Beth Porter

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Beth Porter
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Beth joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2022. In 2021/22, Beth completed an MA in International Development in the Geography Department at the University of Sheffield, for which she was awarded the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship. Prior to this, Beth worked professionally for almost half a decade in the charitable and healthcare sectors, where she primarily worked as a community, corporate and events fundraiser. Beth also holds a First Class Honours in International Relations and Politics (BA Hons) from the University of Sheffield. 

Her research interests are asylum and refugeehood, forced migration, borders, colonialism and decolonisation, gender, and menstrual health and hygiene.

Research interests

PhD: Externalised Borders and Refugee Migration (2022-26)

This project will explore the implications of externalised bordering practices such as offshore asylum processing for people seeking asylum and the states who seek to control their movement. By combining aspects of sociology, human geography, law, politics and international relations, it will critically examine the exclusionary politics of asylum. Beth’s PhD is funded through the New Horizons in Borders and Bordering Centre for Doctoral Training. 

Research interests: 

  • Asylum and refugeehood
  • Forced migration
  • Borders and bordering
  • Colonialism and decolonisation
  • Gender
  • Menstrual health and hygiene
Research group

Research Groups: 

  • Migration Research Group (University of Sheffield)


  • New Horizons in Borders and Bordering Centre for Doctoral Training – Full PhD scholarship
  • Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship – £10,000 scholarship for masters study
Professional activities and memberships


Beth is currently working as a Research and Administrative Assistant with the Migration, Integration and Governance Research Centre (MIGREC) at the University of Sheffield. 

She is also a regular volunteer at City of Sanctuary Sheffield – an organisation that supports asylum seekers and refugees in the city – working primarily as a caseworker for newly granted refugees as part of the SPRING Project.

Prior to her PhD, Beth worked for almost half a decade in the charitable sector, taking on roles in community, corporate and events fundraising for healthcare organisations including Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Neurocare and Ashgate Hospice.