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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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asylum seeker Social Sciences
disability Social Sciences
poverty Social Sciences
deprivation Social Sciences
cause Social Sciences
action research Social Sciences
inclusion Social Sciences
exclusion Social Sciences

Research Output 2001 2019

Participatory training in disability and migration: mobilizing community capacities for advocacy

Yeo, R. A., 19 Feb 2019, Social work with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants: theory and skills for practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 16 p. (Qualitative Research).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Before he was murdered, here is what a disabled asylum seeker had to say about Britain’s ‘hostile environment’

Yeo, R. A., 29 Jun 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Disabled asylum seekers as experimental subjects in a broader systemic agenda of inequality

Yeo, R. A., 12 Nov 2017, Inequalities in the UK: New discourses, evolutions and actions. Fee, D. & Kober-Smith, A. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., p. 235-252

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

asylum seeker
public expenditures
move
gift
recession

Kamil Ahmad: failed by the Home Office, murdered in Britain

Yeo, R. A., 18 Oct 2017, The Guardian.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access