Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

  • Dr Patrick Bury

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni


    Security and Strategy Institute, University of Exeter

    Graduation date: 2017

    Research topic: The Transformation of the Army Reserve

    Current position: I’m now a lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies at the University of Bath

    Email: p.bury@bath.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/PatrickBury

    Website/Blog: http://www.bath.ac.uk/polis/staff/patrick-bury/


  • Rebecca Yeo

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC +3)
    Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Who is worthy of ‘our’ support? An exploration of the causes, impact and possible alternatives to the relative entitlements associated with disability and forced migration.

    I am investigating what underpins assumptions that certain people warrant ‘our’ support, while the very existence of others, with ostensibly similar needs, is disregarded. There are countless ways in which resources could be distributed and people’s needs prioritised. If the deprivation of particular people is ignored, or appears inevitable, it suggests that alternatives may be obscured. I explore what is currently portrayed as ‘normal’, or legitimate, prioritisation of resources; how this impacts on the lives of disabled asylum seekers and of disabled Syrians selected under the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme; and how it could be otherwise.

    Research supervisors: Dr Aurelien Mondon (Bath), Dr Naomi Millner (Bristol)

    Email: r.a.yeo@bath.ac.uk


  • Dr Stuart Scrase

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2012

    Research topic: Violence against the police in the 2011 English Riots

    Through ethnographic research in north London and a situational analysis of video footage of the riots, I aim to explain the occurrences of violence against police in 2011. The research responds to causal simplifications by the media/politicians which posit individual pathology rather than systemic dysfunction; a relative lack of in depth qualitative study of the social conditions and experiences which shaped the subjectivity to riot; and to a theory of violence, which proposes analysing the situational dynamics but also excludes background/social factors as causally irrelevant.

    Research supervisors: Dr Katherine Tyler (Exeter), Dr Will Atkinson (Bristol)

    Email: sts203@exeter.ac.uk


  • Dr Rebecca Mavin

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: September 2014

    Graduation date: May 2019

    Research topic: The Body and Embodied Experiences in the U.K. Asylum System

    My research examines the everyday embodied experiences of asylum seekers in the U.K, with the aim of exploring the roles and functions of the body within the system. Through fieldwork conducted in the South West of England and analyses of asylum policy, I hope to discuss the various ways that the body is implicated in the asylum system, and the impacts that the system’s governance of the body has on asylum seekers’ everyday lives and self-understandings.

    Research supervisors: Dr Andrew Schaap (Exeter), Dr Katherine Charsley (Bristol)

    Email: rm480@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/becca_mavin


  • Dr Hen Wilkinson

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

    Start date: September 2013

    Graduation date: January 2020

    Research topic: Building a sustainable core for community-facing collaborations: how everyday conflicts are surfaced and managed in cross-sector working

    My research is looking at the dynamics of cross-sector collaboration in two case study networks – one in the UK (Bristol), the other in the Netherlands (Amsterdam). It is using participative and complexity-informed research methodologies to explore the values and power relations underpinning community-facing initiatives across a collaborative network. Central to the study is an exploration of how tensions and conflicts within the network are surfaced and managed, with what implications for sustained collaboration and the quality of service delivery. As public governance is increasingly devolved to the local level, the quality and inclusivity of cross-sector collaborative frameworks becomes highly relevant for core infrastructure and community support programmes.

    Research supervisors: Dr David Sweeting (Bristol), Dr Deborah Osberg (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Director, Community Resolve (communityresolve.com) Associate, Taos Institute Visiting Fellow, Centre for Understanding Social Practice, University of West of England  

    Email: hen.wilkinson@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommunityResolv

    Website/Blog: https://communityresolve.com


  • Frances Johnson

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Narratives of Belonging Amongst Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the UK

    My research relates to child asylum-seekers based in the UK without parent or guardian. Informed by the “new” sociology of childhood, I conduct research with children, understanding children as active in the construction and contestation of their own lives and of society. I explore critically concepts of agency, vulnerability, resilience and belonging within an asylum regime which is punitive and discriminatory. I am currently investigating participatory and creative research methods in the qualitative tradition.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jason Hart (Bath), Dr Debbie Watson (Bristol)

    Email: F.M.Johnson@bath.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/francesmary1980


  • Dr Abi Dymond

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights Alumni

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC +3)
    College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

    Start date: April 2013

    Graduation date: June 2017

    Research topic: Police use of Taser in England and Wales.

    My inter-disciplinary PhD research, drew on elements from criminology, sociology and law, used quantitative and qualitative techniques, from binary logistic regression to actor-network theory, to examine the controversies around Tasers and less lethal weapons in the UK.

    Current position: Having done my PhD jointly at Exeter and Bristol, I am now a Lecturer in Criminology and ESRC Future Research Leader at the University of Exeter.

    Research supervisors: Professor Brian Rappert (Exeter), Professor Rachel Murray (Bristol)

    Email: A.Dymond@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbiDymond