I am an Assistant Professor in International Politics at Newcastle University. My research considers the ethics of immigration policies, focusing on when coercive and non-coercive forms of immigration control are justified. For example, I consider whether states act ethically in paying refugees to repatriate, or deporting refugees no longer requiring asylum. To address these questions, I consider the broader philosophical questions of what coercion is, when it is justified, and when voluntary consent is neccessary.
In addition to considering questions of immigration and consent, I have conducted fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Thailand, interviewing 160 former refugees and migrants who had repatriated from Israel. Based on my data, an estimated 5% of all returnees to South Sudan died within two years of repatriating. The majority who survived were displaced or without shelter, medical care, or food security.
Prior to my position at Newcastle University, I was a teaching fellow in the philosophy department at the University of Leeds, and completed my PhD at the London School of Economics in August 2016.