I am a multi-disciplinary social scientist based at the University of Birmingham within both the School of Geography and School of Social Policy. My chief research interests are:
- Migrant identities and belonging
- The impact of security and counter-terrorism policies on citizenship
- The construction of urban 'communities'
- The governance of migrant groups and minorities in the UK
I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Birmingham and graduated with a MSc in Enterprise, Environment and Place at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies in 2007.After working in regional cultural policy-making in the UK, I was awarded an ESRC scholarship to embark upon doctoral research investigating the impact of counter-terrorism policies and discourses on British Muslim communities.
Having completed my doctorate in 2012 I worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Liverpool and at the University of Birmingham, where I am currently a research fellow on two projects funded by the AHRC and the NORFACE European research network.
In addition to academic work I have extensive consultancy experience, having completed work for organisations including Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.
My research has been featured on Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5.