Sarah Walker Sarah Walker

Sarah is an ESRC funded PhD Candidate in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research examines the interaction between migration regimes and separated children to explore the productive nature of borders. Using a refugee reception centre in a northern Italian city as a case study, she focuses on young West African men (aged 14-21) who have made the perilous illegalised journey to Italy. Drawing on fieldwork conducted between May 2017 and December 2018, using a combination of ethnographic observation, focus groups and interviews enhanced by visual methods she focuses in on what happens when these children become legally adult; examining how the idealised concept of ‘childhood’ has a bordering effect.

Sarah has previously worked as a researcher and practitioner in the refugee sector in London, working with the Refugee Council and other organisations; as well as in academia, most recently at COMPAS, University of Oxford.

She is a Trustee of Walthamstow Migrants Action Group (WMAG), based in London, which seeks to support migrants through promoting inclusion and challenging the hostile environment.

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