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Research overview

Hannah's research considers UK Government development strategies, with a focus on the economic and labour market inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers. Examining the programmes, policies, and discourses within such strategies, she seeks to explain divergences between the UK's approach in international versus regional development. She will examine the interests and pressures on decisionmakers at multiple levels of government, and how different UK Government departments demonstrate diverging understandings of the relationship between development and forced migration. The research aims to contribute to debates on the drivers behind development policy, and on how and why migration has been politicised in the UK in recent years.


Hannah recently graduated from University of Oxford's MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, receiving the 2023 Best Thesis Prize for her research on the UK's asylum seeker work ban. She holds a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and has experience working in public sector auditing, and in NGO community organisations which support displaced people in Greece and the UK.