Dr Ala Sirriyeh

Title: Lecturer in Sociology
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733837
Email: a.sirriyeh@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC0.005
Role:
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I was formerly a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford (2011-2009) and a Research Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York (2009-2011).  I gained by PhD from the University of Leeds in 2010, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice from Bradford in 2013.



My research is centred in the field of migration and refugee studies, particularly with reference to young people, gender, identities and personal relationships. I also have an interest in migration, ethnicity and class in relation to social interactions and relationships in urban spaces and urban regeneration. My PhD research explored young refugee women’s narratives of home in the context of their migration to the UK and transitions to adulthood. These findings are explored in my book Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home: Youth, Gender, Asylum (2013). In 2012 I co-authored a book Fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young people which was based on a study I worked on as a Research Fellow at the University of York between 2009 and 2011. I have recently completed a study on social inclusivity in an urban park in Bradford (The Great Meeting Place: A Study of Bradford’s City Park) with colleagues from the University of Bradford (Dr Anna Barker) and University of York (Dr Nathan Manning).

I am currently working with Dr Emma Head on using Twitter in sociology teaching and learning. This is funded by a Teaching Innovation Grant.

I am keen to supervise PhD students working on migration, ethnicity, young people or any other topics related to my research interests.

 

Selected Publications

  • Sirriyeh A. 2013. Hosting strangers: hospitality and family practices in fostering unaccompanied refugee young people. Child and Family Social Work, vol. 18(1), 5-14. doi>
  • Sirriyeh A. 2013. Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home: Youth, Gender, Asylum. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..
  • Goodman S, Sirriyeh A, McMahon S. 2017. The evolving (re)categorisations of refugees throughout the ‘Refugee/Migrant crisis’. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. doi>
  • Karban K and Sirriyeh A. 2015. LGBT asylum seekers and health inequalities. In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives. Fish J and Karban K (Eds.). Policy Press.
  • Sirriyeh A. 2015. ‘All you need is love and £18,600’: Class and the new UK family migration rules. Critical Social Policy. doi>

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Books

  • Sirriyeh A. 2013. Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home: Youth, Gender, Asylum. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd..
  • Wade J, Sirriyeh A, Kohli R, Simmonds J. 2012. Fostering Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum Seeking Young People: Creating family life across a ‘world of difference’. London: BAAF.

Journal Articles

  • Goodman S, Sirriyeh A, McMahon S. 2017. The evolving (re)categorisations of refugees throughout the ‘Refugee/Migrant crisis’. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. doi>
  • Sirriyeh A. 2015. ‘All you need is love and £18,600’: Class and the new UK family migration rules. Critical Social Policy. doi>
  • Ní Raghallaigh M and Sirriyeh A. 2014. The negotiation of culture in foster care placements for separated refugee and asylum seeking young people in Ireland and England. Childhood: a global journal of child research, vol. doi: 10.1177/0907568213519137. doi>
  • Law I, Simms J, Sirriyeh A. 2013. Challenging racist violence and racist hostility in ‘post-racial’ times: research and action in Leeds, UK, 2006-2012. Social Inclusion, vol. 1(1), 13-20. doi>
  • Sirriyeh A. 2013. Hosting strangers: hospitality and family practices in fostering unaccompanied refugee young people. Child and Family Social Work, vol. 18(1), 5-14. doi>
  • Sirriyeh A. 2010. Home Journeys: im/mobilities in young refugee and asylum seeking women’s negotiations of home. Childhood: a global journal of child research, vol. 17(2), 197-211. doi>
  • Sirriyeh A. 2008. Young asylum seekers’ conceptions of ‘home’ at a time of transition to adulthood. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 4(1), 12-27. doi>

Chapters

  • Karban K and Sirriyeh A. 2015. LGBT asylum seekers and health inequalities. In Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives. Fish J and Karban K (Eds.). Policy Press.
  • Sirriyeh A. 2014. Sanctuary or sanctions: children, social worth and social control in the UK asylum process. In Social Policies and Social Control: New Perspectives on the 'Not-So-Big Society'. Harrison M and Sanders T (Eds.). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Sirriyeh A. 2013. Burying asylum under the foundations of home. In The State of Race. Kapoor N, Kalra V, Rhodes J (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sirriyeh A and Wade J. 2013. Education pathways for lone asylum-seeking and refugee young people. In Pathways through education for young people in care: ideas from research and practice. Jackson S (Ed.). (17 vols.). London: BAAF.

Other

  • Sirriyeh A, Barker A, Manning N. 2014. The Great Meeting Place: A Study of Bradford's City Park.
  • Wade J, Sirriyeh A, Kohli R, Simmonds J. 2012. Fostering Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children in the UK.
  • Hemmerman L, Law I, Simms J, Sirriyeh A. 2007. Situating Racist Hostility and Understanding the Impact of Racist Victimisation in Leeds.
  • SOC-10009 Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World
  • SOC-10014 Classical Sociology
  • SOC 20046 Research Methods
  • SOC 20051 ‘Race’, Racism and Resistance
  • SOC 30042 Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity
  • GRT 40021 Qualitative Research Methods