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Niroshan Ramachandran

Lecturer in Criminology

School of Law, Criminology & Policing

Department: School of Law, Criminology & Policing

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Niroshan is a PhD/GTAssistant at the Department of Social Sciences. He is currently undertaking his PhD project to examine social protection experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow, Scotland. He is engaging in his PhD under the supervision of Dr Zana Vathi.

Prior to his PhD, he completed an Erasmus Mundus masters degree programme within the consortium of five European universities (University of Lincoln, Aalborg University, University of Lisbon, University of Warsaw and University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Defense) in 2016. Further, Niroshan also obtained first class Bachelor of Social Work in 2012 at National Institute of Social Development, Sri Lanka.

Formerly, he was a consultant for the ‘New Dawn’ project implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Sri Lanka to assist return migration of Indian returnees (Sri Lankan refugees in India). He also supported an assisted voluntary return and reintegration project implemented by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – UN Migration Agency, Sri Lanka in the capacity of Project Coordinator. He was also a Programme Support Officer for ZOA International in Sri Lanka to assist internally displaced Tamil people in the war torn North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on social protection for asylum seekers and refugees in host countries. I have expertise in conducting qualitative, multiple-methods research (semi-structured interviews, participant observation and focus groups) and I have a comprehensive understanding of issues related to forced migration and practices in the UK. My doctoral thesis, ‘The Self and The System: Social Protection Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Glasgow’, makes a significant contribution to knowledge about perceptions of asylum seekers and refugees and their agency in a system that vulnerablises them. This multiple methods research project produced unique findings about how asylum seekers and refugees access and use support and negotiate the often-hostile system. While findings have implications for informing policy and practice, this research has contributed to migration and social protection literature by applying the concept of social protection and illustrates the significance and interconnectedness of various forms of social protection.