Kiril Sharapov
kiril sharapov

Dr Kiril Sharapov

Associate Professor

Biography

Kiril Sharapov is Associate Professor at the School of Applies Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University. He is a founding convenor of the Migration and Mobilities Research Network. He is a member of the AHRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges and a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Panel. In 2009, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Previously, he was an Associate Director at the ESRC's Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences (2020-2023) and University Head of Research (Research Student Recruitment) at Edinburgh Napier University (2021-2022). He has a MA (Human Rights) from Central European University and PhD (Politics), University of Glasgow.

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

Kiril played a key role in the University’s REF2021 submission. As the UoA20 Lead, he coordinated the University's first-ever submission for this Unit. He contributed five outputs, with 83% of the 23 outputs submitted under this Unit achieving a 3* or 4* rating. Furthermore, Kiril was a named author on one of the two submitted case studies, both of which attained rankings of 3* and 4*.

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

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

Kiril remains 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.

In 2015 – 2016, Kiril 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, Kiril 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).


Kiril welcomes 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

Events

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
  • Organising committee for 'The vision of socio-economic development of Artsakh’ , Armenian State University of Economics
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Annual Hub Festival 2021 (Organiser and co-Chair)
  • 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: SDS Collaborative Studentship Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: Open Collaborative Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: Student-led Open Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP): ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme Competition
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • EU Expert database, Reviwer/ Evaluator for H2020-MSCA-IF
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College
  • Eonomic and Social Research Council Peer Review College

 

Invited Speaker

  • 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
  • invited Speaker, Disability and COVID-19. 6th International Conference on Disability and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 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:
  • Invited Speaker: International Expert Roundtable, Understanding the Linkages between (Labour) Exploitation, Migration & Human Trafficking, 14 September 2021, Vienna, Austria.
  • Tertiary Education Futures Collaboration Workshop, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Young Academy of Scotland
  • 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
  • Centre for Climate Justice Seminar Series: Dead animals, frozen grass and people on the move: neoliberal encompassment and abandonment in Mongolia, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Invited Speaker: Resilience versus Vulnerability: How to break the cycle of exploitation and human trafficking in the digital age, 27 September 2019, Vienna, Austria
  • Chair, Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 13 Launch, GAATW (Bangkok) and RSE (Edinburgh)
  • 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: Preventing human trafficking through ‘Decent Work for Everybody’ and combating child trafficking and exploitation in Europe, 30 September 2016, Vienna, Austria
  • Invited Speaker, Scottish Government Seminar Series organised by the Justice Analytical Services, Safer Communities Directorate at the Scottish Government.
  • 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

  • Think-tank Event: International Expert Round Table: Understanding the Linkages between (Labour) Exploitation, Migration & Human Trafficking
  • 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
  • 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: Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, USA
  • Conference paper: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016, London, United Kingdom
  • Conference paper: Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria
  • Conference Paper: the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA
  • 'Not For Sale – Joining Forces Against Trafficking In Human Beings', OSCE, Vienna, Austria
  • Conference paper: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, London, United Kingdom
  • Conference Paper: XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan
  • Third Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 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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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. (2022)
‘Stick them to the cross’: Anti-trafficking apps and the production of ignorance. Journal of Human Trafficking, 8(3), 233-249. 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...

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...

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...

Trafficking in Human Beings and the Informal Economy

Book Chapter
Sharapov, K. (2018)
Trafficking in Human Beings and the Informal Economy. In R. Piotrowicz, C. Rijken, & B. Heide Uhl (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking. London, UK: Routledge
No abstract available.

Trafficking in Human Beings: Made and Cut to Measure? Anti-trafficking Docufictions and the Production of Anti-trafficking Truths

Journal Article
Sharapov, K., & Mendel, J. (2018)
Trafficking in Human Beings: Made and Cut to Measure? Anti-trafficking Docufictions and the Production of Anti-trafficking Truths. Cultural Sociology, 12(4), 540-560. https://doi.org/10.1177/1749975518788657
This paper responds to Gozdziak's (2015: 30) call to explore how the knowledge that informs public debates about human trafficking is generated. Media imagery and narratives p...

Productive Ignorance: Assessing Public Understanding of Human Trafficking in Ukraine, Hungary and Great Britain

Book
Sharapov, K. (2016)
Productive Ignorance: Assessing Public Understanding of Human Trafficking in Ukraine, Hungary and Great Britain. In P. Rigby, & M. Malloch (Eds.), Human Trafficking: The Complexities of Exploitation, 17-40. Edinburgh University Press. doi:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401128.003.0002
Focusing on three national case studies this chapter explores the comparative empirical data on public knowledge and understanding of human trafficking, examining the link bet...

Human Trafficking and Online Networks: Policy, Analysis, and Ignorance

Journal Article
Mendel, J., & Sharapov, K. (2016)
Human Trafficking and Online Networks: Policy, Analysis, and Ignorance. Antipode, 48(3), 665-684. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12213
Dominant anti-trafficking policy discourses represent trafficking as an issue of crime, “illegal” migration, victimhood and humanitarianism. Such a narrow focus is not an adeq...

‘Traffickers and Their Victims’: Anti-Trafficking Policy in the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Sharapov, K. (2017)
‘Traffickers and Their Victims’: Anti-Trafficking Policy in the United Kingdom. Critical Sociology, 43(1), 91-111. https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920515598562
This paper relies upon the ‘what’s the problem represented to be?’ approach to policy analysis to interrogate key representations of human trafficking implicit in the UK gover...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • 2016: Climate Change, Movement and Vulnerability: a case-study of Mongolia, co-funded by IMPAKT and IASR, PI, £5,000
  • 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 - 2018: Erasmus+ 2016 Key Action 107, Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, Armenian State University of Economics, € 33,600
  • 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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