Molly Gilmour

Research title

How can we strengthen emergency healthcare for forced migrants situated on the edges of Europe?

Research summary

I am conducting ethnographic research guided by the research question 'How can we strengthen emergency healthcare for forced migrants situated on the edges of Europe?'.

Before beginning this research project I gained work experience in the humanitarian aid sector, both founding an NGO and working for INGOs both in the field and in head office grounding this PhD in recognised global challenges.

Throughout the ten-month fieldwork period beginning Winter 2019, I will undertake an interdisciplinary study of an NGO-led mission providing healthcare to forced migrants in the Levant to research:

(i) how the mission mobilises to provide emergency healthcare;

(ii) the reception the mission receives from migrants (including how understandings of and responses to mission aims and actions are mediated by migrants’ conceptions of health, and the concerns and priorities these conceptions are enmeshed with);

(iii) and the limitations that the mission faces and how these are addressed/managed.

Alongside this, I will establish a co-development group to bring together migrants and mission staff to explore potential improvements to mission procedures that may support better health outcomes

Research Interests:

  • Sociology of Forced Migration
  • Emergency Healthcare Provision
  • Refugee Studies
  • Psychosocial Care
  • Humanitarian Ethics

Disciplines will include: Anthropology; Psychosociology; Healthcare Organisation; Implementation Science; Biomedicine; Community Learning & Engagement and Sociology


Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Funding, Scotland: 2018-2022

National Centre for Competency in Research Travel Grant, Switzerland: August 2017

Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies Scholarship, Greece: January 2017




  • People on the Move in an Evolving Europe: Université de Fribourg: 20th - 25th August 2017


  • Sustainable Futures in Africa Symposium: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria: 12th to the 15th of February, 2018
  • Sustainable Futures in Africa Symposium: University of Botswana: March 27-29 2017
  • Tackling Instability, Radicalisation and Forced Migration: Beurs van Berlage, 16th Nov, 2016
  • Towards Business Solutions for Development: Impact Hub, Amsterdam, 13th Jun, 2016
  • Doing Business in Fragile States: Beurs van Berlage, 11th Nov, 2015



2019: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Glasgow; Scotland 

  • Providing students with guidance and technical support on course materials, study skills and referring them to appropriate support for pastoral care when required
  • Providing guidance to students to support course work 
  • Working as a assistant examiner to assess students’ work 


2016: Cofounder, Open Cultural Centre; Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece

  • Created and implemented English Language syllabus for adult learners in a low resource setting
  • Recruit, train and lead a team of volunteers
  • Supported in the establishment, coordination and development of the organisation


2013 – 2014: English Teacher, Fáilte Isteach; Ireland

  • Organised free conversational English classes for migrants to support integration into the local community
  • Signposted students to local services in the community to support integration


2011 – 2013: Coordinator, SUAS Educational Development; Ireland

  • Provided one-to-one literacy mentoring to children in disadvantaged schools in Ireland
  • Recruited, trained and lead a team of volunteers


2011: English Summer; Spain

  • Created and implemented a English Language syllabus for children (TESOL)
  • Prepared examinations; marked and provided feedback on oral and written work
  • Organised parent teacher meetings
  • undertook administrative tasks, such as keeping student registers and attendance records.

Additional information


MSc. Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

Thesis: A Review of the Linkage Act 1998: how accessible are health services for undocumented migrants in Amsterdam?

BA (Hons) Contemporary Culture and Society, Dublin City University

Dissertation: ‘Intercultural Inclusion?’ Exploring the Irish Traveller Communities’ Perception of ‘An Garda Síochána’ [Irish Police Force]


Certificates Including:

Aug '17: People on the Move in an Evolving Europe (Migration Law); Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

Jan '17: Migration in the Margins of Europe (Anthropology); Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies, Athens.

Aug '15: Research Methodology and Design; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Feb – Mar '13: SUAS Global Issues Course; Dublin City University, Ireland.

09-10: Journalism for the Digital Age; Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Ireland.



Native: English

Intermediate: Dutch, French

Beginner: Arabic, Irish


Training Including:

  • Médecins Sans Frontières: Reporting Gender Based Violence
  • Refugee Trauma Initiative: Mental Health First Aid
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences: Qualitative Fieldwork in Conflict-Affected Settings
  • Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences:Ethics and Field Work in Conflict Zones
  • The British Red Cross: Advanced First Aid
  • The British Red Cross: Boundaries and Confidentiality for Refugee Support
  • The British Red Cross: Domestic Abuse Training
  • The British Red Cross: Safe Talk Training - Suicide Alertness
  • The British Red Cross: Safeguarding for Refugee Support
  • The British Red Cross: The Dublin Family Reunion Process
  • The British Red Cross: The UK Asylum Process
  • The British Red Cross: Working with Interpreters
  • University of Glasgow: Research Ethics
  • University of Glasgow: Research Integrity