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School of Geography

Victoria Barry Brown


PhD student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2744
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research Interests: Belonging, identity, Englishness, Irishness; postcolonial studies; decolonial studies; ethnographic and visual research methods.

PhD working title: Visibility and belonging – English migration to Ireland, 1950 to the present
My project focuses on English people have migrated to Ireland, a significant but under-researched group with a complex and entangled historical relationship to the Irish. This qualitative study will consider how English migrants to Ireland experience belonging; investigating the specific time period of 1950 to the present day allowing for the involvement of participants with a living memory of their own experiences of being English in Ireland.

My background is in the charity and public sectors, where I combined research, campaigning, lobbying and media work, most recently as senior policy and campaigns officer for the national charity Epilepsy Action. In 2017, I returned to academia, undertaking an MA in Social Research at the University of Leeds where I completed my dissertation on the topic of British-born people acquiring Irish passports following the Brexit referendum.

Academic background

  • Bachelor of Science and Economics (joint honours) Sociology and Social Policy, University of Wales, Swansea - 2005
  • MA Social Research, University of Leeds - 2018


  • Professor Catherine Nash, School of Geography, QMUL
  • Dr Tim Brown, School of Geography, QMUL


  • Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship (QMUL-LTDS)


  • Member of the British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS)