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PhD Candidate, Migration Studies, UCL

Aydan Greatrick is in the final year of his ESRC-funded PhD in Migration Studies at University College London. His research focuses on LGBTQ+ asylum support in Germany and the UK. He is an expert in LGBTQ+ rights activism in Europe, forced migration, international development and on the politics of difference, inclusion, exclusion and recognition. His research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Migration and Society and in Gender and Development. He has also written for Refugee History, UCL's Europe Blog and the Network for Migration Matters.

Aydan has previously been the Project and Communications Coordinator (PCC) for the AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts research project. This project investigated local community experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement from Syria. He has also worked as a Project Officer for the ESRC and RGS-IGB supported Pride in the Field project promoting LGBTQ+-Inclusive Fieldwork Practices. Aydan is also a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Aydan teaches on topics including refugee and forced migration studies, gender, sexuality and development. He has held teaching posts at University College London and as part of the the University of London's Refugee Law Initiative Masters in Refugee Studies.


  • –present
    PhD, University College London


  • 2022 
    University College London , PhD Migration Studies
  • 2016 
    University College London , MSc Global Migration
  • 2015 
    University of Cambridge, BA Hons History