Dr Gareth Mulvey
- Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
I have worked as a researcher in Universities and the voluntary sector for over 15-years. During that time I completed a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde where I looked at how immigration policy was made under the premiership of Tony Blair. Subsequently I have mostly worked around issues of migration, migration policy and the impact of policy on diverse migrant communities. I am interested in both how policy is made but also how it is received as well as the various ways people resist state policy and practice.
My other interests concern the nature of the state, what it does and why. I am concerned with how policy is put to work by the state, for exzample in immigartion and in social policy and about the relationship between central and devolved Government in the UK and how this impacts on social policy. I have a developing interest in the way social policy (much of it devolved) in some cases clashes with reserved policy. This links back to the question of policy and how it is made at different levels of government.
At the moment my main research looks at how diverse migrant communities settle and experience their lives and how the state often acts as a barrier to that settlement.
i am also interested in the state more broadly, how and why the state behaves as it does.
I have published work on Syrian settlement experiences in the UK, solidarity movements, securitisation, the relationship between neoliberalism and migration policy in the UK; the prospects for a more open sense of identity in Scotland and the relationship between reserved immigration policy and devolved immigrant policy in Scotland.
I have supervised a number of students in the past and am currently undertaking PhD supervision on two important projects, one an analysis of state racism in Scotland and resistance to it, and one comparative study of the role of immigration advisors in confronting state practice.
- Akhtar, Smina
Experiences of and Resistance to State Racism in Scotland
- SOCIO1010 Sociology 1B Migration & Society
- SOCIO4107 Contemporary Migration in a Global persepctive (Sem 1)
- SOCIO4108 Migration, multiculturalism and Belonging (Sem 2)
- The State, Institutions and Policy: A Political Sociology Approach
- Masters Global Migrations and Social Justice
- SOCIO5088 A Public Social Science for Social Justice (Sem 2)