Gerasimos Tsourapas (PI)

Gerasimos Tsourapas is the PI of MOBSANCT. For a full bio, please click here.

2022 – Judith Hoppermann (Doctoral Researcher)

Judith Hoppermann is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests lie in the intersection of forced migration and foreign policy. Previously, she gained experience as a Carlo Schmid Fellow at WFP’s office for the Syria crisis, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Lebanon program and the German Permanent Mission to the UN, amongst others. She also covered topics around migration as a journalist at the German Press Agency (dpa) and elsewhere.

Judith graduated with an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic (with distinction) from SOAS, University of London, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Politics (first-class honours) from Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany. During her studies, she held scholarships from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Journalism Track) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Keep in touch with Judith via Twitter, @JHoppermann.

2023 – Min Young Park (Doctoral Researcher)





We are happy to welcome Ms Min Young Park as a new Doctoral Researcher (2023–27), who will join MOBSANCT having been awarded an ESRC-funded studentship award from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Min will be working on a project entitled “The Shadow Migration State: Examining the Role of Smuggling Networks in Tunisian Politics.” Min has policy and development experience in Tunisia. In 2019, she took a prominent role in planning, staffing, and executing USAID’s 2019 election observation mission to Tunisia for its presidential and legislative elections.

Mine joins us at the University of Glasgow with a BA in International Studies and Arabic from Emory University (magna cum laude) and an MA in International Security from Sciences Po (cum laude). Min previously worked for the World Food Programme, the International Organisation for Migration, and the Carter Center.

Keep in touch with Min via Twitter, @Min_YPark.

2023 – Kamal Sadiq (Visiting Fellow)

Professor Kamal Sadiq (University of California – Irvine) is a Visiting Fellow at the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow for June & July 2023. Kamal and Gerasimos are collaborating on a multi-year project regarding the politics of postcolonial migration states. Together, they have published research on the international politics of migration in leading journals, including comparative work on India and Egypt for European Journal of International Relations. Their most recent piece on the emergence of a transnational social contract in Jordan and Nepal is forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly. Kamal’s visit will allow for the completion of an ambitious monograph that analyses labour and forced migration across the Global South, with a particular emphasis on postcolonial and post-imperial states in the Middle East and South/Southeast Asia. Beyond their research collaboration, Kamal will be part of a daylong workshop with leading scholars of transnational politics on May 26th, which will include a number of early-career scholars across the University of Glasgow. As an Advisory Board member in Gerasimos’ ERC Starting Grant project on migration diplomacy (MOBSANCT), Kamal will also spend time discussing his work with members of the MOBSANCT team as well as SSPS faculty and students, particularly those interested in international migration and South Asian politics.

Kamal Sadiq (PhD, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the processes of political inclusion and legal membership of immigrants, refugees, and the urban poor in developing countries, specifically in South Asia (India, Bangladesh) and South-East Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia). He is the author of Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries (Oxford University Press 2009, reprint 2010) and co-editor of Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2020). His articles appear in the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Quarterly, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Asian Perspectives, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, PS: Political Science & Politics, the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, and select edited books. He has chaired the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies (ENMISA) section of the International Studies Association and the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Citizenship Studies and the Advisory Board of the journal Migration Politics.

2023 – Matthew J. Heneghan (Doctoral Researcher)

We are happy to welcome Mr Matthew J. Heneghan as a new Doctoral Researcher (2023–27), who will join MOBSANCT having been awarded an ESRC-funded studentship award from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Matthew will be working on a project entitled “Remittance Regimes: Migrational (inter)dependencies Between Russia and Eurasia and their Comparative Effects on Political and Institutional Development – The Cases of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.” He joins us at the University of Glasgow with an MA in Russian Studies & English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in International Social & Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Matthew previously worked at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the LSE IDEAS Foreign Policy Think Tank, and the World Food Programme.

Keep in contact with Matthew via Twitter, @HeneghanMJ.