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Dr Ala Sirriyeh

Lecturer in Sociology School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


Migration and refugee studies; children and young people; identity, home and belonging; race and racism; urban regeneration

My research is in the field of migration and refugee studies, with a particular focus on the experiences of children and young people, and on topics relating to identity, belonging and home. I also have research interests in race, racism, and urban regeneration. Since completing my PhD I have completed research projects on foster care provision for refugee children; urban regeneration in Bradford, LGBT asylum seekers, transnational living apart together relationships. In 2017-2018 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship during which I undertook I undertook a research project titled Undocumented Immigrant Young People in the USA, Political Activism and Citizenship. I have recently completed a monograph in which I examine the role of emotions in immigration policy discourse in the UK, US, and Australia. The book is titled The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy (University of Bristol Press 2018 forthcoming)