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PhD Candidate, Social Policy, University of Bristol

I am currently a Research Associate at the University of Bristol within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies working on Dr Melanie Griffiths’s ESRC Future Research Leaders funded project: ‘Detention, Deportability and the Family: Migrant Men's Negotiations of the Right to Respect for Family Life.’ I am also a part time Doctor of Social Science candidate in the School of Social Policy. I have recently submitted my Doctoral dissertation: ‘Modern Slavery Protecting Victims and Prosecuting Culprits: What is the representation of ‘modern slavery’ in the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, and what are the implications of this representation?’ I am particularly interested in how problems are represented in social policy, and the implications of that representation on those the policy targets. My current research is predominantly focused on the critical analysis of immigration, labour market, human trafficking and modern slavery policy.  


  • 2016–present
    Research Associate, University of Bristol
  • –present
    Doctor of Social Science candidate in Social Policy, University of Bristol


  • 2007 
    University of Leeds, MA Social and Public Policy