Georgina Lewis

Security, Conflict and Human Rights

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

Start date: September 2018

Research topic: Police Violence Against Refugees: Understanding the Issues of Security, Human Rights and Necropolitics in Calais

My research focus is on the current refugee situation in Calais, addressing primarily the reasons for – and impact of – the police violence towards the refugees. Viewing the situation through a socio-political lens, I will explore the factors surrounding and ‘permitting’ the violence to occur, and what this means for our understanding of human rights and security for refugees. My research will consider the various political dynamics embodied in the situation, and from this evaluate whether a necropolitical theory can be seen to understand the violence and attitudes towards the refugees.

Research supervisors: Professor Brian Rappert , Dr Brad Evans