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Research interests

I work at the intersection of sociology, politics and political economy to investigate how social and political order is imgained, produced and contested in a range of empirical contexts. 

There are three strands to my current work. First, theorising governance and governance analysis as regimes of governing practices. Second, I have a new strand of research investigating the socio-political implications of emerging digital statehoods and the use of digital and algorithmic tools as governing practices. Third, I continue my long-standing work on how governance of migration shapes social relations and political economy in/beyond Europe. I have particular methodological expertise in qualitative comparative research.

I have supervised and co-supervised more than 10 PhD students, and have twice been nominated for a university prize for excellence in doctoral supervision. I am always keen to hear from committed students working in my broad research areas.

I am the Director of Studies for the MSc in Public Policy, our parti-time, distance-learning/resdiential programme for policy professionals.


My other roles include editorial board membership of the Italian Journal of Social Policy, and I have also been Editor and Co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.


Research interests

  • Governance analysis: society, politics and policy
  • Digital statehoods: AI and automation as governing practices and their implications
  • Migration governance and the production of socio-political order(s) in the EU and beyond.


Recent projects


Current research students

  • Nadege Ade: Governing healthcare: introducing universal healthcare system in Burkina Faso
  • Jorge Garcia Castro: Public sector reform programmes: translation of a transnational policy agenda in Mexico and Spain
  • King Papież: Transnational belonging and social rights of Polish migrants in the UK
  • Anna Kvittingen: 'vulnerability' and '(in)visibility of refugees in Jordan
  • Bo Donoghue: The false equivalency: liberty and domination in gig economy work
  • Pamela Bernales-Baksai: Policy architectures, social practices: comparing health systems in Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay
  • Lydia Medland: Fair food? View from a global food system enclave
  • Alfred Carr: Migrants' experience of mental health services: Ghanaians in Calgary

Recent research students

  • Jenny Harlock: Governance of voluntary sector in social care
  • Regine Paul: Political economy of border drawing in labour migration
  • Thomais Massala: Financialisation and UK pension system governance
  • Fiona Morgan: Governance of informal care as a social risk in England
  • Berenice Scandone: British-born Bangladeshi women in higher education: intersectional experiences and identities

Education/Academic qualification

History, Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Social Policy , Master of Arts, University of York

Social Policy , Doctor of Philosophy, University of York


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