About Us

Dr. Nicholas GillLecturer in Geography, Department of Geography,Exeter University, UK.

Nick researches state power, human mobility and activism. He also teaches about globalisation, politics and government. He is keen to work towards supporting asylum advocacy organisations and very open to suggestions about how to do that.

Dr. Deirdre Conlon, Assistant Professor – Urban Studies, Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ 07306

My main areas of research and publication are concerned with the geopolitics, governance, and social and cultural impacts of global migration streams. My work examines the experiences of different migrant groups with a main focus on asylum seeker and refugee communities. I teach urban studies, community and participatory development as well as social justice courses at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

Dr. Imogen Tyler, Senior Lecturer & Leverhulme Fellow, Department of Sociology,
Lancaster University, UK.

Imogen is a Senior Lecturer and Leverhulme Fellow in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. `Social Abjection` is a pivotal concept within my current research, and brings together my work on asylum, immigration, borders, social class, race, ethnicity, disability, social exclusion, poverty and my interest in the theory/activism/aesthetics interface. As well as working on this ESRC project, I am  writing a book called ‘Revolting Subjects’ (Zed 2012), and I am editing a special issue of Citizenship Studies on `Immigrant Protest` and a book called ‘Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent’.

Dr. Ceri Oeppen,Associate Research Fellow, Department of Geography,Exeter University, UK.

Ceri has worked on a variety of issues to do with migration, development, community and globalisation. Much of her work has looked at these topics in the context of Afghanistan and Afghan migration, and she  co-edited the book ‘Beyond “the wild tribes”: Understanding modern Afghanistan and its diaspora’ (2010). Ceri did her doctoral studies at the University of Sussex and previously worked at the School or Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK, as a Senior Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Maja Sager, post-doctoral researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden and Sociology Department, Lancaster University, UK.

Maja’s research interests are related to feminism and migration, intersectional perspectives on nation and belonging, critical welfare studies and citizenship theory. She completed her PhD in gender studies, entitled Everyday Clandestinity: Experiences on the Margins of Citizenship and Migration Policies, in 2011. Her post-doctoral work is an ethnographic study in Sweden, Denmark and the UK which will further explore how undocumented migrants with support from civil society challenge the exclusion from social rights and create alternative forms of belonging and inclusion.