Dr Sebastien Bachelet

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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I am a social anthropologist with expertise in political anthropology, migration studies and arts-based methods with a geographical interest in Morocco, Western/Central Africa and the Mediterranean region.

I am currently Co-I on the following project: MARAM: Mobilising Access to Rights for Artists in Morocco (AHRC 2019-2020; PI: Laura Jeffery; Co-I: Mariangela Palladino).

From 2016 to 2018, I was the named Research Fellow on ‘Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco’ (2016-2018), an inter-disciplinary research project funded by the ESRC-AHRC (Global Challenges Research Fund) led by Dr Laura Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Mariangela Palladino (University of Keele). In partnership with Morocco-based activists and artists, this project aimed to develop innovative, interdisciplinary, and participatory arts-based methods to facilitate creative engagement, research advocacy about migration and asylum in Morocco.


Project Website: Arts for Advocacy


Prior to this, I was a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh (2011-2016 Irregular sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco: Immobility, illegality, uncertainty and “adventure” in Rabat). My doctoral thesis focused on the lived experiences of “irregular migrants” from Central and Western Africa in Morocco. Through long-term ethnographic work in the field, I engaged with critical debates about immobility, uncertainty and illegality, to examine migrants’ circumscribed agency and participation in political spaces.


2011 – 2016           PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, UK

2010 – 2011           MSc(R) in Social Anthropology (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, UK.

2005 – 2009           MA in Anthropology and Sociology (First Class), University of Glasgow, UK.

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