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: firstname.lastname@example.org