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Dr Katie Bales

Dr Katie Bales

Dr Katie Bales

Lecturer in Law

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Lecturer in Law

Office 3.57
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 33 15200


asylum seekers and social policy; welfare state; labour law; socio-economic rights; political economy; cosmopolitanism; intersectionality

Katie's doctorate ‘Realising respect for the asylum seeker: Balancing and conceptualising rights, immigration control and the welfare state’ was completed at Northumbria University in 2015. She has worked on two external research projects for the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Both projects centred on the State's compliance with human rights obligations with particular focus on welfare reform and the immigration detention of children. Katie has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published work in a number of areas, including: nationalism and the development of social policy; the asylum support system; the legal implications of immigration raids; and labour within immigration detention.

Recent Conference Papers:

- 'The growth of nationalism within social policy: A case study of the asylum support system', Social Policy in the Spotlight, Social Policy Association, Belfast Metropolitan College, Belfast, 6-8th July 2015 

- 'Us and Them: The exclusionary impact of 'New Nationalism' upon the social rights of asylum seekers in the UK', Law's Promise and Law's Pathos, Law and Society Association, Seattle, 28-31st May 2015 

- 'One step forwards and two steps back? The regression of social rights for asylum seekers in the UK', Making sense of social rights, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 16-17th June 2014 (Invited Contribution)

- ‘Intersecting Identities and Asylum Support: unnecessary boundaries?’, Law on the Edge, jointly presented by the Canadian Law and Society Association and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1- 4th July 2013

- ‘Asylum Seekers and the Welfare State: A Social Dystopia?’, Critical Legal Studies Conference, Stockholm, 14-16th September 2012

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Katie Bales is a lecturer in law. She coordinates the undergraduate Constitutional Rights module and the postgraduate Migration and Work unit. She also teaches on the Employment Law, Rich Law Poor Law and Public Law (MA) modules. 


  • Asylum
  • Welfare state
  • Economic and social rights
  • Intersectional discrimination
  • Cosmopolitanism

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