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Dr William Shankley BSc MSc MA PhD FHEA

Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


    Personal Statement

    Will joined the department as a Lecturer in Sociology in 2023 after moving from the University of Nottingham, where he held the position of Assistant Professor. He completed his postdoctoral research in law at the University of Liverpool and held positions at the University of Manchester in sociology and the Cathie Marsh Institute (CMI). He conducted his Ph.D. research at the Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester, where he currently holds an honorary fellow position. His expertise lies in migration, particularly migration from Central and Eastern Europe, critical whiteness research, as well as the lived experiences of migrants in modern slavery and asylum in the UK.

    His work has been published in journals, including the Journal of Ethnicity and Migration, Identities, and Health and Place. He also co-authored a book entitled "State of the Nation," which examines ethnic and migrant inequalities in the UK using empirical data. Before completing his doctoral studies, he worked in international development and was involved in multiple projects in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

    Will is enthusiastic about collaborating on and supervising projects that align with the following themes:

    1) The intersections between asylum and modern slavery frameworks on migrant communities
    2) Processes of racialization among migrants
    3) Participatory/Trauma-Informed methods with migrants
    4) Asylum and statelessness