Dr Rachel Pougnet

Research Topic Title: Cancellation of citizenship and national security: a comparison between France and the UK

In recent years a number of states have rolled back on citizenship rights by allowing for the deprivation of citizenship in respect of persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities. The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) called 2020 and 2021 the “years of action” against citizenship deprivation. Citizenship deprivation has serious implications for rights and puts individuals at risk of statelessness. My research uses a comparative, socio-legal approach to examine the contemporary re-tooling of citizenship deprivation as a counter-terrorism measure in the context of France and the UK. It asks, (i) what it might say about contemporary understandings of citizenship, and (ii) what surrounding constitutional structures might do to enable or restrict the methods and frequency of citizenship deprivation in such cases.

Given that citizenship deprivation is high-octane, my work and proposed pathways to impact will contribute to raising awareness on citizenship deprivation, consolidate networks and relationships and influence the behaviour of citizenship society organisations. As part of my postdoctoral activity, as well as publishing journal articles from my PhD, I will be engaged in a Knowledge Exchange Partnership with the European Network on Statelessness (ENS). This collaborative work will seek to contribute to the understanding of citizenship deprivation in different contexts and its effect on statelessness. Together, we will engage in further research aimed at law and policy development and capacity-building.

Mentor: Professor Rachel Murray and Professor Devyani Prabhat


Book Chapter

Pougnet, R., 2017. Images of citizenship at points of rupture between the citizen and the state: cancellation of citizenship in France and in the UK. In: Michelle Smyth, C. and Lang, R. ed. The future of Human rights in the UK. Cambridge scholars publishing, pp 27-50

E-mail: rachel.pougnet@bristol.ac.uk

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