Dr Alistair Hunter

  • Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Policy (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)


I joined the University as Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Policy in 2018. Prior to that I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (see Grants below). My PhD (Edinburgh, 2012) was awarded the Maria Baganha Prize for best PhD in the field of migration studies, presented by IMISCOE, the world’s largest network of migration scholars. A book based on my PhD was published open access by Springer in 2018, receiving an honourable mention for the Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies.

Research interests

  • Ageing
  • International Migration
  • End-of-Life Issues
  • Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the UK/ rest of Europe
  • Policymaking
  • Social Systems Theory


Burying our Differences: Negotiating faith and space in contexts of death and diversity.
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship
2015-2018 (£335,033)

‘Research in Paris’ Scholar Award
Mairie de Paris (Paris City Council)
2015-2016 (€30,000)


  • Ageing, especially in connection with health and social care, housing, and pensions.
  • Return and circular migration; transnationalism; diaspora.
  • Migrant integration policies.
  • Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the UK/ rest of Europe.
  • End-of-life issues, especially from a human geography perspective.

Current Research Students

Yahya Barry

Feeling at home and seeing the other side: Muslim responses to Right Wing Populism in the UK and Scandinavia

Sponsor: Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

Duration: 2016 - present



  • Level 1: Contemporary Health Issues (Course Convenor)
  • Level 2: Research Methods in the Social Sciences (Course Convenor)
  • Level 3: Health and Social Policy in Contemporary Context (Course Convenor)
  • Level 4: Honours Enquiry in Health and Social Policy

Additional information

I have also held positions at the University of St Andrews and the David Hume Institute think-tank. In 2015-16 I was a visiting fellow at INED, the French National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris.