Thesis Title: Immigration detention, deportation, and border disruption in Europe.
I am a first-year PhD student from the Wirral. Prior to starting my PhD, I studied Philosophy and Politics BA and Conflict Transformation and Social Justice MA at QUB. Outside of my research I am president of the student group Students Together with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. I also volunteer with Larne House Visitors Group, we visit the immigration removal centre and offer solidarity and support to detainees before they are transferred to another centre in the UK. In my free time I take advantage of the many beautiful walks in Antrim and Down. I am also learning to play the fiddle.
The focus of my PhD research will be immigration detention, deportation, and border disruption in Europe, in particular how these systems affect refugees and asylum seekers. My research interests extend to issues for irregular migrants more generally and is closely linked to my activism. My masters research focused on the issues for unaccompanied child refugees (UCRs) in Northern France. The ethics of working with refugees and asylum seekers is something I am conscious of; research in this area should not be carried out unless it has the aim of solving the issues facing this group of people. This ethos was at the heart of my MA research and is something I will transfer to my PhD project.