Dr Lucy Mayblin


Department of Sociological Studies

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Director of MA Sociology

Dr Lucy Mayblin
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Dr Lucy Mayblin
Department of Sociological Studies
Room LG17
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

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.



Journal articles


  • Mayblin L (2018) Postcolonial Theory In Outhwaite W & Turner S (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology: Two Volume Set (pp. 157-170). SAGE Publications Ltd RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mayblin L (2017) Is there a black and minority ethnic third sector in the UK?, Community groups in context: Local activities and actions (pp. 172-191). RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

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