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Dr Arshad Isakjee

Lecturer in Human Geograpjy Geography and Planning


    Informal Migration into Europe

    I research the politics of informal and irregular migration into Europe. In 2015 I began to work on research exposive the strcutural violence that asylum seekers were sujected to whilst living in the Calais migrant camp in France, Wirking with Dr Thom Davies (University of Nottingham) and Dr Surindar Dhesi (University of Birmingham), our inter-disciplinary project incorporated environmental health analysis to show the hidden ways through which harm was being perpetrated on refugees, to encourage them to leave. In articles in Criitcal Public Health and Antipode, my colleagues and I have described howthe politics of deliberate inaction - a withddrawl of the state - is strategically deployed in ways which lead diretly to damage to refugee health, We have also published more generally around the nature of the informal migrant camp in Europe through the lens of postcolonialism.

    More recently we have been working on migrant rights activism and resistance in the Balakans, alone the European Union borderzone. Funded by the Antipode Activist-Scholar Grant, we are examining the ways in which border violence is used to secure the European border, and critically assesing the effectiveness of resistance groups working in the region.

    Governance of British Muslims

    I research the securitisation and securitised identities of Muslims in the UK. My doctoral research completed at the University of Birmingham looked at the early iteration of the Prevent programme, and contextualised it within broader policy directed towards governing Muslim minorities in Birmingham and the UK. I am interested in Islamophobia and the often exclusiuonary politics of belonging that is played out through institutional and governmental discourse and policy, which routinely serves to racialise Muslim minorities as 'risky' citizens. From this work I have written papers for journals including Environment and Planning A, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Ethnicities. I have given evidence to government on Islamophobia and Muslim identity through work with the ALl Party Parliamentary group on Islamophobia, and have made a number of national media appearances speaking on these issues.

    Recently I have also collaborated with the food geographer Bridin Caroll to write about Halal food consumption in the UK for Social and Cultural Geography, combining our relevant interests on Muslim identities and food practices.

    Research Grants

    Fragile resistance on the EU border: the peaceful geographies of the refugee crisis


    December 2018 - May 2021