Jo Wilding is a researcher and writer based at the University of Brighton. Her PhD was a qualitative, case-study based project investigating the supply side of the asylum and immigration legal aid market, and the interaction between demand, supply, quality and financial viability. She will begin working on an ESRC-funded post-doctoral fellowship in October 2019.
She is also a barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London, specialising in immigration, asylum and unlawful detention including appeals, judicial review and claims for damages for false imprisonment. She is a member of the Bar Council's research peer review panel.
Her previous research, as a research fellow at Brighton, investigated the situation of unaccompanied children seeking asylum and the extent to which their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are implemented by the UK government. This was part of the EU-funded "In Whose Best Interests?" project, which is led by the University of Primorska in Slovenia and also involves Austrian and French teams. Jo conducted the UK part of the research under the supervision of Professor Marie-Benedicte Dembour. She was also the legal expert on the Quality of Asylum Legal Advice research project, jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Legal Ombudsman and Unbound Philanthropy.