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Research interests

I worked on issues of disability in an international development context for several years, before focussing more specifically on the UK. I began working with disabled asylum seekers in 2012, becoming very aware of how little consideration there was of disability in the asylum sector and how rarely asylum seekers are involved in the disability movement. 

My doctoral research explores the lived experiences of disabled asylum seekers; considering how the problems that are faced are represented by people with different roles and responsibilities in the immigration and disability sectors; and how these representations shape proposed solutions. Taking a post-structuralist approach, I assume the current system to be contingent.  If existing inequalities appear inevitable, it suggests that hegemonic assumptions and structures have obscured alternatives. This project therefore explores what needs to change, building on the lived experiences of those who are usually unheard.

Keywords

  • disability
  • migration
  • refugees
  • asylum seekers

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