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My teaching philosophy places students at the centre of their learning experience. They are encouraged to develop critical thinking while they take the lead in constructing scenarios that allow them to connect ideas, theoretical frameworks and methodologies to praxis. I value and recognise students’ professional and personal experiences as pivotal in developing their knowledge and independence of thought. In my modules, I encourage active participation, reflexive practices and the development of various academic and professional skills. My research-led teaching aims to foster critical thinking around the complexities,  multiple levels and actors involved in migration dynamics and governance.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since June 2020. 

In 2022 I am the dissertation coordinator for all our MSc programmes at the Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University. ​

Current PhD researchers

Nuni Jorgensen (with Rachel Humphris and Kavita Datta) PHD-QMUL: ‘Fleeing South: The Impact of Patchwork Policies on Transnational Venezuelan Families in Latin America’ (2020-). QMUL Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship. 

Duke Fan Chiang (with Alastair Ager and Kathleen Rutledge) QMU: 'The impact of cross-sector intervention on conflict-affected children’s mental health in protracted humanitarian settings. The case of children in refugee settlements in Uganda' (2021 - )

Funke Adetutu (with Stefanie Van De Peer) QMU: 'JAPA Journeys: Exploring Integration of Nigerian Immigrants in Scotland through Film' (2022 - )

Gillian Hughes (with Kathleen Rutledge) QMU: 'Creative use of the ‘Tree of Life’ narrative methodology to develop the emotional resilience of refugee children, young people and their parents in the UK'. PhD by Publication (retrospective) (2023 - )

Recent Graduate PhD Researchers

Giovanna Gini (with Kerry Holden) PHD-QMUL: 'Anthropocene Mobilities: identity as a process between materialities and mobilities' (2019-2023). QMUL Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship.

Michael Blaney (with Oonagh O'Brien and Alison Strang): '"Killing Hope" Refugee men's struggle to integrate and experience a sense of belonging in Ireland (- 2023). 

I regularly teach in different Summer Schools on migration:

Previous Teaching Experience

In 2020-2021 I was teaching the following modules at the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London:


  • GEG6147 Geographies of Forced Migration (convenor)

  • GEG5128 Spaces of Uneven Development (convenor)

  • GEG4004 Research Methods for Geographers and Environmental Scientists (contributor)

  • GEG5103 Geographical Research in Practice (contributor)

  • GEG6000 Independent Geographical Study (supervisor)


  • GEG7129 Migration and mobilities (contributor)

  • GEG7107, GEG7108 and GEG7118 Dissertation (supervisor)

In 2017-2018, I co-convened a module in the Global Political Economy MA, 'Business, Labour and Migration' with Genevieve LeBaron, at the University of Sheffield. In the Politics Department, I also taught the MA module POL6003: The Politics of Global Migration (Module Leader 2015 – 2017) and the level 3 undergraduate module POL3147: The Politics of Asylum.​

I have also taught in the Department of Geography and for the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield:

Level 1 Modules

  • 2015 GEO163 Information and Communication Skills for Geographers – GTA

  • 2012 - 2015 GEO151 Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography - GTA

  • 2015 - 2016 The State of Sheffield Challenge, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Level 3 Modules

  • 2015 GEO336 Development & Global Change – GTA


PhD Modules – Faculty of Social Sciences

  • 2014 – 2015 FCS670 Qualitative Methods for Social Science Research – GTA

  • 2015 – 2016 FCS6100 Research Ethics and Integrity – Seminar Tutor

During 2017 and 2018 I was Thesis Mentor as part of the ‘Think Ahead Programme’ at the University of Sheffield. I was recognised as a ‘Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor’ in November 2017 and May 2018.

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