Dr Hannah Lewis
Department of Sociological Studies
Senior Research Fellow
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Department of Sociological Studies
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Hannah Lewis joined the department in 2015 as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow. Since completing her PhD ‘Interrogating community: dispersed refugees in Leeds’ at the University of Hull she has worked in academic and non-academic research as a consultant for statutory, voluntary and non-profit organisations. Prior to joining Sheffield she was a Research Assistant and Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, and was a Research Fellow at the School of Geography, University of Leeds 2011-2015.
- Research interests
Hannah is interested in understanding how policies shape the daily lives of people who migrate. She has explored how asylum seeker dispersal, the destitution of refused asylum seekers, ‘race’ and multicultural strategies, and immigration status shape community, family, transnational relationships, work and leisure among migrants and people seeking asylum. Her recent work has centred on concepts of precarity and contingency and how the social and legal status of migrants can create insecurities that may increase susceptibility to poverty, exclusion and forced labour.
She recently completed an ESRC-funded study ‘Precarious Lives’ which was the first academic study to focus on experiences of forced labour among people who are refugees or seeking asylum in the UK. Her research interests include community and social relationships, migration and refugee studies; immigration and asylum policy particularly in relation to destitution among refused asylum seekers in the UK; housing, volunteering, multiculturalism; and the ethics and methodologies of research with migrant populations.
- Distinctive or Professionalised? Understanding the Postsecular in Faith-Based Responses to Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery in the UK. Sociology, 55(3), 505-521.
- View this article in WRRO Transnational communities for dismantling detention : from Manus Island to the UK. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 6(1), 108-128.
- Precarious Irregular Migrants and Their Sharing Economies: A Spectrum of Transactional Laboring Experiences. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 107(4), 964-978. View this article in WRRO
- Socio-legal status and experiences of forced labour among asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 32(3), 182-198. View this article in WRRO
- Hyper-precarious lives: Migrants, work and forced labour in the Global North. Progress in Human Geography, 39(5), 580-600. View this article in WRRO
- Asylum, immigration restrictions and exploitation: hyper-precarity as a lens for understanding and tackling forced labour. Anti-Trafficking Review(5), 49-67. View this article in WRRO
- Music, dancing and clothing as belonging and freedom among people seeking asylum in the UK. Leisure Studies, 34(1), 42-58.
- Precarious Lives: Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Resistance within Unfree Labouring. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(2), 479-491.
- Multiply vulnerable populations: mobilising a politics of compassion from the ‘capacity to hurt’. Social & Cultural Geography, 15(3), 313-331. View this article in WRRO
- Research group
Hannah welcomes enquiries from students considering pursuing doctoral studies in areas related to her specific research interests.
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