Research Network


Research collaboration lies at the heart of the ASYFAIR project. We aim to bring together legal practitioners, charity workers, activists, volunteers, asylum seekers, researchers working on asylum adjudication in Europe, as well as professionals working in asylum adjudication.

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Research Network

John R Campbell

John R Campbell is a Reader in the Anthropology of Law and Africa in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), London. His current interests focus on: refugees, the anthropology of law and magistrates’courts. Recent publications include: ‘Expert evidence in British Asylum Courts: The judicial assessment of evidence on ethnic discrimination and statelessness in Ethiopia’ in Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrance, Joanna Tague, and Meredith Terretta. Eds. 2015. Law, Expertise, and Protean Ideas about African Migrants. Ohio State University Press. Pp. 201-120; ‘Asylum v sovereignty in the 21st century: How nation-state’s breach international law to block access to asylum’, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 2016, 2, 1, 24-39; and Bureaucracy, Law and Dystopia in the United Kingdom’s Asylum System. Routledge: N.Y. & Oxford (2017). Email: 


Julia Dahlvik

Julia Dahlvik earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Vienna and is currently researching and teaching at the University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus Vienna (Austria). Her research focuses on organisations, law and society, public administration, and asylum. Her dissertation ‘Inside Asylum Bureaucracy’ was an ethnographic case study on the Austrian asylum administration and is forthcoming with Springer in 2018. She recently published ‘Asylum as construction work: Theorizing administrative practices in Migration Studies’. Email:


Moira Dustin

Moira Dustin is a Research Fellow in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, working on the SOGICA project. ‘SOGICA – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge’ is a four-year project funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).  Moira is responsible for the UK casework on the Project.

Moira has a PhD in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics, where she is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). Before joining the University of Sussex, Moira was Director of Research and Communications at the Equality and Diversity Forum, a network of equality and human rights organisations, where she coordinated the Equality and Diversity Research Network. Moira has also worked at the Refugee Council, providing advice and information and developing national services for refugees and asylum-seekers. She has worked as a freelance sub-editor on the Guardian and Independent newspapers and was the Information Worker for the Carnegie Inquiry into the Third Age. For more information about Moira’s research and publications, please see


Chrisa Giannopoulou

Chrisa Giannopoulou received her PhD. from the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies in the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) in December 2015. Her thesis focused on the survival strategies of separated asylum-seeking children in Greek reception centres. She has worked with the Asylum Appeals’ Committees in Athens and her work and research experience also include victims of trafficking and regular migrants in Greece. In 2018 she joins a research program at the Department of Geography at the University of Aegean (Mytilene, Lesvos – Greece), titled Refugees’ Right to the city. State reception centres and housing commons: Case studies from Athens, Thessaloniki and Mytilene. She is also part of a research program at the Centre for Research on Womens’ Issues titled Assessments of accessibility and barriers to GBV services in Attica, Northern Greece, islands and Evros regions.


Anthony Good

Anthony Good is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His initial research in South India focused on domestic life-cycle ceremonies, especially those of puberty, marriage, and death. Subsequent field research in a Hindu temple was concerned with the ceremonial economy linking gods, priests and worshippers, as well as with daily and festival worship. He has frequently acted as an expert witness in asylum appeals involving Sri Lankans, and has carried out research on uses of expert evidence in the British asylum courts, and (with Robert Gibb, University of Glasgow) on the conversion of asylum applicants’ narratives into legal discourse in the UK and France. Relevant publications include Anthropology and Expertise in the Asylum Courts (Routledge-Cavendish 2007), ‘Anthropological evidence and Country of Origin Information in British asylum courts,’ pp. 122-44 in Benjamin N. Lawrance & Galya Ruffer (eds), Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status: The Role of Witness, Expertise and Testimony. (Cambridge University Press 2015), Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment (co-edited with Daniela Berti & Gilles Tarabout: Ashgate 2015), and ‘Law and anthropology: legal pluralism and “lay” decision-making,’ pp. 211-238 in Dawn Watkins & Mandy Burton (eds), Research Methods in Law (2nd edition: Routledge 2017). Email:


Carolina Kobelinsky

Carolina Kobelinsky is a Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative (LESC), Nanterre (France). Her current interests focus on asylum policies and its effects on ordinary life; asylum adjudication process; and deaths at the EU borders. Recent publications include: La mort aux frontières de l’Europe: retrouver, identifier, commémorer, by Collectif Babels, Ed. le passager clandestin, 2017; Trapped to the local: The effects of immigration detention in France (with S. Le Courant), In Furman R. D. Epps & G. Lamphear (eds.) Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 129-139; Judging Intimacies at the French Court of Asylum, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 38-2, 2015, pp. 338- 355. Email:


Tone Maia Liodden

Tone Maia Liodden has completed a PhD in sociology on asylum decision-making in Norway. In the thesis, she explores how decision-makers in asylum cases reach a sense of conviction about the outcome in a context of uncertainty, and how organizational and institutional factors affect the experience of discretion, responsibility and doubt. The data material consists of interviews with asylum caseworkers, review of casefiles and observations of cases in court. The thesis contributes by demonstrating how local practices may give rise to different understandings of who a refugee is, thereby contributing to explaining disparities in recognition rates for similar claims; and second, by arguing for the centrality of doubt in the exercise of discretion. The findings illustrate the importance of the institutional and bureaucratic context for understanding how “the refugee” comes into being. E-mail:


Stephanie Schneider

Stephanie Schneider is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Siegen, Germany. Her PhD project is an empirical investigation of frontline asylum administrative practices in Germany and the contestations around ‘good work’. Stephanie’s research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, sociology of law and administration, and of space and borders. Recent publications include Official Standards and Local Knowledge in Asylum Procedures (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2017, with Karin Schittenhelm) and „Ohne ‘ne ordentliche Anhörung kann ich keine ordentliche Entscheidung machen …“ (in Lahusen und Schneider (ed.) 2017, with Kristina Wottrich). Email:


Barbara Sorgoni

Barbara Sorgoni is Associate Professor in Cultural anthropology and the Anthropology of Migrations at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society (University of Turin, Italy). Her current interests focus on the anthropology of different forms of asylum seekers’ reception policies and practices, and the role and use of narratives in refugee status determination procedure in Italy. Recent publications include: “Practices of Reception and Integration of Urban Refugees: the Case of Ravenna, Italy”, in K. Koizumi, G. Hoffstaedter (eds), 2015, Urban Refugees. Challenges in Protection, Services and Policy, Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics: Abington & New York, pp. 116-135; “Anthropology and Asylum Procedures and Policies in Italy” in E. Tauber, D. Zinn (eds), 2015, The Public Value of Anthropology: Engaging Critical Social Issues through Ethnography, Bozen: bu,press, pp. 31-60; “Chiedere asilo. Racconti, traduzioni, trascrizioni”, in B. Pinelli (ed.), 2013, “Migrazioni e Asilo Politico”, Antropologia, special issue, 13(15), pp. 131-151. Email:


Massimiliano Spotti

Massimiliano Spotti is Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Tilburg University (Netherlands). Dr. Spotti’s expertise includes the implication of the internet for asylum seeking practices, e-citizenship, e-inclusion/exclusion, as well as discourses of morality and national belonging. He is also deputy director of Babylon – The Centre for the Study of Superdiversity at Tilburg University, where he works on institutional responses to super-diversity in urban and non-urban spaces across Europe. Email:


Zachary Whyte

Zachary Whyte is Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) / SAXO-Institute at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).  He works with asylum seekers and refugees in Denmark and Europe. He is interested in the intersections of transnationality, state practices, uncertainty and everyday life. He wrote his DPhil (University of Oxford) drawing on a year’s ethnographic fieldwork at a Danish asylum centre, and completed a post.doc. (University of Copenhagen) examining refugees’ experiences at Danish language schools. He has since pursued numerous academic and advisory projects working with asylum seekers and refugees, local communities, as well as state, municipal, private and civil society actors. Email: