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Dr Johnson’s research focuses on irregular migration and asylum seekers, border security, and the practices of resistance, solidarity and protest of non-citizens. She is interested in developing new understandings of mobility and non-citizenship, and particularly in new methods for engaging with these issues.

Heather also writes about visual representations of refugees, particularly through a gender studies lens. Heather’s major current project is about irregular migration in the maritime space, funded through the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Refugees and Migration
  • Citizenship and Non-Citizenship
  • Critical theories of mobility and migration
  • Activism and protest
  • Critical security studies, particularly focused on borders
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Research students

PhD Title: Mitigating the Piratical Threat Through Institutions: Securitizing Piracy Across Land and Sea

Name: Jessica Simonds
Years of Study: 
Country: Gulf of Aden

PhD Title: A comparative study of how migrant activists and their allies resist systems of immigration control across the island of Ireland

Name: Aylisha Hogan
Years of Study: 
Country: UK/Ireland


PhD Title: Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to Deter Female Radicalization

Name: Kathryn Mitchell
Years of Study: 2
Country: Chechnya

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