I joined Edinburgh Napier University in January 2019 as a Lecturer in Human Geography. Previously, I held the position of WISERD Post-doctoral Research Associate at Aberystwyth University for three years. My postdoctoral research engaged with geographical approaches to place and belonging to analyse migrants' participation in civil society in Wales and the changing nature of citizens' activism in a globalised world. Prior to that, in 2015, I was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, where I conducted a small research project exploring the nexus of migration and civil society in a non-Western context.
Currently, I am PI on the ESRC-funded project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak. This is a 12 months study exploring the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on asylum seekers and refugees living in Glasgow . The project focuses on those individuals placed in temporary accommodations such as hostels and hotels, using Glasgow as a base for the project as the local authority with the most dispersed asylum seekers in the UK. Adopting digital ethnographic methods, the project is co-designed and co-produced with grassroots migrant organisations and aims to influence government policies and practices and raise awareness about the issues and challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK.
My research interests lie in the field of migration studies, covering a wide range of topics and issues, including civil society and participation; place and belonging; ‘race’ and ethnicity; social security and risks; transnationalism and healthcare; online networks and digital communities; Brexit and EU migration. Underpinned by an ethnographic perspective, my work is empirically driven and theoretically informed. It is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on concepts and ideas from various fields including migration studies, human geography, anthropology and sociology. I have published my work in various peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power; Population, Space and Place; Central and Eastern European Migration Review.
The foundations for my research interests in migration were laid during my first degree in Anthropology, University College London, where I developed my understanding of migration phenomena from an ethnographic perspective. I conducted my first empirical projects on migration during my two Master's degree courses in Russian, Central and East European studies which I completed at the University of Glasgow in 2008 and 2010. These studies also shaped my knowledge in geographical theories of non-Western/post-socialist societies and language-based empirical research. My PhD thesis which I completed in 2015 at the University of Glasgow was an ethnographic study of East European migrants living in Glasgow. The study drew on anthropological (and sociological) perspectives on risks and social security to explore these migrants' negotiations of insecurities in their daily life.
I will be happy to consider research proposals and supervise students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of my research areas.
Kyle Schwartz (2018- ) Disaster and everyday life: Dynamics of vulnerability and resilience among Tibetan refugees in the 2015 Nepal earthquake (with Dr Kiril Sharapov (DoS) and Prof Richard Whitecross
Abigail Cunningham, (2020-) A qualitative exploration of Scottish Pakistanis’ experiences of policing (with Dr Elizabeth Aston (DoS) and Dr Grant Jeffrey).
Isabel Stark, (2021-) Climate change, risk and migration in Global North and Global South: A comparison study (with Dr Kiril Sharapov).
- (2020). Turning citizens into immigrants: state practices of welfare ‘cancellations’ and document retention among EU nationals living in Glasgow. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46 (13): 2647-2663 .
- (2019) ‘It’s that kind of place here’: solidarity, place-making and civil society response to the 2015 refugee crisis in Wales, UK. Social Inclusion 7(2), 96-105. (with M. Woods, S. Yarker and J. Anderson)
- (2018). “Where are we going to go now?”: EU migrants’ experiences of hostility, anxiety and (non-)belonging during Brexit. Population, Space and Place. (with R. D. Jones). DOI: 10.1002/psp.2198.
- (2018). The making of a 'risk population': categorisations of Roma and ethnic boundary-making among Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants in Glasgow. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2018.1441690.
- (2018). Exploring potentialities of (health)care in Glasgow and beyond: negotiations of social security among Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants. Central and Eastern European Migration Review 7 (1), 73-90. DOI: 10.17467/ceemr.2018.02.
- (Forthcoming). ‘Xenophobia and discrimination: Migrants, minorities and civil society.’ In: P. Chaney and I. R. Jones (eds) Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and the existential challenge facing civil society. Policy Press, 2019. (with R. D. Jones).
- (Forthcoming). ‘Digital threat to sense of belonging and community? The rise of virtual institutions’. In: P. Chaney and I. R. Jones (eds) Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and the existential challenge facing civil society. Policy Press, 2019. (with M. Woods and S. Yarker)
- (2015). The ethnicisation of need: questioning the role of ethnicity in the provision of support and services for post-accession migrants in Glasgow. Glasgow: University of Glasgow & Glasgow City Council.
- (2012). Introduction: The changing nature of asylum and refugee protection in the last six decades. eSharp, Special Issue: The 1951 UN Refugee Convention - 60 Years On, pp. 1-8 (with C. Farrell).
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS
- Migration, Austerity and Brexit: A Regional Analysis of Race Hate Crimes in Great Britain. A unsettled status? Migration in turbulent age symposium. Aberystwyth, July 2019 (with S. Drinkwater and Rhys Dafydd Jones).
- ‘Virtual diaspora? Revisiting the role of migrants’ online communities in Wales’. Social Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present. A RAI and WISERD joint Seminar. Cardiff University, May 2019
- ‘Progressive localism, global responsibility and the negotiation of place,’ WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods) Annual Conference, University of South Wales, 18-19 July 2018 (with M. Woods and S. Yarker).
- ‘“Getting used to it”: understanding EU migrants’ experiences of hostility in Brexit Wales’. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017, London, 29 August- 1 September, 2017.
- ‘Beyond networks: exploring the role of migrants’ online communities,’ WISERD Annual Conference, University of Bangor, Bangor, 5-7 July 2017.
- ‘“They were chasing me down the streets”: austerity, resilience and care-giving among migrants’ organisations and groups in Wales,’ (with Rhys Dafydd Jones) WISERD Annual Conference, University of Bangor, Bangor 5-7 July 2017.
- Making immigrants out of citizens: (re)contextualising everyday experiences of state welfare provision amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants living in Glasgow, Sociological Review Research Seminar Series – A Sociology of Brexit’, University of Southampton, Southampton, 17 June 2016.
- 'Negotiations of social security and risks amongst Central and East European migrants living in Glasgow', Glasgow City Council, 20 August 2012.
- 'Approaching social security, welfare and risks amongst East European migrants living in Glasgow from different perspectives', Workshop, Between Segregation and Social Integration: Recent Immigrants and Foreign Workers in the USA and in the UK, University of Glasgow, 28 June 2010.