• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

As Reader in International and Forced Migration, I have a longstanding interest in exploring the relationship between the lived experiences of individuals with a migration history and the responses of multiple actors to their presence. My research  has explored individuals 'experience in accessing key public services (including housing, health and social care services) and their participation in the labour market and creative industries. More recently, I have explored migrant experiences of navigating multilingual physical and digital environments.

Roles & Responsibilities

Policy Engagement

I have worked with a wide range of organization involved at different levels of migration governance, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the EU-funded International Centre for Migration Policy Development and various government committees. I have also served as Commissioner with the Mental Welfare Commission and as chair of its Equality and Diversity Working Group. I am currently part of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network and its Labour Market Strategy Group. 


Following from a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, I initially held several research related posts, the last of which was as Director of the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Research Unit in the School of Planning and Housing at Edinburgh College of Art (1995 – 2005). From 2002, I worked as Lecturer and then as Senior Lecturer at Heriot Watt University, and was appointed as Reader in 2012 at the same institution.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member of ESRC Strategic Advisory Network

Member of Scottish Government Expert Advisory Group on Covid-19 and Ethnicity

Member of Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment

Member of the Scottish Government's Labour Market Strategy Group


  • H Social Sciences (General)


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