I am a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University and Associate Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
Prior to joining ENU I was a Postdoctoral Researcher on two large qualitative research projects: At Loughborough University working with Professor Karen O'Reilly on Lifestyle Migration in East Asia (ESRC); and at Newcastle University working with Professor Peter Hopkins on Young People's Everyday Geopolitics (AHRC).
I completed a PhD in human geography in 2012 that explored Polish mobilities and the re-making of self, family and community. Prior to this I worked as a policy researcher on a range of projects related to social mobility, inequality and youth in post-industrial regions.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Association of American Geographers and an Associate of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland.
My research critically engages with debates in social, political and population geography on the subjects of race, migration and security. Heavily influenced by feminist social theory and practice, I am interested in exploring/advancing:
a) the intersectional and relational dynamics of migration and mobility;
b) the multi-scalar relationship between geopolitical discourse and practice and people's everyday (in)securities;
c) participatory and co-produced research methodologies
My current research investigates Polish migration to the UK in the context of Brexit exploring the impact of geopolitical instability on psycho-social identities. This reflects a broader interest in processes of differentiation in EU mobility regimes and the strategies of resistance employed by migrants to preserve ontological security alongside political uncertainty and exclusion.
I also have ongoing involvement in collaborative research with Peter Hopkins (Newcastle University), Gurchathen Sanghera (University of St Andrews) and Rowena Arshad (University of Edinburgh) on young people’s everyday geopolitics in Scotland, focusing on the intersections of race, religion and migration against the backdrop of Scottish nationalism and the 2014 independence referendum.
I currently teach the human geography content on ENU's BA (hons) Social Sciences programme
SSC08100 Society, Space and Place
SSC09102/SSC09602 Social and Cultural Landscapes
SSC10117 Nature, Culture and Ethics.
I also run a course on urban change in Hong Kong, and contribute to undergraduate lectures on qualitative research and visual research methods.
I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.