Young Migration Researchers

Meet our migration PhD researchers, GTAs and MRes students:

Din Havolli – Leave to Remain: The Short Story Cycle and Representing the Unrepresentable

Din HavolliDin is a first year Creative Writing PhD student whose research investigates the juncture between the short story cycle form and migrant writing. It explores how the possibilities presented in the dichotomies of the form are effectively utilised by writers engaging with postcolonial trauma theory.


Ellen Liptrot: The Educational Experiences of Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Children in the Northwest of England

Ellen LiptrotEllen Liptrot’s current research aims to further identify the barriers to learning for refugee children through a comparative study within educational settings. She is also aiming to consider how wider contexts and current trends call for social and racial equality and influence both policy and practice.


Leona Forde: Exploring the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers once they have arrived in the United Kingdom

Leona FordeLeona previously studied for her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Edge Hill and decided to continue her studies as part of the MRes programme that is offered at the university. Leona’s current research interests focus on matters relating to immigration, ethnicity and identity. Her MRes research focuses on the experiences of refugees once they have been resettled in the UK. It seeks to provide further detail on the social and structural factors that influence the experience of resettlement

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Katia Adimora: Mexican immigration to the US in contemporary American politics

Katia Adimora

Katia’s research project explores Mexican immigration to the US during Donald Trump’s presidency. Corpus Linguistics methodology is employed to analyse big corpora of the US and Mexican press.

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Meet our alumni migration researchers:

Samantha Carney – Everyday Multiculturalism and the experience of refugee settlement: A case study of Liverpool, UK

Samantha Carney is affiliated with the Department of Social Sciences. Her PhD has been funded by Edge Hill’s RITA GTA scheme (2017-2020); the scheme allows her the opportunity to undertake funded doctoral research whilst gaining experience with teaching within the University.

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Niroshan Ramachandran – Asylum Seekers and Refugees’ Perceptions and Experiences of Social Protection Services in the UK: the case of Liverpool and Glasgow

Niroshan is a first year PhD student in the Department of Social Sciences. I am enthusiastic to be part of Edge Hill University RITA GTA scheme (2017-2020) because it provides an opportunity to improve both my research and academic career. Formerly, I worked for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and ZOA International in Sri Lanka to support refugees, return migrants, irregular migrants and internally displaced people.

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Loreen Chikwira – Gender, Culture and Belonging in a Contested Space: Zimbabwean Women in the UK

“I am a final year, part-time PhD student in the Department of Social Sciences. My research study is on gender, culture, and ethnicity intersections in how Zimbabwean women construct their identities and navigate personal and social spaces in the UK”.

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Patrick Soulsby – The Legacies of Colonialism and the Final Solution: An Intellectual History of British and French anti-racist memory culture c. 1980-2000

“My thesis explores the various ways in which memory cultures (particularly of the Holocaust and British/French colonialism) manifest, develop and are expressed by anti-racist movements on both sides of the Channel. To what extent is memory used as part of anti-racist activism and how is it invoked?”

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Isaac Pollard – An exploration of how young refugees and asylum seekers in Liverpool use community football to facilitate and negotiate integration, assimilation and belonging

Isaac Pollard is currently affiliated with the Department of Social Sciences at Edge Hill University. Having studied for his undergraduate degree at the institution, he immediately followed this up by joining the MRes programme, incorporating both sociological enquiry and a love of sport into his studies. His research focuses on the way in which young refugees and asylum seekers in inner city Liverpool use community football, organised by the Liverpool County Football Association

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