Rebecca Yeo

Security, Conflict and Human Rights

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)