Dr Lucy Mayblin
Department of Sociological Studies
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Director of MA Sociology
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Department of Sociological Studies
Lucy joined the department in 2018 as Senior Lecturer in Sociology. Prior to this she was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Warwick University (2016-2018).
She has held two postdoctoral research fellow positions at the University of Sheffield (in the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences 2012-2014, and then in the Politics Department 2015-2016) and prior to her PhD was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham 2006-2008.
Lucy is a Political Sociologist whose research focuses on asylum, human rights, policy-making, and the legacies of colonialism.
She holds a first class degree from the University of Birmingham and Distinctions at Masters level from the Universities of Birmingham (European Studies) and Warwick (Social Research Methods) as well as a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick.
In 2017 Lucy’s article with Aneta Piekut and Gill Valentine ‘”Other” Posts from “Other” Places: Poland Through a Postcolonial Lens?’ won the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence in the Journal Sociology, and in 2018 her book ‘Asylum After Empire’ won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
Lucy has worked with, and presented to, a range of organisations in her research including the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the British Refugee Council, Refugee Action, The Red Cross, ASSIST (Sheffield), Asylum Welcome (Oxford), and City of Sanctuary.
She is co-convenor of the British Sociological Association study group on ‘Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism’ and an external examiner for Sociology at the LSE.
- Research interests
Lucy is a Political Sociologist whose research focuses on asylum, human rights, policy-making, and the legacies of colonialism. Her ESRC funded doctoral research at the University of Warwick, which she passed without corrections, analysed the connections between Britain’s colonial past and asylum policy today.
This project became the monograph ‘Asylum After Empire: Postcolonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking’ (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017) which won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2018.
Since 2015 Lucy has been leading a project funded through an ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme which investigates the politics of asylum, welfare and work in Britain.
The project explores how policy is made in relation to asylum seekers’ access to welfare and work, the implications of restricting asylum seeker’s economic rights (keeping them in poverty) for the third sector, and then the impact upon asylum seekers in their everyday lives.
This project has been awarded an additional £10,000 of funding through the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration scheme for work with third sector organisations on the issue of the third sector’s sole in asylum support.
- Impoverishment and Asylum: Social Policy as Slow Violence. London: Routledge.
- Asylum After Empire: Colonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking. Rowman and Littlefield International.
- Necropolitics and the Slow Violence of the Everyday: Asylum Seeker Welfare in the Postcolonial Present. Sociology, 54(1), 107-123. View this article in WRRO
- Imagining asylum, governing asylum seekers : complexity reduction and policy making in the UK home office. Migration Studies, 7(1), 1-20. View this article in WRRO
- Asylum and refugee support in the UK: civil society filling the gaps?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(3), 375-394.
- Global Social Theory: Building resources. Area, 51(4), 816-819.
- Unfree labour in immigration detention: exploitation and coercion of a captive immigrant workforce. Economy and Society, 47(2), 191-213.
- ‘They kick you because they are not able to kick the ball’: normative conceptions of sex difference and the politics of exclusion in mixed-sex football, 222-238.
- Complexity reduction and policy consensus: Asylum seekers, the right to work, and the ‘pull factor’ thesis in the UK context. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(4), 812-828. View this article in WRRO
- Migration and diversity in a post-socialist context: Creating integrative encounters in Poland. Environment and Planning A, 48(5), 960-978. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Troubling the exclusive privileges of citizenship: mobile solidarities, asylum seekers, and the right to work. CITIZENSHIP STUDIES, 20(2), 192-207.
- ‘Other’ Posts in ‘Other’ Places: Poland through a Postcolonial Lens?. Sociology, 50(1), 60-76. View this article in WRRO
- In the contact zone: engineering meaningful encounters across difference through an interfaith project. The Geographical Journal, 182(2), 213-222.
- ‘Big Brother welcomes you’: exploring innovative methods for research with children and young people outside of the home and school environments. Qualitative Research, 15(5), 583-599. View this article in WRRO
- Experimenting with spaces of encounter: Creative interventions to develop meaningful contact. Geoforum, 63, 67-80. View this article in WRRO
- Colonialism, Decolonisation, and the Right to be Human: Britain and the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees. Journal of Historical Sociology. View this article in WRRO
- 21 años de Gender, Place and Culture: Modos de ver: El sexismo y el prejuicio olvidado. Gender, Place and Culture, 21(4), 401-414. View this article in WRRO
- Asylum, welfare and work: Reflections on research in asylum and refugee studies. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 34(5), 375-391.
- Never look back: Political thought and the abolition of slavery. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 26(1), 93-110.
- International Relations and non-western thought: imperialism, colonialism and investigations of global modernity. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 87(5), 1227-1228.
- What is geography's contribution to making citizens?. Geography, 93(1), 34-39.
- Made in...? Appreciating the everyday geographies of connected lives. Teaching Geography, 32(2), 80-83.
- Postcolonial Theory In Outhwaite W & Turner S (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology: Two Volume Set (pp. 157-170). SAGE Publications Ltd
- Is there a black and minority ethnic third sector in the UK?, Community groups in context: Local activities and actions (pp. 172-191).
- Freedom time: negritude, decolonization, and the future of the world. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(3), 524-526.
- Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On liberal governances of mobility by Hagar Kotef. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 17(3).
- Book Review: Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Manuela Boatca and Sérgio Costa (eds) Decolonizing European Sociology: Transdisciplinary Approaches. Sociology, 46(4), 772-773.
- Book Review: Citizenship and Immigration. The Sociological Review, 59(1), 183-185.
- The Idea of Human Rights. POLITICAL STUDIES REVIEW, 8(3), 376-376.
- Book Reviews. Critical Policy Studies, 3(1), 141-148.
- Gender, Conflict and Migration. Edited by Navnita Chadha Behera.. Journal of Refugee Studies, 21(1), 138-140.
- Research group
Lucy welcomes PhD applications from students interested in asylum and refugee policy, colonialism and human rights.
Asylum, Welfare and Work in the Age of Austerity (PI)
- Duration: 2015-2018
- Awarding Body: ESRC
- Amount: £240,000
Civil Society filling the Gaps: Supporting Asylum Seekers at the Local Level (PI)
- Duration: 2017
- Awarding Body: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account
- Amount: £10,340
- Teaching activities
- MA Sociology: Current Sociology
- MA Sociology: Sociology of Brexit
- MA Sociology: Dissertation