I’m currently a researcher and doctoral candidate at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS). If you’d like to find out more about my current (PhD project), check out Project Details. If you’d like to find out more about me, the other stuff that I’ve involved in, and were to find me, keep reading!
I’ve been at ACMS since the beginning of 2014, when I started my Masters which was funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF). This project, which was supervised by Aurelia Segatti, focused on the immigration industry and the relationship between the state, immigration intermediaries, and migrants. Part of this research explored the increasing precarity experienced by immigrants in South Africa as a result of changing and increasingly stringent immigration policy and regulations.
After finishing the MA, and before starting the PhD, in what I like to call the ‘pre-doc’ phase, I worked with Ingrid Palmary to investigate the policy making processes behind the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Act. This work got me thinking about a lot of really interesting questions about how policy is made, why certain policy is made, how do you successfully intervene in the policy making process, and how do we improve the relationship between policy makers, the public, and researchers. A lot of these question are aminating my current project.
At the moment, I’m also involved in the Security at the Margins (SeaM) project – a collaborative project between ACMS and the Centre for African Studies at the Univeristy of Edinburgh – and co-ordinating a seminar series at ACMS which provides a space for PhDs and staff to share their work.
Whilst research can be all consuming, in an effort not to turn into one of those academics who thinks the university is life, I make sure to spend a fair amount of quality time on my chief non-work interests – brunch, naps, RuPaul.