PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR (PI)
Dr. Nick Gill
Dr. Gill is a political geographer, teaching Human Geography at the University of Exeter. He conducted groundbreaking research on justice and injustice in asylum adjudication in the UK, which impacted directly on the UK’s migration and asylum policy and legal procedure. His previous research and methodology forms the foundation of ASYFAIR.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Dr. Nicole Hoellerer (Lead Researcher)
Dr. Hoellerer is an anthropologist, with extensive research experience in migration and refugee studies. Her ethnography on refugee resettlement in the UK laid bare the practice-policy gap in the UK’s migration service provision. As a native German speaker, she is responsible for research conducted in Germany.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Dr. Daniel Fisher
Dr. Fisher is a human geographer concerned with the increasing mobility of state borders and their creep into the spaces of everyday life. His previous research, conducted while a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, consisted of multi-sited ethnographic work in the UK, Poland, mainland Spain and Ceuta. His work has focused on the ‘messiness’ of border enforcement in these diverse spaces, despite the availability of high-tech border control technologies and near real-time communication systems. His main responsibility in the ASYFAIR project is to analyse UK data, and publish on asylum adjudication.
Dr. Jessica Hambly
Dr. Hambly has a background in law. Her PhD was a socio-legal study of UK asylum appeals, with a specific focus on the work of lawyers. Alongside her PhD, Dr Hambly worked as a research associate on the Citizenship and Law Project at Bristol University and taught constitutional and administrative law. She has volunteered for a number of years with local refugee advocacy and solidarity groups, and prior to starting work with the ASYFAIR team she worked as an adviser with Legal Centre Lesbos. As a French speaker, she is responsible for research conducted in France.
Amanda is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, researching the seemingly banal administrative systems that govern daily life for those seeking asylum in Britain. Her work focuses on those geospatial controls imposed on asylum seekers, in the form of immigration detention and reporting practices, inhered within many people’s experiences of seeking asylum. Prior to her PhD studies, Amanda worked with Somali refugees in Ethiopia, and with Praxis, a charity working with vulnerable migrants in east London. Amanda’s role in the ASYFAIR team includes the analysis and coding of UK data.