Academic Background

I joined UEA as a Senior Lecturer in Law in April 2018, having previously held posts at the University of Warwick (Assistant Professor, 2015- 2018), University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre (Junior Research Fellow, 2012-2015), and the University of Edinburgh (Research Fellow 2011-2012). I studied at Queen's University Belfast (PhD in Law), University of Nottingham (LLM in the Law of Armed Conflict) and the University of Glasgow (LLB in Scots Law).

I am a socio-legal researcher working on governance and justice in refugee situations. I have a particular regional interest in southeast Asia, having worked first with Karen refugees living in camps in Thailand and more recently with ethnic Chin refugees in Malaysia and India. My book, Governing Refugees (Routledge 2014), analysed governance and justice in refugee camps in Thailand and was awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association early career book prize for 2015.  I have also published on topics including governance by armed groups; the history and management of refugee camps; legal pluralism and non-state justice systems; forced migration in southeast Asia; the role of victims in transitional justice; and constitutional reform. A common thread in this work is a focus on pluralistic governance and on the role of non-state actors in governance.

My broad research interests include criminology, victimology, transitional justice, refugee studies and legal anthropology. I would be interested in supervising PhD students on these topics.  I would particularly welcome doctoral students who are working on informal justice, socio-legal aspects of refugee protection and/or on refugees from southeast Asia.  If you are developing a PhD proposal in these areas, please get in touch to discuss your proposal. 

I have been interviewed by media as an expert on refugee issues and on Burma/Myanmar (including BBC World Service, BBC Asian News Service, Channel News Asia, France News 24 and Al-Jazeera) and have written for online media including The Conversation, openDemocracy, The Diplomat, Lacuna, and The Muslim Debate. I am a Research Associate of the University of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre and the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Project, an editorial board member of the Journal of Human Rights Practice and a trustee of Ockenden International. 

I am a series editor for Berghahn Books Forced Migration series and would be happy to discuss potential proposals for the series. 

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