Simon Parker is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of York (UK) and lead investigator for the UK Economic and Social Research funded project: ‘Precarious Trajectories: Understanding the Human Cost of the Migrant Crisis in the Central Mediterranean’. In addition to the politics of asylum and migration his other research interests include urban studies and urban theory, socio-spatial informatics, and comparative European politics (with particular reference to Italy). Simon is a co-founder of Refugee Action York and the UK-based campaign group End Child Detention Now.
Published in: openDemocracyUKPandering to the bigots? An exchange on Ed Miliband, immigration and the nation-state
Is Labour justified in speaking to the British people's fears on immigration, or are they legitimising the far...
Child detention goes on and on in the UK
Most children detained in the new “I can’t believe it’s not detention” facilities are held for more than 72 hours.
Hard-hitting play on asylum system is a favourite of the Edinburgh Fringe
Simon Parker, Coordinator End Child Detention Now, reports from Edinburgh on Catherine O’Shea’s chilling take on the...
The UK continues to detain children, a year after the Coalition's pledge to end it
A year ago, the Coalition pledged to end the practice of child detention in the UK. Yet the real agenda of the UK...
An end to child detention?: how a High Court judgement brings us closer
In a landmark judgment on child detention at Yarl’s Wood, Judge Wyn Williams found that the UK Border Agency failed...
On Her Majesty’s Deceitful Service: The Woolas Case and the Ignoble Lies of the British State
The legal declaration that Phil Woolas knowingly lied and his election was void has reignited a debate on politics...