My research aims to illuminate how processes of migration and mobility transform, and are shaped by, human actors. I explore the opportunities and challenges that arise from interstitial spaces between places and cultures, what they make visible about global inequalities and power differentials, and the ethics of interventions. In this context, I pay particular attention to privileged mobilities, as a complement to mainstream migration research, and in order to contribute to its theorising.

My current project, based on research funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is concerned with 'Citizen Aid'. This broadly refers to small-scale initiatives set by individuals which are aimed at supporting others. These often operate on the margins of the more formal aid and development sector. Through fieldwork with a range of these initiatives in Cambodia, I am asking what, if anything, makes citizen aid distinct from 'conventional' development. I am also interested in how initiatives that are fundamentally based on a person-to-person approach can be understood as forms of solidarity.

I am also involved in establishing a research network on 'Inter-Asian Aid' with colleagues at the Asia Research Institute in Singapore:


Key Areas of Research

Migration, Mobility and Social Change; Ethnography of Aid and Development; Aid as Work; Everyday Ethics and Morality; Childhood and Youth; Gender, Kinship and the Body

Regional Focus: Southeast Asia  (Cambodia, Indonesia)