Josephine Biglin


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I am an honorary research fellow in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester working on the Inscribing Mobile Lives project, and also work as a lectuter in social psychology at the University of Salford

I completed my PhD in early 2022 which explored critical links between place, belonging and citizenship made by people with a refugee background using photo-voice. I have paticularly been looking at photography as a form of resistance and act of citizenship. Additionally, as a case study of migration narratives, I have critically examined social survey questions items that aim to capture people's attitudes to immigration using critical discourse analysis. 

Finally, I also has an interest in the links between displacement, (re)emplacement, place and wellbeing and have published research on the importance of community growing/green spaces to people with a refugee background.

I am a qualitative researcher whose methodology is situated within participatory research; arts-based methods and sensory and embodied ways of knowing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Place, belonging and citizenship: an analysis of UK anti-immigration discourses and asylum seeker and refugee populations’ photovoice accounts, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 201728 Feb 2022

Award Date: 14 Feb 2022

Master of Social Science, Psychology by Research, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

1 Sept 20161 Dec 2017

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

1 Sept 20131 Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HM Sociology
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • JZ International relations

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


  • Participatory Research
  • Migration
  • Mobility
  • Citizenship
  • Place
  • Photo-voice
  • Belonging
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Discourse


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