Director

Professor Heaven Crawley  

Professor of International Migration, Department of Geography

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602409

Email: h.crawley@swansea.ac.uk

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Heaven is a researcher and policy analyst specialising in international refugee and asylum policy, law and practice. She has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of national and international asylum and immigration issues gained through doctoral research, freelance consultancy, as head of the UK Home Office’s research programme in asylum and immigration and Associate Director with responsibility for research on migration and equalities at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). Heaven’s current research interests are primarily in the area of public policy relating to forced migration, asylum and different forms of international migration (in particular labour migration and family-related migration) at the local, national, and international levels. She is also interested in the implications of diversity (in particular race and ethnicity, gender and childhood) for social justice and the ability of different groups to access resources (in particular legal rights, welfare support, housing and the labour market).


Associate Directors

Dr Tom Cheesman

Reader in German, Department of Modern Languages

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 295710

Email: t.cheesman@swansea.ac.uk

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Tom’s research interests include a focus on transnational  literatures, especially Turkish German writing. His monograph entitled Novels of Turkish German Settlement: Cosmopolite Fictions appeared in 2007, surveying fiction by German writers of Turkish background and analysing the shift from a “literature of migration” to a “literature of settlement” which changes German national identity. Tom introduced the concept of ‘axial writing’ – ‘axial’ meaning ‘rooted’ in much-travelled migrant routes  – in a 4-year multidisciplinary project within the ESRC Transnational Communities Programme (1998-2002). With Karin Yesilada (Paderborn), he has co-edited volumes on the axial writers Zafer Senocak (2003) and Feridun Zaimoglu (forthcoming 2012). He is currently working on the figure and text of Othello in international translations (see www.delightedbeauty.org). Tom runs the publisher Hafan Books and has edited several Hafan anthologies and pamphlets featuring writing by asylum seekers and refugees in Wales, in association with Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group.


Dr Stephen J. Drinkwater

Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Economics (WISERD)

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 293684

Email: s.j.drinkwater@swansea.ac.uk

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Stephen’s main research interests lie in applied micro economics, particularly within the labour market as well as regional issues. His research has primarily focused on labour market discrimination, self-employment, industrial relations, international and interregional migration, the effect of language on economic activity and voting behaviour. He has recently received research funding from the European Commission (to investigate the impact of East-West migration following EU enlargement), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (to examine the performance of ethnic minorities in the UK labour market) and the ESRC (for a socio-economic analysis of recent Polish migration to the UK). He is currently employed in the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), which is jointly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (HEFCW) and the ESRC. The aim of the initiative is to draw together and build upon the existing expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodologies at Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Glamorgan Universities. WISERD will embark on an ambitious data integration, primary research and capacity building programme in Wales.


Dr Sergei V Shubin

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography  

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 295975

Email: s.v.shubin@swansea.ac.uk

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Sergei is a researcher who for the last 10 years has been involved in externally-founded research on mobility and inequality in Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, Bolivia and Russia. His recently completed projects focused on physical and imagined travel, spirituality and movement, socio-spatial exclusion of mobile groups of migrants and travellers, mobile politics and connections between migrants and “immobile” structures of power, political and economic organisation in the UK, France and Portugal. His work mobility and inequality combines empirical enquiry with a sustained engagement with post-structuralist theories. Sergei is currently developing research projects on cross-European governance of mobility and integration of migrants, trying to bring together researchers from Eastern Europe and the UK to design new ways of conceptualizing migration and movement.


Research Associates

Nilu Ahmed

Ph.D. (Cand.) Geography

Email: n.ahmed.31097@swansea.ac.uk

Nilu’s PhD focuses on the changing identities of first generation Bangladeshi women living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It explores the intersections of ageing, gender and migration by examining the fluid relationships between the women and the people and place they are surrounded by. Academic interests include gender, ageing, identity, migration, Islam and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the Bangladeshi community in the UK.


Professor David Blackaby

Professor and Head of School of Business and Economics

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 602103

Email: d.h.blackaby@swan.ac.uk

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David's main areas of research are labour markets, regional economies, public policy and the Welsh Economy.  His research as a labour market economist has generally used large micro datasets and has concentrated on analysing earnings and unemployment determination.  In particular research David has undertaken research on the determinants of the earnings of ethnic minorities and women.  In the case of ethnic minorities particular attention has been given to examining the differences between recent immigration and those born in the UK. 


Professor Vanessa Burholt

Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Ageing

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602186

Email: v.burholt@swansea.ac.uk

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Vanessa joined Swansea University in 2007 from Bangor University, where she was Director of the Centre for Social Policy Research and Development. Vanessa is a social gerontologist with a background in sociology and psychology and had 12 years experience as a contract researcher in Bangor. Vanessa was a researcher on the 20-year Bangor Longitudinal Study of Ageing. More recently she has been Principal Investigator on projects that span local (Gwynedd, North Wales), national (UK), European (e.g. Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg) and international (e.g. India, Bangladesh) locations. These include: Families and Migration: Older People from South Asia; Housing for an ageing population: Planning Implications and; a six-country study entitled Ageing Well: European Study of Adult Well Being. She has also directed a joint project with Age Concern Gwynedd a Môn (Rural North Wales Initiative for the Development of Support for Older People – RuralWIDe) involving training older volunteers as researchers. Her areas of expertise include intergenerational relationships; support and social relationships; rurality; attachment to place, housing and migration of older people (including ethnic minority elders) and she has published widely on these topics.

Professor Nicola Cooper

Professor of History, School of Arts

Tel: +44 (0)1792 513514

Email: n.cooper@swansea.ac.uk

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Nicola is a cultural historian and Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power, Empire at Swansea University. She has published widely on French colonialism, the postcolonial context, migrant activism, and the aftermaths of conflict with particular reference to SE Asia and Algeria. Nicola Cooper is currently co-principal investigator on a three-year ESRC research project entitled Colonialism in comparative perspective: Tianjin under nine flags, 1860-1949. She is co-editor of the Journal of War and Culture Studies and associate editor of French Cultural Studies.


Jaz Crawley

Mixed media artist

Email: jasminecrawley@hotmail.co.uk

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Jaz is a mixed media artist and all round creative with particular interest in feminist theory, craft, documenting and publishing. Her work looks at the social constructions of identity and how they might be broken down. Jaz's most recent work has concentrated on representations of women and feminism within art but with a view to exploring the wider and global implications of identity oppression, as a woman or otherwise. The format of the work often comes out of the theory but she has a particular interest in the notion of publication, questioning the authority of knowledge that books often hold and modes of distributing information particularly in a society so globally connected via the internet. She is currently working on 'How was your journey?', a project that aims to create a national archive of zines (a low budget publication) exploring the refugee experience and aiming to humanize words such as 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' that are so often misrepresented in the media.


Dr Alan Finlayson 

Reader, Department of Politics and International Relations

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 294290

Email: a.finlayson@swansea.ac.uk

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Alan’s research interests encompass political theory, public policy, British politics and methods of political analysis. His publications have appeared in a wide variety of journals including Nations and Nationalism, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Economy and Society and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. He has authored numerous book chapters and also co-edited Politics and Poststructuralism: An Introduction, edited Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader and Guide and wrote the book Making Sense of New Labour. He has delivered talks to public sector and charitable organisations such as the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Institute of Public Policy Research and is currently researching aspects of the rhetoric of politics in Britain.


Dr. Claire H. Firth

Senior lecturer in English and American Literature

Tel: + 44 (0) 1554 754 646

Email: claire.firth@deusto.es

Claire Firth has taught English and American Literature at the University of Deusto in the Basque Country since 1983. She has also been Director of Studies in the Language Institute at Deusto, and has been a teacher trainer for the Basque Government.
Her research has tended to move between the fields of literature and migration. She is a member of the migration team at Deusto, a team which has worked closely with IMISCOE (International Migration, Social Integration and Cohesion in Europe). Her particular contribution to the team has been connected with gender, the labour market and migration. More specifically, she has been concerned with the issue of transnational motherhood in the Ecuadorian migrant community in the Basque Country, and the Brazilian migrant community in south-eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. As a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research at Brown University she was able to complete several pieces research on the Brazilian migrant community.


Latefa Guemar

Postgraduate research student

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 295795

Email: l.guemar@swansea.ac.uk

Latefa was forced to leave her lecturer post in electronics and flee Algeria following personal attacks on her family as a result of her husband’s work as a journalist. Having received refugee status in the UK in 2004, Latefa re-oriented her study undertaking a part-time degree in Humanities and an MSc in Population Movements and Policies at Swansea University. Latefa has undertaken research on the reporting of security issues and its impacts on Arabic speakers living in the UK, on anti-terrorism legislation and its implications for asylum seekers and refugees, and on the decision making of asylum seekers who come in the UK . She has also worked  on the 'Parenting in a Multicultural European City'  project, working with parents from different nationalities to improve social cohesion and the integration of families from different background who live in the Swansea area. Latefa has a particular interest in gender issues in forced migration, inter-generational dialogue within migrant families, diasporas and identities, and social cohesioHer PhD research explores gender relations in the Algerian diaspora.


Dr Brigid Haines

Reader, Department of Modern Languages (German)

Director, GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society)

Tel: +44 (0) 1702 205678. Ext. 4028

Email: b.haines@swansea.ac.uk

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Brigid’s research interests encompass nineteenth and twentieth-century German literature, women’s writing and feminist critical theory. She has published widely in these fields, with a monograph on Adalbert Stifter and a jointly authored (with Margaret Littler) book entitled Contemporary Women’s Writing in German: Changing the Subject. She has edited volumes on Herta Müller and Libuše Moníková, who migrated to Germany from Romania and the Czech Republic respectively. Her most recent AHRC-funded research project, Enduring Empires: History, Trauma and Identity in Recent German Writing from Central and Eastern Europe, surveys the work of ethnic Germans and others who have migrated to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland since the Second World War, especially since the fall of communism. Common themes explored by the writers include trauma, migration, the communist past and the search for identity in the new globalised Europe.


Dr Keith Halfacree

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 205678  x4500

Email: k.h.halfacree@swansea.ac.uk

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Keith’s migration research interests, overlapping with other interests in rural studies and social theory, lie primarily in drawing out the diverse currents informing counter- urbanisation, promoting a cultural perspective on migration more generally, and appreciating how migration helps to structure institutions such as the family and place.

Dr Sissy Helff

Research Associate, Institute of English and American Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt

Tel: +49 (0) 69/798-32350

Email: helff@nelk.uni-frankfurt.de

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Sissy teaches postcolonial and transcultural literature, culture, and film and is especially interested in the representation of migration and diasporic lifeworlds as well as in the image of the refugee. She is the author of  Unreliable Truths’ (forthcoming) and co-editor of ‘Transcultural Modernities: Narrating Africa in Europe’ (2009), ‘Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities’ (2008), ‘Facing the East in the West: Images of Eastern Europe in British Literature, Film and Culture’ (2010) and ‘The Art of Migration’ (forthcoming, 2011), and is currently working on a monograph about the representation of the refugee in British literature.


Dr. Helen M. Hintjens

Ph.D. (Politics) University of Aberdeen

Tel: 0031 (70) 4260 481

Fax: 0031 (70) 4260 799

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Email: hintjens@iss.nl

Helen has researched how advocacy networks and actions try to defend undocumented people's rights across Europe, within a system that resembles 'Global Apartheid' and creates categories of so-called unwanted humanity.  With a background in  International Development, she taught for many years at the former Centre for Development Studies of Swansea University (1991-2005). Helen now teaches human rights, conflict and peace studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, The Hague. Her interest in migration and asylum issues is rooted in comparative research during the 1980s and 1990s into post-colonial relstions of Britain and France. She also conducted research from 2000-2002 on immigration governance and advocacy in Australia.  Her interests lie in forms of resistance to state deterrence policies, based on detention, deportation and forced destitution.  A special interest is with the African Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC) and African diasporas in Europe.  Most recently, she has started to work on how 'screening out' through surveillance and non-surveillance creates new forms of 'unwanted humanity', and promises the end of established asylum traditions in Europe.  Efforts to challenge the crininalissation of undocumented people and those who support them, is a special current interest.


Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett

Lecturer, Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 602585

Email: t.maegusuku-hewett@swansea.ac.uk

Before joining the university in 2006, Tracey worked as a social worker with refugee children, young people and families and she continues to engage with refugee children and young people in an advocacy capacity and via Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group and the All Wales Refugee Children’s Policy Group. Tracey has lectured on the BSc (Econ) Social Work programme in 2006/2007 before joining the Center for Social Work and Social Care Research. Amongst other projects of the centre, in 2008 she completed a scoping exercise of policy and multi-disciplinary practice across Wales in relation to the care and protection needs of asylum seeking, unaccompanied and trafficked children. She also intends to develop research relating to social care provision and the social work response to dispersed families and unaccompanied children and young people. In 2008, Tracey completed a PhD concerned with immigration policy and asylum seeking children’s rights and wellbeing; using Wales as an empirical case study.


Howard Ingham

Writer, poet, performer

Email: howard.david.ingham@gmail.com

Howard Ingham is a writer, poet, performer and editor based in Swansea, with a particular interest in the language of personal experience. He gained an MPhil in Classics at Swansea in 2002.Along with Fern Thomas, he will be Artist in Residence at Swansea University from September 2012.


Dr Stephen Murray

Ph.D. (History) University of Warwick

Email: stradeyparkemigrant@hotmail.co.uk

Stephen was formerly Senior Lecturer in Economics and Management at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University and has taught at universities, on a visiting basis, in Europe, the USA and Russia. He completed his PhD in History as a mature student in 2010. His doctoral research was concerned with nineteenth-century trade union sponsored migration from the UK to North America. The monograph is currently in the process of being published. His research interests are very much focused upon the assimilation and acculturation of the descendants of labour migrants presenting papers at conference in Newcastle and Kent in the last year. His current project concerns the assimilation/acculturation of the descendants of early twentieth-century Spanish industrial immigrants to Wales and he will be presenting his interim findings at a migration history workshop at the University of Trier, Germany in November 2011. The research is supported by the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao where he has been elected as an "external collaborator" of the "Permanent Research Group on Studies about the Historical Relationships between the Basque Country and the Americas”. He has also worked as a volunteer on Southampton University’s Los Niños project.


Calum T.M. Nicholson

Ph.D. (Cand.) Geography

Email: nicholson.cal@gmail.com

Calum holds an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology, and an MPhil in Migration Studies. He is primarily interested in the epistemological limits of applied social science, and the relationship between academic research and policy making. These interests are being pursued with reference to the thematic case study of ‘environmental migration’. 


Dr Nicola Piper

Senior Research Fellow, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg

Email: nicola.piper@politik.uni-freiburg.de

Nicola is Senior Research Fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany, formerly Associate Director of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University (UK). She has published extensively on gendered migration, migrant rights and global governance of migration. Among her latest publications are the edited volumes New Perspectives on Gender and Migration: Livelihoods, Rights, and Entitlements (Routledge, 2008), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development (with Katja Hujo, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and the co-authored book Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes (with Jean Grugel, Routledge, 2007).

Dr Prodromos Panayiotopoulos   (aka Mike Pany)  

School of Business and Economics

Tel: + 44 (0) 1792 206678 x4361

Email: m.pany@swansea.ac.uk

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Panayiotopoulos CV

Dr Prodromos Panayiotopoulos has researched and published on the relationship between ethnicity, migration and enterprise and the influence of the political-institutional framework in the positioning and re-positioning of members of an ethnic migrant group, often from the ranks of wage workers to those of the self-employed and small-scale entrepreneur. His research has shown that immigrant and black/ethnic minority enterprises are both creating jobs and are far more economically differentiated than is assumed by the conventional literature. Immigrant enterprise in Europe and the United States, 2006, (London: Routledge) showed how immigrants have been key to the economic transformation of local economies and global cities. In Ethnicity, Migration & Enterprise, 2010 (London: Palgrave) the argument is proposed that ‘ethnic economies’ create the material basis for a multiculturalism ‘from below’ as an alternative model to social integration which remains critical of conventional assimilation theory and token multiculturalism from above imposed by state directive.


Anna Skeels

Ph.D. (Cand.) Geography

Email: 595501@swansea.ac.uk

Anna’s Ph.D. focuses on the participation of refugee children, forced to migrate in an emergency, in their own protection.  The main case study for the Ph.D. is planned to be Dadaab in N. Kenya, the largest refugee camp in the world, and will focus in particular on the work of Save the Children and UNHCR as two major humanitarian actors.  The Ph.D. will explore the potential for refugee children to participate in their own protection in this setting; the link between child participation and protection; the ‘vulnerability’ of child refugees and the response and accountability of humanitarian organisations in this context.  Prior to the commencement of her Ph.D. Anna has worked for Save the Children for over six years, managing a national Children’s Participation Unit in Wales, delivering participation training to a wide range of stakeholders and children and young people’s groups and publishing on lessons learned.  After a year-long training, assessment and distance learning course on emergencies, Anna was deployed as part of Save the Children’s humanitarian response in both Zimbabwe and Somalia and has close links with the Kenya programme.  Anna has a firm commitment to children’s rights, participation, non-discrimination and social inclusion and to the application of research to policy and practice. 


Bozena Sojka-Koirala

Ph.D. (Cand.) Geography

Phone: 0044 (0)789 073 5317 

Fax: 0044 (0)844 774 7707

Skype: bozenaviral

Email:  b.i.sojka-koirala.595224@swansea.ac.uk

Bozena graduated with MSc in Social Geography with distinction from UJK Poland. Later, she undertook postgraduate studies in Global Development at the University of Warsaw and did her internship in UNDP working with migrants in project EQUAL. During early 2009, she helped set up the first development studies programme in the ‘Republic of Somaliland’ but left to underrtake an MRes in Social Research at the University of Aberdeen. While in Aberdeen, she assisted in establishing the Polish Sunny School (Scottish Charity), which is a Saturday School for the Polish migrant children. Bozena's long interest in migration and population movements, her life as a migrant in Cyprus and involvement with migrant organisations, and the thin research found in the areas of migration and racism in Cyprus motivated her to conduct research in this area. Her PhD research explores discrimination and everyday migrants’ experience and its reflection in the policy making process in Cyprus and she will be working closely with Centre for the Study of Migration, Inter-ethnic & Labour Relations (CSMILR) in Cyprus and more importantly immigrants, local migrant associations and the government bodies.


Eleanor Staniforth

Ph.D. (Cand.) Geography

Tel: 07712 629785

Email: 321609@swansea.ac.uk

Eleanor graduated with a distinction in Migration and International Development (MSc) from Swansea University in 2010. Following this she worked for a short time on several research projects at CMPR, including a mapping survey of labour migration in Latin America for the BWI global union and a review of the state of current research on mixed migration. Her Ph.D. will build upon her MSc dissertation which analysed the securitisation of migration in Morocco and Libya in the context of a global hierarchy of mobility, and will examine the process by which migrants’ motivations for movement shift over space and time, linking this to current understandings of mixed migration and transit migration in research, politics and policy-making and seeking to assess the continued usefulness of these terms in the context of complex and evolving migratory flows between North Africa and Europe. Eleanor has spent several years volunteering with refugee organisations in Swansea, and has also worked with refugees and migrants in both Spain and Portugal. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese, and intends to capitalise upon these skills in order to access a wider range of research sources in the field of mixed migration. 


Nicos Trimikliniotis

Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Nicosia.

Email: nicostrim@gmail.com

Nicos is an interdisciplinary scholar and activist working in Cyprus working in the fields of law and sociology. He is, since 2008, senior research consultant at PRIO Cyprus Centre. He is Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology and Director of the Centre of the Study of Migration, Inter-ethnic and Labour Relations at the University of Nicosia. He is the national expert for Cyprus of the European networks of experts on Free Movement of Workers (2008-) and Labour Law (2010-). He is the Cypriot national expert on Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts (LMIE-INET) for the International Organization for Migration (2009-). He has served as a research associate (national expert) with European University Institute on (a) Citizenship (EUDO, 2009-2010) and (b) on Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion (ACCEPT, 2011). He also has an association with the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was national expert for Cyprus of the Legal Network of Independent Experts in the non-discrimination field (2004-2008). He has been Director of National Focal Point on Racism and Xenophobia (2004-2010) and the Cypriot FRALEX team (2007-2010). He has researched on ethnic conflict, reconciliation and resolution, constitutional and state theory, multi-culturalism, education, migration, racism, and discrimination and has published several articles, co-authored and co-edited books and journals.


Dr Yan Wu

Lecturer, Media and Communications Department

Tel: +44 (0)1792 513273

Email: y.wu@swansea.ac.uk

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Yan has been teaching in Higher Education institutions since 1998 and carrying out research projects in media studies since 1995 both in China and the UK. Her main research interests are media and the public sphere, broadcasting journalism, computer-mediated communication, citizen journalism, diasporic media, globalisation and communication, and the socio-cultural impact of the new media. Yan is currently working with researchers from Germany, China and four other countries on a research proposal on the perception of Europe and migration policies.