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I completed MA (University of the West of England, Bristol) and MSc (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow), was awarded Doctorate in 2014 from the University of Huddersfield – Thesis entitled: Resisting ‘Bare Life’? Impacts of Policies and Procedures on Asylum Seekers and ‘Illegal’ Migrants. This was an investigation into the impact of Britain’s racialized immigration policies and procedures on asylum seekers and ‘illegal’ migrants. The ethnographic study explored the ways in which ‘risks’ have been proffered as a justification to contain and control this group of individuals. It was noted that those claiming asylum were subjected to complex set of rules and legislations, and their access to the welfare state and labour market was severely restricted, if not completely denied. Individuals were increasingly pushed in a bureaucratic limbo, rendered destitute and kept in a de facto statelessness. The study highlighted asylum seekers and ‘illegal’ migrant’s experiences of living in this empty space and showed the ways in which they have used their agency to resist and overcome the racialized controls that render them as “bare-life”. Thesis engaged with critical criminology and challenging and sensitive areas of harms and the British State. In 2014, I was granted funding from the Carnegie Trust to conduct a small study on the impacts of destitution on asylum seekers. Followed by a University supported project on forced deportation and resistance amongst those seeking refuge.

Over the past six years, I have lectured on wide ranging topics, such as: politics of race, ethnicity and immigration; race, migration and criminal justice; transnational crime; crimmigration; refugee and asylum  rights; penal institutions; detention and deportation; zemiology; state and corporate crimes; qualitative research methods.

External Roles:

Board Member: Scottish Refugee Council

Treasurer: The Scottish Detainee Visitors

Incoming Editor: Justice, Power and Resistance (The European Group Journal)