School of Law

Katharine Theresa Weatherhead

Research Topic: Immigration law

Postgraduate research student


Thesis title

Unravelling Mediterranean migration: legal and political knowledge creation and diffusion among asylum seekers, refugees and migrants (working title)


Professor Elspeth Guild (QMUL Law), Professor Jef Huysmans (QMUL Politics and International Relations), Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries (KCL War Studies)

Research abstract

The research will look at migration transit points in Europe, such as the so-called Jungle in Calais, the Hot Spots in Italy and Greece and other informal places, as sites of legal and political knowledge production. It is focused on how asylum seekers, refugees and migrants acquire, share and diffuse such knowledge and the role and participation of state authorities and civil society in this process. This project is interdisciplinary between Law and Politics and will examine the discrepancies between formal legal provision and politics on the ground (working abstract).