Surveillance, migration and identity in Brexit Britain

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About this project

A key public concern in Brexit Britain has been migration and the surveillance and monitoring of migrants within the UK.  This research will deal directly with such concerns by examining the surveillance experiences of migrants in the political context of Brexit Britain. Criminologists have been very good at conducting research on the ‘supervisors’ and the ‘surveyors’, they have not been so good at researching how those on the receiving end of supervision and surveillance experience and respond to this monitoring.  Exploring issues of contemporary migration, identity, mobility and human rights this research studentship will examine the surveillance and monitoring experiences of migrants to and within the UK.  We welcome proposals directly relating to these themes.

We especially encourage candidates who have the aspiration and ability to advance knowledge and understanding of these phenomena through theoretically-informed empirical research. The candidate might approach this research from the perspective of a range of disciplines and fields of study, including criminology, socio-legal studies, contemporary slavery studies, international human rights scholarship, sociology of deviance and social control, policy studies, applied ethics and adjacent fields of study.


Lead supervisor:  Dr Michael McCahill, 

Next steps


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,121 in 2016/17) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

In order to demonstrate suitability to be awarded this scholarship, we encourage applicants to submit with their application a PhD research proposal. This proposal, which will play a key role in the selection process, should consist of 2,000-3,000 words and include the following: (i) a statement of your research objectives and/or core research questions; (ii) your approach, in broad terms, to answering your questions; (iii) why you think your research will be significant; (iv) how your research will advance, develop or challenge existing literature and (v) a brief summary of the knowledge, skills and qualities you have that makes you especially qualified to conduct this research.  We normally require prospective candidates to have a Masters level qualification.


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How to apply

Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.