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

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer/Expert, Horizon Europe, HORIZON-MSCA-2021
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP): ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme Competition
  • 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), Grant Reviewer: Student-led Open Competition
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC-DTP), Grant Reviewer: SDS Collaborative Studentship Competition
  • 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

  • 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: ‘From Migration to Mobility to Climate Change: What does ‘Migration’ really mean?’, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education
  • Public Lecture: ‘Catch and rescue’: Ignorance, humanitarianism and anti-trafficking public awareness, University of Oxford
  • 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:
  • Tertiary Education Futures Collaboration Workshop, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Young Academy of Scotland
  • 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, 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: Failure across borders: the spread of bad anti-trafficking, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021
  • Conference paper: Displacement, Disability and the Pandemic: the Impact of Covid-19 on Internally Displaced Persons with Disabilities in Ukraine 15th ESA 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: Boston University: Disrupting the Human Trafficking-Migration Nexus Workshop
  • Anti-Trafficking Review Volume 9 Launch
  • Conference paper: Manchester Migration Lab: World on the Move - Migration, Societies and Change
  • 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
  • Third Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Conference paper: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014, London, United Kingdom
  • Conference Paper: XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan
  • '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, University of Stirling
  • External PHD examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Reviewing

  • 2020 - current: Peer reviewer for Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
  • 2020 - current: Peer reviewer, SN Social Sciences (ISSN: 2662-9283)
  • 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: Journal of Human Trafficking
  • 2014 - current: Anti-Trafficking Review

 

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

 

Date


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Policy Briefing: Human Trafficking and Online Networks

Report
Sharapov, K. & Mendel, J. (2014)
Policy Briefing: Human Trafficking and Online Networks. Budapest: European Commission & Central European University
No abstract available.

Giving us the ‘Biggest Bang for the Buck’ (or Not): Anti-trafficking government funding in Ukraine and the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Sharapov, K. (2014)
Giving us the ‘Biggest Bang for the Buck’ (or Not): Anti-trafficking government funding in Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Anti-trafficking review, 3, 16-40. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.20121432
The focus of this paper is on government anti-trafficking policies and funding allocations in two case-study countries, Ukraine and the United Kingdom (UK). The paper discusse...

Getting in, Getting on...in Construction Modern Apprentices in Scotland

Report
Sharapov, K. & Tizard, J. (2011)
Getting in, Getting on...in Construction Modern Apprentices in Scotland. Edinburgh: ConstructionSkills
This report describes research supported by ConstructionSkills, the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering & Technology, Edinburgh Napier University, the E...

Research Briefing No.10: Getting In, Getting On in Construction Experiences of women and men studying Built Environment in Scottish Universities (2008)

Report
Sharapov, K. & Tizard, J. (2007)
Research Briefing No.10: Getting In, Getting On in Construction Experiences of women and men studying Built Environment in Scottish Universities (2008). Edinburgh: UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Experiences of women and men studying Built Environment in Scottish Universities 2008.

Getting In Getting On In Construction: Experiences of women and men studying construction in Scotland (2008)

Report
Sharapov, K. & Tizard, J. (2007)
Getting In Getting On In Construction: Experiences of women and men studying construction in Scotland (2008). Edinburgh: ConstructionSkills
This report explores the findings of a study into factors affecting the progression of undergraduates from built environment programmes into employment in the Scottish constru...

Temporary asylum accommodation: Key policies and practices

Report
Guma, T., Maclean, G., Macleod, K., & Sharapov, K. (2021)
Temporary asylum accommodation: Key policies and practices. ESRC
This review provides the policy context for the research project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 out...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • 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
  • 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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