Pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree
Research Area: Political and Economic Geography
Supervisors: Merje Kuus and Trevor Barnes
Degrees: First Class Honours MA International Relations (University of St Andrews, 2017) & Distinction MSc Migration Studies (Oxford University, 2018)
Entry Date: 03/09/2019
Expected Graduation Date: 30/09/2023
Honours: The Glasgow Educational & Marshall Trust, MSc Funding (2017-2018); Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, PhD funding (2019-2023); International Tuition Award, PhD Funding (2019-2020); BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust, PhD Funding (2019-2020); R Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship (2019-2020).
My research focuses on the role of statistical expertise and visualizations in the formulation of economic and migration policies. I specifically analyze policy processes in the UK and am seeking to contribute to debates about the future role of the state and the public sector in economic policymaking.
Since the financial crisis in 2007/08 there has been a transformation of many of Britain’s political and economic institutions. My work concentrates on how national statistical institutions play a central role in shaping UK policymakers’ and the public’s understandings of the economy.
This includes exploring the increasing mismatch between rapidly transforming economies in a globally interconnected world, and national statistical institutions’ representations of the economy.
Previously I have worked as a researcher in the water governance sector and as a volunteer in detention environments in the UK. I am a co-founder and editor of Routed Magazine, an online platform dedicated to bridging the divide between specialist academic literature on migration and (im)mobility and popular portrayals of migration in the media.
My master’s research at Oxford University included unpacking the tension between the Scottish government and UK government’s approaches to migration and population objectives. During my undergraduate degree at St Andrews University, I explored the complex relationship between the British military and British Muslims during the UK WWI Commemorations in 2014. The findings of this research were updated and published in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Voices: The St Andrews Journal of International Relations in 2018.
Themes of interest: policy processes; statistical expertise; statistical visualization; political economy; critical military studies; nationalism.
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