Dr. Karolina Follis, Senior Lecturer in Politics, PPR (Politics, Philosophy and Religion), Lancaster University. Dr. Follis is a political anthropologist working in the interdisciplinary field of critical border studies. Her work has focused on the contradictions that emerge between citizenship, border regimes and human rights. Her present interest in health and migration/mobility is a continuation of this research trajectory. More

Dr. Luca Follis, Senior Lecturer in Law and Society, Law School, Lancaster University. Dr. Follis is a political sociologist who has conducted research on mobilities within the criminal justice landscape and other state infrastructures. He has particular interests in the intersection of healthcare provision and entitlements with social deprivation and legal exclusion. More

Dr. Nicola Burns, Lecturer in Disability Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. Dr. Burns is an interdisciplinary researcher who has conducted research around migration and health. She has particular interests in the area of disability and migration, viewing disability as a human rights issue. Burns is a member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and will host the Glasgow workshop. More

Dr. Janine Morley, Researcher in Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University. Her research background is in the sociology of energy demand and sustainable consumption. She is particularly interested in the mobilities of data, heat and connectivity, as well as human migration in the context of climate change. More


Key Collaborators

Dr Fiona Burns is a Reader in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Department of Infection and Population Health, University College London. She is also an honorary consultant and inpatient clinical lead in HIV medicine at the Royal Free Hospital. Her research interests include the social, behavioural and clinical dimensions of HIV/STI epidemiology, health care access and social inequalities, and migration and health.

Dr. Kirsty Challen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Research Lead at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust (NW England).

Ismail Einashe is a freelance journalist and writer working on migration and refugee issues, as well as human rights and conflict. His reporting has appeared in the Guardian, The Sunday Times, BBC, NBC News, the Nation, The New York Times and many other places. 

Agnieszka Kosowicz is founder and President of the Polish Migration Forum Foundation and has been involved in migration work for the last 20 years. Author of various integration programs for migrants and refugees. A practitioner of migrant integration. Interested in “filling the gaps”, undertaking issues no-one else tackles. Recently, these involved working with migrants with disabilities as well as awareness raising on migration for priests.

Dr. Pawel Lewicki is an anthropologist based at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (O). His research focuses on cultural diversity in the context of migration and mobility in Europe, particularly on marginalized people living with HIV/AIDS in Berlin.

Dr. Gwyneth Lonergan is a Research Fellow in Sociology at Lancaster University. She is currently undertaking a Wellcome Trust funded project researching migrant women’s experiences of maternity care in northern England.

Dr. Maurizio Milesi is based at the University of Turin and has recently completed a medical residency in infectious disease. He is interested in developing effective forms of treatment for irregular migrants with infectious disease.

Dr. Tullio Prestileo is the Medical Director of the Infectious Disease and Health Migration Unit at the Civic Hospital in Palermo, Sicily. He is a clinician and expert on the challenges of healthcare delivery among migrants and refugees in Italy.

Dr. Teresa Piacentini is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. Dr. Piacentini’s research focuses on migrant experiences of settlement, integration and belonging including access to services, interpreting and translation. She is the network’s liaison to the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and contribute as a speaker to the Glasgow workshop.

Molly Gilmour is a Sociologist at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on Humanitarian Affairs, investigating how humanitarian medical operations are mobilised in Lebanon, and asks what might more effective and culturally appropriate refugee healthcare look like? More 

Dr. Kathryn Cassidy, Associate Professor of Human Geography, Northumbria University. Dr. Cassidy is a feminist political geographer, whose research explores processes and practices of bordering and ordering contemporary societies and the ways in which these are being resisted both through collective and individual actions. From October 2019 to August 2021, she is on research leave funded by the Leverhulme Trust, working on a project entitled ‘Dis/b/ordering: disrupting everyday welfare bordering in the UK’. More

Dr. Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a Lecturer with the Council on African Studies and Council on Middle East Studies. She is a feminist geographer whose work focuses on the relationship between borders, race, and political economy between Africa and Europe. More


Advisory Board Members

Professor Kate O’Donnell is Professor of Primary Care Research and Development at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on the delivery of primary care services to marginalised populations and migrant perceptions of health and access to care. She will deliver the keynote at the Glasgow workshop.

Dr. Stephanie Sodero is a Banting Postdoctoral Researcher in Medical Anthropology at University of Edinburgh. She is currently exploring vital mobilities (i.e. movements of goods, people and information that impact life chances) in and beyond the UK. More

Professor Stephen Wilkinson is a bioethicist specialising in human reproductive donation and a holder of Wellcome Senior Investigator Award. He has significant experience managing large collaborative projects at the intersection of academia and medicine. More

Professor Monika Buscher is the Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) and Associate Director of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University. Expert in mobilities theory and mobile methods. Her research is on disaster mobilities and the ethical, legal and social issues of IT innovation. She will deliver the keynote at the inaugural workshop. More