The Principle Investigator and grant holder for this project is Dr Lucy Mayblin. Lucy studied at the universities of Birmingham and Warwick and has degrees in Human Geography, European Studies, Social Research Methods, and Sociology. She has worked as a research associate at the Centre for Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham, and for the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her ESRC funded doctoral research at the University of Warwick analysed the connections between Britain’s colonial past and asylum policy today. Following this she worked with Professor Gill Valentine on the ERC funded LIVEDIFFERENCE project which investigated the capacity for communities and individuals to live with difference in the 21st century. She is co-convenor of the British Sociological Association study group on ‘Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism’.
The Research Associate for this project is Poppy James. Poppy has degrees in Psychology, Criminology and Social Research Methods. Her MSc research at the Open University provided an econometric evaluation of asylum policy, exploring the relationship between economic and policy factors and the number of refused asylum seekers who remain in the UK. Following this she worked as a Research Assistant at Leeds Beckett University, where she contributed to the Department of Health funded EPIC trial which evaluated dementia workforce training. Prior to this, Poppy spent eight years working as a Research Consultant in private and third sector organizations, and has delivered workforce and skills research for the Home Office and the non-ministerial government department Ofqual. Poppy is also a volunteer at the Sheffield based charity ASSIST, which supports destitute asylum seekers.