Our Researchers

The University of Manchester is home to over fifty researchers whose world-leading work contributes to global conversations on migration issues. Benefitting from this expert supervision and mentorship, a diverse community of over thirty doctoral and early career researchers are well placed to lead the next generation of migration scholarship. Browse our researchers by surname here.

 

  • Dr Maddy Abbas, based in Sociology, examines the racialised and racialising practices of terror in the governance of British Muslims in the ‘war on terror’ and their effects on how Muslim identities come to be lived.
  • Dr Elena Barabantseva is a lecturer in Chinese International Relations. Her work focuses on marriage migration and governing issues in the context of China’s borders with Russia and Vietnam.
  • Dr Lara Bianchi focuses on research ethics and corporations and her current work analyses the role of corporations in the refugee crisis.
  • Professor Alice Bloch, based in Sociology, works on forced migration and the second generation from refugee backgrounds.
  • Dr John Borton is an Honorary Research Fellow at HCRI and Senior Researcher at the Overseas Development Institute. He works on humanitarian responses to the refugee crisis.
  • Dr Siobhan Brownlie is a Lecturer in Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication. She is also a specialist in the field of Memory Studies. Her current research project is entitled ‘Mapping Memory in Discourses of Migration’
  • Dr Bridget Bryne, based in Sociology, researches on citizenship, race and gender. She is interested in the lived experience of race and ethnicity and the ways in which place is narrated through race.
  • Professor Erica Burman, has published extensively on the state and interpersonal violence in relation to minoritised women and children.
  • Prof Rachel Calam is currently Head of the School of Psychological Sciences. Her work focuses on mental health and families and she is interested in how these themes intersect with migration and, in particular the refugee crisis.
  • Dr Ana Carden-Coyne is co-Director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War. She works on the visual culture of war and its impacts.
  • Dr Jonathan Darling, based in Geography, works on experiences of and responses to asylum using a poststructural theoretical approach. His current ESRC Future Leaders Project is ‘Producing Urban Asylum’
  • Dr Eleanor Davey is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. Her work explores the relationship between humanitarianism and national liberation struggles.
  • Dr Elaine Dewhurst is based in the School of Law and works on employment rights and their extension to irregular immigrants.
  • Dr Ralitza Dimova specialises in economic development and is currently working with colleagues from UEA on migration and violence, from an economic angle.
  • Dr Jessica Field, Honorary Research Fellow at HCRI and Assistant Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University in Delhi, focuses on South Asian refugee and migrant histories and experiences, especially as they relate to organised humanitarian assistance.
  • Professor Robert Ford works broadly in the areas of public opinion, electoral choice and party politics. He is currently investigating how the interaction between racial prejudices and anti-racist norms influences the politics of immigration and the anti-immigrant far-right in Europe
  • Dr Sylvia Galandini focuses on issues of immigrant integration and ethnic diversity, as well as political, civic and organisational engagement of migrant and ethnic communities primarily in the UK.
  • Prof Peter Gatrell is a historian of population displacement in the modern world. His current project is on migration in and to Europe since 1945.
  • Dr Lindsey Garrett examines how racism and embodied habits create and perpetuate ethnic inequality. Her work draws on a critical analysis of the work of Pierre Bourdieu as well as Abdulmalek Sayad’s immigration scholarship and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
  • Dr Liam Harte is a lecturer in Irish and Modern literature. He researches the literature of the Irish diaspora and his survey of the Irish autobiographical tradition became the basis for a stage play My English Tongue, My Irish Heart written by Martin Lynch.
  • Dr Laure Humbert is a lecturer in Modern History who specialises in the history of refugee humanitarianism in the aftermath of the Second World War. Her current work examines the role of France in the development of transnational relief networks.
  • Dr Rubina Jasani is a Lecturer in Humanitarian and Conflict Response. Her work centres around violence and mental health, desire and sexuality.
  • Dr Alison Jeffers is a Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance. Her AHRC funded PhD was part of the In Place of War project with whom she is now an associate.
  • Prof Uma Kothari, co-founder of the Migration Lab, focuses on understanding the context, experiences and impact of historical and contemporary transnational movements of people.
  • Dr Peter Knight teaches American Studies, with a focus on literature and culture in the 19th and 20th century. He specialises in conspiracy theories and is interested in the conspiracy theories around migration.
  • Dr James Laurence explores the role of ethnic diversity, immigration and inequality in the creation and dissolution of social capital, cohesion and inter-group relations.
  • Gwyneth Lonergan is a PhD researcher in Sociology. Her thesis is entitled ‘The impact of local geographies on migrant women’s activism: the case of Manchester and Sheffield’.
  • Dr Kitty Lymperopoulou is a Research Associate at The University’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity. She examines patterns of ethnic educational inequality and the spatial patterns of ethnic inequalities in education, employment, housing and health in England and Wales.
  • Dr Stefania Marino is a lecturer in Employment Studies. She has conducted research on trade union strategies towards migrant and ethnic minority workers, flexible workers and pensioners.
  • Prof Ken McPhail focuses on human rights and business and is currently studying the role of corporations in the delivery of Australia’s asylum seeker policy.
  • Dr Gary Motteram is currently working on an ESRC Impact Acceleration project entitled ‘Supporting and developing teachers in contexts of conflict and disturbance’ which explores the ways that mobile technologies can support teacher development on the move.
  • Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú is a lecturer in International Politics. Her interests lie in the areas of critical citizenship studies, international migration, sovereignty and subjectivity, and theories of time and space.
  • Dr Tanja Müller, convenor of the Migration Lab interrogates activist citizenship as a politics of resistance among refugee populations in urban contexts as well as interrogating the role of business in rights-based claims of migrant populations.
  • Prof Wendy Olsen, who works in the Cathie Marsh Institute of the University of Manchester, works on bonded labour, child labour, families and labour supply, gender, employment and wage rates.
  • Dr Olga Onuch is a lecturer in Politics. Her work focuses on political behaviour (protest, social mobilization, social movements, civil society) and its intersection with diaspora and migrant communities.
  • Dr Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia, recently finished his PhD at the Global Development Institute, works on issues of conflict, displacement and home, especially in the context of Colombia.
  • Dr Elisa Pieri works on Security. She holds a Simon Fellowship in Sociology (2016-2019) and investigates how Western cities securitise against the risk of global pandemics, and the social implications that arise from pandemic preparedness protocols, technologies and practices.
  • Dr Madeleine Reeves, based in Sociology, focuses on the way in which state space and state categories (of legal and illegal residence; of citizen and non-citizen; of ‘titular’ ethnic group and national minority) are produced and ruptured in everyday life.
  • Dr Maria Sobolewska works on the political integration and representation of ethnic minorities in Britain and in a comparative perspective, public perceptions of ethnicity, immigrants and integration, and the production and framing of public opinion of British Muslims.
  • Dr Gemma Sou is based in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, where she works on issues of disasters and media representations of development.
  • Prof Bertrand Taithe, co-founder of the Migration Lab, is interested primarily in humanitarianism and humanitarian aid practices. He is currently completing a reseacrh project on UN security data with Professor Roger MacGinty (HCRI)
  • Dr Thomas Tyerman, based in Politics department, researches everyday bordering and migrant solidarity struggles in the UK and Calais.
  • Dr Helen Underhill is based at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and researches social learning and revolutionary politics. Her doctoral research focused on Egyptians abroad.
  • Dr Huw Vasey is based in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and is part of the Multi-lingual Manchester project.
  • Dr Tamara West, the Migration Lab research associate, explores narratives and practices of memory and identity among displaced persons.
  • Dr Cathy Wilcock, co-ordinator and researcher for the Migration Lab, works on the conflict/migraiton nexus and focuses in particular on diaspora and transnational politics.
  • Dr Arkadiusz Wiśniowski , based in Social Statistics, works on developing statistical methods for modelling and forecasting complex social processes, with a particular focus on migration and mobility.
  • Dr Nan Zhang, is a research fellow based in Cathie Marsh Institute. She works on how migration and urbanization impacts population heath in developing countries, especially China.