Kiril Sharapov

kiril sharapov

Dr Kiril Sharapov

Associate Professor

Biography

I am Associate Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University and Associate Director at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science - the largest social science doctoral training partnership in the UK funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and by the Scottish Funding Council.

At Edinburgh Napier, I am Head of Research for Postgraduate Students (Recruitment) and Convenor of the Migration and Mobilities Research Network.

In my research capacity, I am also affiliated with the Centre for Policy Studies at Central European University (Hungary).

I am internationally recognised for my research in the field of forced migration and, in particular, human trafficking, as evidenced by my top-ranking publications, extensive research portfolio, academic standing and international reputation. In addition, I have been championing and mentoring early career researches both in the UK and internationally.

I remain both an advocate and a practitioner of co-produced participatory and emancipatory research which blends 'traditional' social science methodology and more innovative arts-based research engagements to develop and deliver research which meaningfully incorporates voices of seldom heard communities, including persons with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, sex workers and persons with lived experiences of human trafficking.

I received my PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow and an MA in Human Rights from the Central European University.

In 2015 – 2016, I was Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bedfordshire, Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Children and Young People's Service, associated member of the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking, and a full member of the Institute of Applied Social Research.

In 2013-2014, I led a research project investigating public understanding of human trafficking in three European countries. This research was funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship awarded by the European Commission (FP7-PEOPLE-IEF / PIEF-GA-2011-298401, evaluated/ ranked as Number 1 on the all European Social Science panel application list).

In 2021/22, I am leading a GCRF/AHRC funded project investigating the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities in Ukraine, including internally displaced persons with disabilities. I am also a member of the two research teams investigating the impact on the pandemic on refugees and asylum-seekers in Scotland.

I am Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

I welcome expressions of interest for Doctoral Supervision in areas such as:
- Migration and mobility with a particular focus on human rights, trafficking in human beings and 'modern slavery', forced migration, free and unfree labour
- Subjectivity, politics and neoliberalism
- Environmental degradation and social divisions

Any potential candidates please send your expressions of interest to: k.sharapov@napier.ac.uk

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • UK Migration Advisory Committee (Home Office shortlist)
  • Membership of the Cross-Party group on Human Trafficking at the Scottish Parliament

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Annual Hub Festival 2022 (Organiser and co-Chair)
  • Chair of the organising committee: Moving Between Belonging: The Absurdity of Settlement. Edinburgh Napier University
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Annual Hub Festival 2021 (Organiser and co-Chair)
  • Organising committee for 'The vision of socio-economic development of Artsakh’ , Armenian State University of Economics
  • Chair of the organising committee, Migration and Mobilities Research Network Annual Conference 2019 Getting Stuck...Moving On... Edinburgh Napier University
  • Chair of the organising committee: Researching Mobilities, Pasts and Futures: Research Network Launch, Edinburgh Napier University
  • (Co)-organiser and Keynote speaker, Human Trafficking and Online Networks Workshop, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member, Anti-Trafficking Review
  • Launch of the special edition of Anti-Trafficking Review (Volume 13), Bangkok and Edinburgh

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Abertay University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Visiting Researcher Fellowship Award, Ministry of Education of Taiwan
  • 2009 - current: Senior Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
  • 2008 - current: Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • SGSSS ESRC-DTP Student-led Open Competition Global Panel
  • SGSSS ESRC-DTP Supervisor-led Studentship PHD competition Panel
  • SGSSS ESRC-DTP Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition 2020/21 - Final Selection Panel

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer/Expert, Horizon Europe, HORIZON-MSCA-2021
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: Open Collaborative Competition
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP): ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: Student-led Open Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: SDS Collaborative Studentship Competition
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College
  • EU Expert database, Reviwer/ Evaluator for H2020-MSCA-IF
  • Eonomic and Social Research Council Peer Review College

 

Invited Speaker

  • invited Speaker, Disability and COVID-19. 6th International Conference on Disability and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Co-chair and organiser (invited): Webinar on War, Disability and Displacement in Ukraine, The International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Public Lecture: ‘Catch and rescue’: Ignorance, humanitarianism and anti-trafficking public awareness, University of Oxford
  • Public Lecture: ‘From Migration to Mobility to Climate Change: What does ‘Migration’ really mean?’, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education
  • Tertiary Education Futures Collaboration Workshop, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Young Academy of Scotland
  • Invited Speaker: International Expert Roundtable, Understanding the Linkages between (Labour) Exploitation, Migration & Human Trafficking, 14 September 2021, Vienna, Austria.
  • Invited Speaker: International Expert Round Table: Human Trafficking Reloaded: Making Identification and Justice safe and accessible for victims in digital and post-COVID times, 16 April 2021:
  • Centre for Climate Justice Seminar Series: Dead animals, frozen grass and people on the move: neoliberal encompassment and abandonment in Mongolia, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Chair, Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 13 Launch, GAATW (Bangkok) and RSE (Edinburgh)
  • Invited Speaker: Resilience versus Vulnerability: How to break the cycle of exploitation and human trafficking in the digital age, 27 September 2019, Vienna, Austria
  • Invited Speaker: Human Trafficking in the Digital Age: the Interplay between ‘New’ Technology, Trafficking and Anti-Human Trafficking: Ethical, Political and Social Challenges Posed By Online Networks (and Special Session on Psychological Health Impact of Human Trafficking), 28 September 2018, Vienna, Austria
  • Invited Speaker, Scottish Government Seminar Series organised by the Justice Analytical Services, Safer Communities Directorate at the Scottish Government.
  • Invited Speaker: Preventing human trafficking through ‘Decent Work for Everybody’ and combating child trafficking and exploitation in Europe, 30 September 2016, Vienna, Austria
  • Invited Speaker: Turning Suspicion into Evidence: Challenging Current Policy and Justice Responses of Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation, 20 November 2015, Vienna, Austria
  • Invited speaker: Stop Human Trafficking. Mission Impossible? Challenging Current Assumptions and Policy Responses to Human Trafficking, 21 November 2014, Vienna, Austria
  • 2015: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) International Members Congress 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Conference paper: Safe environment? Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak, IASFM 18
  • Conference paper: Displacement, Disability and the Pandemic: the Impact of Covid-19 on Internally Displaced Persons with Disabilities in Ukraine 15th ESA Conference 2021
  • Conference paper: Failure across borders: the spread of bad anti-trafficking, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021
  • Think-tank Event: International Expert Round Table: Understanding the Linkages between (Labour) Exploitation, Migration & Human Trafficking
  • Member, AMERA International - Charity Organization for Refugees
  • Migration and Poverty​: 2019 Salzburg Conference in ​Interdisciplinary Poverty Research
  • Conference paper: Manchester Migration Lab: World on the Move - Migration, Societies and Change
  • Anti-Trafficking Review Volume 9 Launch
  • Conference paper: Boston University: Disrupting the Human Trafficking-Migration Nexus Workshop
  • Conference paper: Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria
  • Conference paper: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016, London, United Kingdom
  • Conference paper: Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, USA
  • Conference Paper: the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA
  • Conference Paper: XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan
  • Third Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Conference paper: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, London, United Kingdom
  • 'Not For Sale – Joining Forces Against Trafficking In Human Beings', OSCE, Vienna, Austria
  • Conference paper, 'People and the Planet', RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External PHD examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • External PhD Examiner, Moldova State University
  • External PHD examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • External PhD Examiner, University of Stirling

 

Reviewing

  • 2020 - current: Peer reviewer, SN Social Sciences (ISSN: 2662-9283)
  • 2020 - current: Peer reviewer for Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
  • 2020 - present: Peer reviewer for Social Forces
  • 2018 - current: Peer reviewer for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • 2017 - current: EU Expert database, Evaluator for H2020-MSCA-IF
  • 2016 - current: ESRC college for the Global Challenges Research Fund
  • 2014 - current: Anti-Trafficking Review
  • 2014 - current: Journal of Human Trafficking

 

Visiting Positions

  • National Taiwan University Visiting Fellow (3 months, funded by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan)
  • Associate Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), 0.3FTE ENU-funded secondment

 

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‘Are we criminals?’ Encounters with accommodation providers and everyday housing experiences amongst asylum seekers living in Glasgow during the pandemic

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T., Blake, Y., Maclean, G., MacLeod, K., Sharapov, K., & Makutsa, R. (2021, December)
‘Are we criminals?’ Encounters with accommodation providers and everyday housing experiences amongst asylum seekers living in Glasgow during the pandemic. Paper presented at Refugee Borders and Home-making, Barcelona
This paper addresses these gaps in our knowledge. It draws from TEMPACCO research project (https://tempacco.wordpress.com/), which is an ongoing 12-month digital collaborative...

Expanding Circles of Failure: The Rise of Bad Anti-Trafficking, and What to Do About It

Digital Artefact
Mendel, J., & Sharapov, K. (2021)
Expanding Circles of Failure: The Rise of Bad Anti-Trafficking, and What to Do About It. [Online]
The anti-trafficking movement has been able to expand and impact on ever-broader circles of life in spite of – and often because of – a failure to achieve its stated goals. Th...

The impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Ukraine (with a particular focus on internally displaced Persons with Disabilities)

Presentation / Conference
Sharapov, K. (2021, August)
The impacts of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Ukraine (with a particular focus on internally displaced Persons with Disabilities). Paper presented at 15th European Sociological Association Conference: Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures, Barcelona

Failure across borders: the spread of bad anti-trafficking

Presentation / Conference
Mendel, J., & Sharapov, K. (2021, August)
Failure across borders: the spread of bad anti-trafficking. Paper presented at RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, London
Ineffective and harmful anti-trafficking is being internationalised in some striking ways, partly in response to representations of trafficking networks as borderless and omni...

Safe environment? Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers during the Covid-19 outbreak

Report
Guma, T., Maclean, G., Macleod, K., & Sharapov, K. (2021)
Safe environment? Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers during the Covid-19 outbreak. ESRC
This report presents interim findings of the research project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers during the Covid-19 outbreak. The proje...

Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T., Sharapov, K., Blake, Y., Makutsa, R., Maclean, G., & Macleod, K. (2021, July)
Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak. Paper presented at Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy, University of Ghana
Paper presented at Disrupting Theory, Unsettling Practice: Towards Transformative Forced Migration Scholarship and Policy, University of Ghana, 26-30 July 2021.

Safe environment? Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T., Maclean, G., Sharapov, K., & MacLeod, K. (2021, April)
Safe environment? Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak. Paper presented at BSA Annual Conference 2021: Remaking the Future, Online

‘Stick them to the cross’: Anti-trafficking apps and the production of ignorance

Journal Article
Mendel, J., & Sharapov, K. (in press)
‘Stick them to the cross’: Anti-trafficking apps and the production of ignorance. Journal of Human Trafficking, https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2020.1801284
There is a long history of ignorance production around trafficking in human beings. A proliferation of anti-trafficking apps plays an important role in the reinforcement of th...

Public Understanding of Trafficking in Human Beings in Great Britain, Hungary and Ukraine

Journal Article
Sharapov, K. (2019)
Public Understanding of Trafficking in Human Beings in Great Britain, Hungary and Ukraine. Anti-trafficking review, 13, 30-49. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201219133
This article provides a summary of research undertaken to investigate public awareness and understanding of human trafficking in Great Britain, Ukraine, and Hungary. Respondin...

Editorial: Knowledge is Power, Ignorance is Bliss: Public perceptions and responses to human trafficking

Journal Article
Sharapov, K., Hoff, S., & Gerasimov, B. (2019)
Editorial: Knowledge is Power, Ignorance is Bliss: Public perceptions and responses to human trafficking. Anti-trafficking review, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201219131
The focus of this issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review—public perceptions and responses to human trafficking—reflects the growing unease and disagreements among anti-trafficki...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • 2016 - 2018: Erasmus+ 2016 Key Action 107, Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, Armenian State University of Economics, € 33,600
  • 2016 - 2018: Erasmus+ 2016 Key Action 107, Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, University of Waseda, Japan, € 60,060
  • 2016: Climate Change, Movement and Vulnerability: a case-study of Mongolia, co-funded by IMPAKT and IASR, PI, £5,000
  • 2015 - 2017: Erasmus+ 2015 Key Action 107, Higher Education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, € 34,920
  • 2013 - 2015: Understanding Public Knowledge and Attitudes towards Trafficking in Human Beings: A Cross-National Study, PI, EU FP7, €195,724
  • 2012 - 2014: Stop Traffic: Unweaving the Web of Online Human Trafficking: a Pilot Study (together with Dr Jonathan Mendel), Scottish Crucible, Co-PI, £3,932
  • 2010 - 2011: Project Leader, Employability E-Forum for Social Sciences Students, £10,000, Scottish Funding Council
  • 2007 - 2010: Getting in, Getting on...in Construction Modern Apprentices in Scotland, Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, Edinburgh Napier University

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