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Vikki Barry Brown


PhD student

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


PhD working title: Being English in Ireland – English migration to Ireland, 1960 to the present

I am Vikki Barry Brown, my PhD research focuses on English people have migrated to Ireland, a significant but under-researched group with a complex and entangled historical relationship to Ireland and the Irish population. Now in my third year of study, through in-depth qualitative interviewing I have been finding out how English people in Ireland experience identity, belonging and home. More information about my research is available here.

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 UK-born people acquiring Irish passports following the Brexit referendum.

I currently hold the post of digital officer with the British Association for Irish Studies and am a co-convener of the QMUL Migration Film Series. If you would like to read more about my experience and interests, please visit my website.

I am part of the QMUL Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Mobile People cohort an interdisciplinary programme concerned with the transformative effects of mobile people on the social and political institutions they inhabit and construct.

Research Interests: Belonging, identity, Englishness, Irishness; postcolonial studies; decolonial studies; land; home; qualitative research methods.

Academic background

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


  • 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)
  • British Association for Irish Studies Postgraduate Bursary Award
  • Queen Mary University of London Postgraduate Research Fund
  • Scottish International Education Trust grant


  • Member of the British Association for Irish Studies
  • Royal Geographic Society - Postgraduate Fellow
  • Geographical Society of Ireland


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