants in Chile. Through the use of qualitative research methods the research seeks to address the understanding that front line professionals have of ethnic diversity and their own identity, and how that understanding affect the implementation of sectoral public policies, in a context where the lack of migration policies or even of a coordinated action of the state regarding migration issues allows the existence of a broad space of discretion within the public officers practice.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rights; Migration, culture and history
Research areasLatin America

Dr Rebecca Gould

r.gould@bristol.ac.uk
Reader, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Rebecca Gould is a Reader in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Bristol. Her current project, Narrating Catastrophe: Hijra from Colonialism to Postcoloniality explores Islamic narratives of displacement, exile, and forced migration from the early colonial period to the present, and from al-Andalus to the Caucasus to Palestine, with particular attention to changes in the meaning of hijra (migration) across time and space. Her research on forced migration follows her first monograph, Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus(New Haven and London: Yale University Press, Spring 2016), which studied violent responses to colonial rule in the literatures of the Caucasus, and has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasMiddle EastSouth AsiaCaucuses

Dr Melanie Griffiths

melanie.griffiths@bristol.ac.uk 
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: Melanie's postdoc is on the family lives of precarious male migrants in the UK. Entitled Detention, Deportability and the Family: Migrant Men's Negotiations of the Right to Respect for Family Life, it examines how 'deportable' men and their British partners negotiate official conceptualisations of 'genuine' relationships.Her PhD thesis considered the role of identification requirements in the asylum system, and the situation for those who are unable to prove their identities. In 2013, Melanie conducted ethnographic observations of asylum appeal hearings as part of a project based at the University of Exeter. She has also written on immigration detention, time, uncertainty, masculinity and bureaucratic relations.
Research clustersFamily and genderRefugees, asylum and forced migrationImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areasUK

Jessica Hambly

jessica.hambly@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD Student, Law School
Research interests: Jess' interests lie in issues of asylum law and policy, administrative justice, legal aid and the role of tribunals in refugee determination processes. Jess' doctoral research is an empirical investigation of advocacy and adjudication at the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber). The study looks at the interactions and relationships between actors during the hearing stage of the refugee determination process, focusing in particular on the role of lawyers in presenting and framing refugee stories.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUK

Dr Tamar Hodos

t.hodos@bristol.ac.uk
Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology, School of Arts
Research interests: I am a specialist in the archaeology of the Mediterranean’s Iron Age, a period that extends between c.1200-c.600 BCE. I have a particular interest in the impact of Greek and Phoenician colonisation on the local populations they interacted with, and the construction and expression of social identities as a result. I use modern theories of globalisation to assess developments we see in the material record of the era, especially with regard to shared and divergent practices between competing communities or cultural groups, and the articulation of social, cultural and economic identities. I am currently completing a major monograph for CUP entitled The Archaeology of the Mediterranean Iron Age that explicitly uses globalisation as a means to reconsider the nature and extent of connectivity during the Iron Age between its various cultural communities.
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasEuropeMiddle EastNorth Africa

Ben Hudson

ben.hudson@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD Student, Law School
Research interests: My research interests primarily concern forced migration and human rights protection in international and national law and policy. Firstly, my doctoral research, which is supervised by Professor Malcolm Evans and Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo, focuses on internal displacement as a result of protracted conflict in Georgia. Secondly, I am interested in the way in which the (forced) migratory consequences of climate change-induced sea level rise, especially in the case of small-island states, challenge orthodox ways of conceptualising forced migration, refugee protection, and the nation-state itself. Thirdly, I am also engaged in research that explores the human rights implications of the detention of migrants in member states of the Council of Europe.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUK

Meltem Ineli Ciger

meltem.ineliciger@bris.ac.uk 
PhD Student, Law School
Research Interests: My doctoral research focuses on temporary protection of persons fleeing armed conflict inmass influx situations. In view of the protection gaps in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, my research reviews different temporary protection models and aims topropose a viable temporary protection regime for the protection of persons fleeing armedconflict in mass influx situations. Some of the temporary protection models I explore in myresearch include protection of Bosnian and Kosovar refugees in Europe, Council Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001 on Minimum Standards for Giving Temporary Protection (theTemporary Protection Directive), US Temporary Protected Status and temporary protection of Syrians in Turkey.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasEuropeMiddle EastSouth AmericaAfricaSoutheast Asia

Fran Johnson

f.m.johnson@bath.ac.uk
PhD student, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath and School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
Research interests: My research is with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) in the UK and revolves around constructions of childhood, child agency and integration in the UK. I am interested in how UASCs understand integration in the UK and how they exercise agency in achieving that integration. I also research how integration of UASCs is understood and pursued in the policy and practice of front-line service providers. I seek to develop knowledge of the construction and performance of childhood in a context of uncertainty, liminality and contested belonging. I engage with participatory methods that are situated within critical methodologies and indigenous inquiry.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integrationRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasEuropeUK

Professor Ron Johnston

r.johnston@bristol.ac.uk 
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: Ron's work on migration has focused on two issues: 1. The residential segregation of migrants in cities, particularly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; and 2. Migrants' labour market experience, with particular emphasis on ethnic penalties.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUK

Dr Nabil Khattab

nabil.khattab@bristol.ac.uk 
Marie Curie – Intra-European Research Fellow (IEF), Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: Dr Khattab's research focuses on labour market inequalities in the UK. He has published a number of studies looking at issues related to labour market penalties among various ethno-religious and migration groups. Currently he is involved in a project with Dr. Jon Fox exploring these issues amongst East European migrants in the UK.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUKMiddle East

Alexandra Avena Koenigsberger

aa15993@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Madhu Krishnan

madhu.krishnan@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, English Literature
Research interests: I am a lecturer in the English department working specifically on Anglophone and Francophone African and African diaspora literatures, with particular a focus on West and Southern Africa. My interest in migration springs from the ways in which literature captures the experience of migration, both within Africa and across continents, as well as the ways in which the production, circulation and dissemination of African and African diaspora literature functions as a constituent part of the fabrication of a global vision of 'Africa' and the 'African diaspora', as spatial concepts. I am further interested in the ways in which writers and publishers actively intervene in sociopolitical issues around conflict, migration, land rights and geography.
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasAfrica

Dr Min Young Lee

plaisant@cuk.edu 
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Welfare, The Cyber University of Korea
Research interests: I am interested in social policy and social work for migrant integration, in which interplays with ethicisation, marginalisation and securitisation issues. In particular, North Korean migrants and refugees are mainly focused in the research.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasEast Asia

Dr Aleksandra Lewicki

aleksandra.lewicki@bristol.ac.uk 
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: My work is concerned with the comparative study of discourses and practices of democratic citizenship in Europe, and I am specifically interested in structural inequalities in relation to race, ethnicity, gender and religion, as well as institutional cultures, institutional discrimination, legal approaches to equality, Islam in Europe, Polish migration to the UK, and recently also social care. Based on comparative empirical research into integration policy frameworks in Britain and Germany, my doctoral study made a contribution to theorizing citizenship and social justice. The study showed how citizenship discourses have been adjusted in response to the Muslim presence in Europe and indicated that our current understanding of citizenship insufficiently challenges structural inequalities that affect religious minorities. I currently work on a project that is guided by the principles of participatory research and is part of the Productive Margins - Regulating for Engagement Research Programme and write on practices of citizenship among Poles in Britain, drawing on empirical data that I collected for the project PREMIG, which is based at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasUKEurope

Lin Ma

lin.ma@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies
Research interests: I am interested in international student migration and integration, especially their changes of religious identity during the course of migration. My intention is to explore stories of ethnic Chinese in Britain and to understand why and how they manage to be relative reticent in multicultural debates. At this stage I am still shaping my research and would like to join this research group for more insights.
Research clustersEthnicity, culture and integrationWork, organisation and mobility
Research areasUK

Yasha MacCanico

ym12757@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD Student, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: I have worked for Statewatch as a journalist, researcher and translator since 1997. My key concern is the harmful impact of the justice and home affairs dimension of immigration and security policies on individuals, groups and society at large. I view research as a collaborative and bridge-building exercise. My PhD research will link developments at the national and EU levels, and in the immigration and internal security (JHA) policy fields to address two structural problems: the increase in official power to punish and exclude on grounds of security and immigration policies; the transfer of JHA policy-related defects that apply to national jurisdictions to the EU level.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areasEurope

Dr Loubaba Mamluk

l.mamluk@bristol.ac.uk
Research Associate, School of Social and Community Medicine
Research interests: Dr Mamluk is a Research Associate on The Syrian refugee crises: trauma, resilience and pre-resettlement effects on integration in Europe, Lebanon, and Jordan. This novel research addresses aspects of the most challenging global crisis faced today. The worst refugee crisis since WWII triggered by the war in Syria resulted in the unprecedented numbers of displaced people arriving in Europe, Lebanon, and Jordan. This research investigates the impact displacement has on this refugee population. The long-term follow up of the Syrian refugee population would provide evidences on the impact of displacement and relocation of people affected by the Syria crisis and on their mental health and psychosocial condition.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migrationEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasMiddle EastEurope

Dr Nariman Massoumi

nm8020@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, Department of Film and Television
Research interests: My migration-related research interests are in Iranian diasporic cinemas and documentary film, as well as the cultural histories and generational experiences of Iranians in Britain. I have produced three documentary films as part of my practice-as-research PhD thesis (awarded July 2016, University of Bristol), which focused on the relationship between documentary practice, family film and diasporic displacement. These films deal with a range of issues relating to displacement including memories of migration, homecoming journeys, domestic life and ageing. I teach diasporic cinemas in the third year unit Contemporary World Cinemas and the postgraduate unit Screening Nations. I am personal tutor to one of the Sanctuary Scholarship students.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migrationMigration, culture and history
Research areasMiddle EastEurope

Dr. Shelley McKeown Jones

s.mckeownjones@bristol.ac.uk 
Lecturer in the psychology of education, Graduate School of Education
Research interests: Shelley’s research focuses on how social psychological theories, such as social identity theory and intergroup contact theory, can be used to understand and improve intergroup relations in racially, religiously and ethnically diverse settings. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the nature and extent of segregation in diverse spaces, how to reduce prejudice and how to promote pro-social behaviours for youth who have experienced violent conflict. To date, her research has focused primarily on the UK context.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUK

Lydia Medland

lydia.medland@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD student, Law School, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: My work touches on several disciplinary fields in the social sciences and law. My research is focused on the role of migrant labour in global food chains, specifically in Morocco and Spain. I previously (2008-13) worked with the Madrid-based transparency and human rights NGO, Access Info Europe and as part of this role I coordinated the European section of the civil society coalition of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC Coalition). I have a keen interest in arts-based and participatory research.
Research clustersWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasEuropeAfrica

Dr Naomi Millner

naomi.millner@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, Human Geography, School of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: Naomi Millner’s doctoral project focused on longer histories and geographies of migration, activism and humanitarian assistance that contextualise Calais as a point of political contention today. She remains interested in asylum politics in the EU context and is practically active in solidarity organisations in Bristol, including the Bristol Hospitality Network. Naomi is currently working on a collaborative arts-based project with asylum-seekers and refugee organisations called ‘the Hospitality Project’ that explores hospitality as a potentially transformative power relationship.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasEuropeUK

Professor Tariq Modood

tariq.modood@bristol.ac.uk
Director, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
Research interests: What is the relationship between multiculturalism, namely, the post-immigration normative project of accommodating citizens-marked-by-origin and the managing of current flows of migrations and mobilities? Is it the case that multiculturalism may continue to be a relevant political perspective in relation to the former but not the latter? If so, how are we to relate the two policy perspectives to each other? Do approaches self-styled as 'interculturalism', 'multiculture' and 'everyday multiculturalism' etc grasp the problem and offer a way forward?
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUK

Magda Mogilnicka

mm13687@bristol.ac.uk 
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: My research interest is in everyday multiculturalism experienced by Polish post-accession immigrants to the UK. My PhD explores the ways in which Polish immigrants encounter ethnic and 'racial' diversity, with particular focus on the contingencies of their engagement in practices such as cosmopolitanism, racism and 'indifference to difference'. Through an ethnographic approach I will investigate the spatial and temporal contexts of their interactions with others in the learning process of living with diversity.
Research clusters: Ethnicity, religion and integration
Research areas: UK

Candice Morgan

ptcdmm@bristol.ac.uk 
DsocSci Student, School of Social Policy
Research interests: My current research focus is around the UK's policy on modern slavery, and how forced labour has been problematised within the Modern Slavery Bill. My interests include: the role of immigration and economic policy in fostering vulnerability to forced labour and trafficking, the gender dimensions evident in decision making around modern slavery; and how humanitarian commitments to reduce modern slavery intersect the current political focus on the negatives of low skilled migration from within and outside the European Economic Area.
Research clusters: Immigration policy, law and human rights; Refugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areas: UK, Europe

Dr Sumita Mukherjee

sumita.mukherjee@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: I am a historian whose work focuses on the transnational migration of South Asian people in the nineteenth and twentieth century. I have written widely on the history of South Asians in Britain, with particular focus on their return back to the Indian subcontinent. I have also written about the broader global migration of South Asian people around the world. I am interested in the effects migration has on social and political identities, representation, and transnational networks.
Research clusters: Migration, culture and historyEthnicity, culture and integration
Research areasUKSouth Asia

Dr Nick Nourse

n.nourse@bristol.ac.uk
Research Assistant, Department of History
Research interests: My interests in migration centre on the conflicting stories of the late-18th and 19th century movement of Italian and German street musicians. Although both groups were economic migrants, only the Germans were trained musicians, skills which meant that they were easily integrated into this country's musical society. In contrast, the Italian story is one of child beggars, a white slave trade, and mechanical musical noise and nuisance. Through my work on the AHRC Connected Communities projects in history, I am beginning to explore ideas on how working with third or fourth generation immigrant families might lead to the recovery of older histories in Bristol's 'outsider' communities.
Research clusters: Refugees, asylum and forced migration; Migration, culture and history
Research areasEurope

Dr Carol O’Sullivan

carol.osullivan@bristol.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Carol O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. She has published widely across the discipline of Translation Studies and has particular interests in translation and film, translation policy, and the representation of foreign language and intercultural communication on screen (see e.g. the monograph Translating Popular Film, 2011). She is a Board member of the European Society for Translation Studies (2010-) and a member of the Steering Group of ARTIS (Advancing Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies). She is currently supervising 5 PhD students on topics ranging from literary translation to language barriers to homelessness services in Bristol and Cardiff. She would be interested to hear from colleagues on topics relating to the intersection of translation and interpreting with migration studies.
Research clusters: Immigration policy, law and human rights; Refugees, asylum and forced migrationMigration, culture and history
Research areas: Europe

Professor Richard Pancost

r.d.pancost@bristol.ac.uk
Professor of Biogeochemistry, School of Chemistry

Helen Paynter

paynterh@bristol-baptist.ac.uk
Research interests: I am a Baptist minister in Bristol, and have a PhD in Old Testament. My main area of research is in modern violence and biblical texts of violence, but intersecting with this is an interest in the causes and human cost of migration. This is particularly as it relates to Christian understandings of ethics, as conditioned by Old Testament narrative and law. Thus far I have written about hospitality, virtue ethics and jubilee in relation to the migration crisis in the UK. I am interested in exploring the subject further, and have been asked to write a popular-level book on the subject for a Christian readership. I also have an active personal engagement with refugees in Bristol.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion, and integrationRefugees, asylum, and forced migration
Research areas: UK, Europe

Denny Pencheva

dp13689@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: My work is strongly interdisciplinary and broadly relates to the fields on international migration, global security and democracy, racialisation, European history, and the Eastern EU Enlargement. My PhD research explores the peculiar prominence Bulgarians and Romanians have received in British news coverage. I am particularly interested in the socially constitutive but also constituted nature of discourse and performativity of language.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUKMiddle EastNorth Africa

Dr Christabelle Peters

c.a.peters@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: I am an interdisciplinary cultural historian specialising in the African Atlantic, particularly the dynamic relationship between culture and transnationalism. Using the discourse-historical method of critical discourse analysis, I focus on the impact of anticolonial politics and race ideologies of national identities, particularly in Latin American and Portuguese-speaking Africa. My current research looks at the cultural politics of race in Angola, Brazil and Cuba through the optics of diaspora and creolization. This involves tracing back to the transatlantic slave trade in order to understand the environments in which these societies developed.
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasEuropeLatin AmericaAfrica

Marcin Polak

mp8382@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Research interests: My general research interests are in racism, religion, culture, discourse, and migration. I am particularly interested in the recent Polish migration to the UK. My doctoral research examines the role of racism used by Poles against other minorities in the UK. I argue that, on the microstructure level, racism can function as a discursive tool that helps the Polish immigrants to adapt to the British society.
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integrationMigration, culture and historyFamily and gender
Research areasUKEuropeMiddle East

Dr Devyani Prabhat

dp13689@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Migration related research interest: Long term migrants and integration into citizenship. National security and migration (particularly citizenship). Socio-legal and comparative legal analysis. This has more info about my current ESRC funded project: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/research/centres-themes/citizenshipandlaw.html.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rights
Research areasUKEurope

Dr Dorothy Price

d.price@bristol.ac.u
Reader in History of Art, School of Humanities
Research interests: My research focuses on German art in the 20th century and aspects of contemporary Black British and diasporic art through the lens of gender, race and sexuality. I research the cultural production of German and British artists in the 20th and 21st centuries whose work is affected by the experiences of migration, diaspora and exile in all its forms. I am research lead for the Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster and series editor for the Peter Lang book series Transnational Cultures. I have published a number of articles on the work of black, Asian and diasporic artists in Britain whose work speaks variously to issues of race, identity, migration and/or exile including Lubaina Himid,Frank Bowling, Hew Locke, Sonia Boyce, Ingrid Pollard, Lubna Chowdhary, Mohini Chandra, Oreet Ashery and others. In 2013 I co-edited (with Marsha Meskimmon) Women, the Arts and Globalization: Eccentric Experience (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013). I am currently working on a number of projects, including research relating to the AHRC funded project, Black artists and Modernism, a forthcoming exhibition on German Expressionism for the Royal Academy of Art (Spring 2019) and I have just been appointed editor of the internationally renowned research journal Art History (from 2017).
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasEuropeNorth America

Natasha Price

natasha.price@bristol.ac.uk
Teaching Fellow, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: Natasha has convened Conflict, Migration and Human Rights (in conjunction with Social Medicine) for the past six years. Her primary research interests are around gender roles and identities in conflict/post-conflict settings and gender based violence among forced migrants. She has undertaken fieldwork in Rwandan refugee camps on these topics and recently facilitated training sessions on GBV for UNHCR in Rwanda.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasAfrica

Dr Dheeraj Rai

dheeraj.rai@bristol.ac.uk
Consultant Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Community Medicine

Dr Nick Rees-Roberts

n.rees-roberts@bristol.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Nick Rees-Roberts is Senior Lecturer in French (Film Studies). His research focuses on French cinema and modern French culture, with a focus on queer studies, gender and sexuality, and the history and theory of fashion. His publications include French Queer Cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2008/2014) and Homo exoticus: race, classe et critique queer (Armand Colin, 2010), which examines issues of gender, race, migration and queer sexuality in contemporary France.
Research clustersMigration, culture and history
Research areasEurope

Dr Ruth Riley

r.riley@bristol.ac.uk
Senior Research Associate, School of Social and Community Medicine

Dr Florian Scheding

florian.scheding@bristol.ac.uk
Lecturer, Department of Music
Research interests: As a cultural historian, my main interest of research is music and migration, especially the displacement of European music and musicians caused by the extreme political upheavals and catastrophes that characterise the 20th century. He posits that an approach to music through the lens of migration can challenge and enrich socio-cultural understandings of music as well as conceptions of music historiography. He has published on topics such as avant-garde music of migrant composers during World War II, music by émigrés for film, cabaret of diasporic communities, as well as historiographies of exile studies.
Research clustersMigration, culture and historyRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUKEuropeNorth America

Dr Siobhan Shilton

s.shilton@bristol.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: Siobhán Shilton is Reader in French Studies and the Visual Arts at the University of Bristol. Her main research interests are postcolonialism and transnationalism in contemporary art and 20th- and 21st-century literature in French. She is author of a monograph on Transcultural Encounters: Gender and Genre in Franco-Maghrebi Art (Manchester University Press, 2013) and co-author (with Charles Forsdick and Feroza Basu) of New Approaches to Twentieth-Century Travel Literature in French: History, Genre, Theory (Peter Lang, 2006).
Research clustersEthnicity, religion and integrationRefugees, asylum and forced migrationMigration, culture and history
Research areas: North AfricaMiddle East

Ann Singleton

ann.singleton@bristol.ac.uk
Senior Research Fellow, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: Her research interests are in the use of statistical data on migration in the development of UK and EU policies and in migration, asylum, poverty and social justice. Ann teaches undergraduate and master's level units on migration, asylum and human rights and she supervises postgraduate research students.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUKEurope

Dr Barbara Spadaro

b.spadaro@bristol.ac.uk
Research Associate, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: My research examines ideas of citizenship and belonging from the 19th century to present, focusing on the mobility of memory of Italian cultures across the Mediterranean. My work investigates the processes of (self-)identification of people of Italian, Jewish and Arab background, examining changes in memory narratives and media. My PhD in History has been a study of the racialized representations of Italians from Libya during the colonial decades, and my subsequent project has investigated memories of the Jewish diaspora from Libya across Europe and the Mediterranean.
Research clusters: Migration, culture and history
Research areasEuropeNorth AfricaMiddle East

Daisuke Wakisaka

dw14786@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School for Policy Studies
Research interests: My research aims at proposing better migration policies focusing on highly skilled migration in Japan and the UK. Through my experience as a researcher in the Japanese business sector, I realised that Japan has lagged far behind other nations in attracting skilled workers. Unless we carefully analyse migration policies objectively and look at quantitative outcomes, policy discussions risk ending up as mere emotional and highly loaded arguments; this will prevent us from designing and implementing a stable long-term policy. Therefore, I intend to analyse migration data carefully and reveal effects of policies quantitatively.
Research clustersImmigration policy, law and human rightsRefugees, asylum and forced migrationWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasEast Asia

Dr Debbie Watson

debbie.watson@bristol.ac.uk
Reader in Childhood Studies, School of Policy Studies
Research interests: I am currently the academic lead for one of the Productive Margins projects (based in Law) on child and family poverty called 'Life Chances' which explores the experiences of and impact of regulatory systems in England and Wales on families in low income situations. Many of these are asylum seeking families and we have been exploring their routes through and the challenges faced in the UK immigration and welfare systems as they seek asylum for themselves and their children and the associated services that enable access to benefits, employment, education, social work provision. I am also working with colleagues in Sweden to explore ways in which schools and pre-schools in Sweden are receiving migrant children and the barriers to inclusion in education that are being faced by young unaccompanied refugees.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migration
Research areasUK

Professor Anne White

anne.white@ucl.ac.uk
Professor of Polish Studies and Social Science, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
Research interests: My research interests encompass both sending and receiving countries, with particular focus on the impact of migration on social change in sending countries; migration as a livelihood strategy; migration cultures, transnational networks and return; the gendering of migration; integration in receiving countries. Since 2006 I have been working on Polish international migration, although I have also published on Russian internal migration. In addition to conducting research in Poland and the UK I teach English to Polish migrants in Bath and run the Polish Migration Website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/research/polish-migration. Recent publications include: Polish Families and Migration since EU Accession (Bristol: The Policy Press 2011); ‘Polish Return and Double Return Migration’, Europe-Asia Studies, 66, 1 (2014); ‘Double Return Migration: Failed Returns to Poland Leading to Settlement Abroad and New Transnational Strategies’, International Migration, 52, 6 (2014); ‘The Mobility of Polish families in the West of England: Translocalism and Attitudes to Return’, Studia Migracyjne – PrzeglÄ…d Polonijny, 1 (2011); and (with Louise Ryan) ‘Polish “Temporary” Migration: the Formation and Significance of Social Networks’, Europe-Asia Studies, 60, 7 (2008). I am Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
Research clustersFamily and genderWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, religion and integration
Research areasUKEurope

Suzannah Young

sy15748@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Modern Languages
Research interests: My project looks at where help with language is needed in Bristol and Cardiff homelessness services and what support is available, in a climate of increasing migrant homelessness in the UK.
Research clustersRefugees, asylum and forced migrationImmigration policy, law and human rightsWork, organisations and mobilityEthnicity, culture and integration
Research areasUK

Nina Zhang

nina.zhang@bristol.ac.uk
PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences
Research interests: I investigate how indicators of migration have changed between 2000 and 2010 using data from successive censuses and the extended and enhanced gravity models, with particular attention given to the roles of rural/urban segment rather than total population and income disparity rather than GDP, as a major part of internal migration in China is composed of rural-urban migration and is stimulated by economic incentives as well as job opportunities.
Research clustersFamily and genderWork, organisations and mobility
Research areasEast Asia

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