Frances Johnson

Security, Conflict and Human Rights

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)