Ms Natalie Ilsley

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Now in the third year of my AHRC-funded doctoral research at the University of Manchester, my project focuses on narratives of resilience with asylum-seeking and refugee women in Stoke-on-Trent. The project is primarily supervised by Dr Anastasia Valassopoulos and Dr Mariangela Palladino (Keele University). It also draws on the expertise and mentorship of Professor Lisa Dikomitis (Keele University) as a third supervisor.

I obtained my Master's at the University of Edinburgh in International and European Politics. My dissertation compared refugee integration policy in England and Scotland. I have also written for various publications, including The GuardianThe Independent, and Newsweek.

Areas of interest: representations of resilience, the intersection of postcolonial literatures and cultures, migration and diaspora; arts-based research as a form of inquiry; representations of displaced women; representations of contemporary migration.

External positions

Associate Research Consultant, University of Manchester (UOM)

Aug 2020Nov 2020

Co-Director, New Voices in Postcolonialism

1 Sep 20191 Feb 2021

Areas of expertise

  • PR English literature - Resilience, Displacement, Agency, Narratives, Postcolonialsm, Cultural Studies, Ethnography, Arts-Based Research

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Master of Social Science, International and European Politics, University of Edinburgh (2016 - 2018)
  • 2015 - Bachelor of Arts, English and American Literatures, University of Keele (2012 - 2015)

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