I am an Assistant Professor in International Politics at Newcastle University, and from August 2018 I will be an Assistant Professor in Political Theory at the University of Essex. My research focuses on what types 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 additional to philosophical research, I have conducted empirical fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Thailand, interviewing 160 former refugees and migrants who had repatriated from Israel. Based on my data, the majority who returned from South Sudan were were displaced after returning, and 5% died within two years.
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.