Taulant Guma
taulant guma

Dr Taulant Guma

Lecturer

Biography

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. https://tempacco.wordpress.com/. This is a 14 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 asylum accommodation, ‘race’ and ethnicity; social security and risks; civil society and participation; place and belonging; online networks and digital communities; Brexit and EU migration. Underpinned by ethnographic and collaborative perspectives, 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.

SUPERVISION:
I will be happy to consider research proposals and supervise students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of my research areas.

Current students:

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).

Research Areas

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Negotiating uncaring care: everyday experiences of healthcare services amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants living in Glasgow’
  • Migration to/from/within Central and Eastern Europe: Decolonial perspectives on race, gender, sexuality and class
  • - Getting Stuck, Moving on 2019: MMRN Annual Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, 9-10 May 2019
  • - Researching Wales 2018: Co-organised this one-day multidisciplinary workshop inviting postgraduate students from various social science disciplines to share their research ideas, experiences and practices within a multi-disciplinary audience, encouraging them to reflect on their research beyond disciplinary boundaries.
  • - RGS-IBG Royal Geographical Society 2016: Co-organiser of session, ‘Nexus thinking and migration: locality, neoliberalism, and mobility’

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak
  • A Qualitative exploration of Scottish-Pakistanis’ experiences of policing.

 

Grant Reviewer

  • ESRC IAA Peer Reviewer

 

Invited Speaker

  • 2021 - Engaging Eastern and Central European migrants in palliative care services and research: Zoom workshop
  • Migration to/from/within Central and Eastern Europe: Decolonial perspectives on race, gender, sexuality and class
  • 2019- The RAI, WISERD and Learned Society of Wales joint symposium - Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present (2019)
  • 2017- Community Sponsorship in Wales, an academic roundtable with Home Office - Title of talk "‘Studying migrants and refugees: some methodological reflections"
  • - The Multicultural Society Policy Research Institute, Daegu University, South Korea. Talk title: ‘Transnational care arrangements and practices among post-accession migrants living in Glasgow, UK."
  • - The Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies, Hanyang University, South Korea. Talk title: "Exploring potentialities of care: Transnational arrangements and practices amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants living in Glasgow, UK"
  • - The GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network) seminar series. Talk title: 'Who is taking children away? Contextualising risk amongst and prejudices against Czech- and Slovak-speaking Roma living in Glasgow"

 

Media Activity

  • Room at the Inn: what is life really like for the thousands of asylum seekers housed in Britain’s hotels?
  • Documentary turns the spotlight on asylum seekers’ experiences in Glasgow - Glasgow Live
  • New film on city's asylum seekers - The National
  • New documentary looks at asylum seekers’ experiences in Glasgow
  • New documentary turns spotlight on asylum seeker experiences in Glasgow
  • Home Office hotels for asylum seekers ‘akin to detention centres’ – The Guardian

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • 3. ‘I’m Still Here’ – film event (Aberdeen)
  • 1. 'I'm Still Here' - documentary screening and live music (Falkirk)
  • 2. ‘I’m Still Here’ – research documentary screening (Birmingham)

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewing for Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Reviewer for CEEMR
  • - Reviewer for Geoforum
  • Reviewer for Social Inclusion
  • Reviewer for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting scholar, The Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies, Hanyang University, South Korea

 

Date


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Methodological nationalism and ethnic lens in CEE migration research: A critical reflection

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T. (2022, November)
Methodological nationalism and ethnic lens in CEE migration research: A critical reflection. Paper presented at Migration to/from/within Central and Eastern Europe: Decolonial perspectives on race, gender, sexuality and class, Online
This paper offers a critical reflection on methodological approaches within the field of CEE migration. Drawing on ideas from critical migration studies, I discuss the ways in...

Digital threat or opportunity? Local civil society in an age of global inter-connectivity

Book Chapter
Woods, M., Guma, T., & Yarker, S. (2022)
Digital threat or opportunity? Local civil society in an age of global inter-connectivity. In P. Chaney, & I. R. Jones (Eds.), Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges (111-132). Bristol: Policy Press
Abstract not available.

Xenophobia, hostility and austerity: European migrants and civil society in Wales

Book Chapter
Drinkwater, S., Guma, T., & Dafydd Jones, R. (2022)
Xenophobia, hostility and austerity: European migrants and civil society in Wales. In P. Chaney, & I. R. Jones (Eds.), Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges. Bristol: Policy Press

Online screening of 'I'm Still Here'

Presentation / Conference
Macleod, K., & Guma, T. (2022, September)
Online screening of 'I'm Still Here'. Presented at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2022, Online

Communities of/for interest: Revisiting the role of migrants’ online groups

Journal Article
Guma, T., Drinkwater, S., & Daffyd Jones, R. (in press)
Communities of/for interest: Revisiting the role of migrants’ online groups. Sociology, https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385221104008
This paper offers a critical examination of the role played by migrants’ online communities. With much of scholarly analysis focusing on the new ways in which online groups en...

Safe environment? Understanding the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid pandemic

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T. (2022, June)
Safe environment? Understanding the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid pandemic. Paper presented at IMISCOE Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway

Blog: Celebrating Refugee Week 2022 in Falkirk

Other
Guma, T. (2022)
Blog: Celebrating Refugee Week 2022 in Falkirk. [Blog post]

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

Report
Guma, T., Maclean, G., MacLeod, K., & Sharapov, K. (2022)
Safe environment? Understanding the housing of asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak. ESRC
This report presents the key findings of the research project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house people seeking asylum during the Covid-19 outbreak. Th...

I Am Still Here

Exhibition / Performance
MacLeod, K., Guma, T., MacLean, G., & Sharapov, K. I Am Still Here. [Digital Video]. Exhibited at Glasgow Media Access Centre. 23 February 2022 - 23 February 2022. (Unpublished)

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MacLeod, K., Guma, T., MacLean, G., & Sharapov, K. I Am Still Here. [Digital Video]. Exhibited at Glasgow Media Access Centre. 23 February 2022 - 23 February 2022. (Unpublished
Premiere screening of "I Am Still Here" documentary film at Glasgow Media Access Centre as part of hybrid launch of project "Investigating the use of temporary accommodation t...

I am still here

Digital Artefact
Guma, T. (2022)
I am still here. [Vimeo/Youtube]
A documentary capturing everyday lives of asylum seekers living in Glasgow produced as part of the ESRC-funded project: Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to hou...

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