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About Dr Joe Rigby

I was awarded a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in October 2014. Entitled The Excess of Migration my thesis sought to critically analyse the politics of immigration in contemporary Britain, drawing out the connections between the social construction of a ‘problem of immigration’ and wider processes of social and ideological change associated with neoliberal globalization. My supervisors were John Urry and Bülent Diken.

My PhD research involved activist research methods, working with the ‘no border’ network both in Britain and the French port of Calais. I co-authored an article with Raphael Schlembach on the politics of border control in Calais, published in Citizenship Studies in 2013.

Since completing my PhD research I have used my teaching role at the University of Chester to further develop my thinking in this area, particularly in relation to questions of whiteness, Eurocentricism and colonialism/post-colonialism.

Teaching

I am the module leader for the first year module Welfare Politics, and International Political Sociology and the second year module Race and the Modern World

Research

I was awarded a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University in October 2014. Entitled The Excess of Migration my thesis sought to critically analyse the politics of immigration in contemporary Britain, drawing out the connections between the social construction of a ‘problem of immigration’ and wider processes of social and ideological change associated with neoliberal globalization. My supervisors were John Urry and Bülent Diken.

My PhD research involved activist research methods, working with the ‘no border’ network both in Britain and the French port of Calais. I co-authored an article with Raphael Schlembach on the politics of border control in Calais, published in Citizenship Studies in 2013.

Since completing my PhD research I have used my teaching role at the University of Chester to further develop my thinking in this area, particularly in relation to questions of whiteness, Eurocentricism and colonialism/post-colonialism.

Published Work

Rigby, J. & Schlembach, R. 2013. Impossible Protest: Noborders in Calais. Citizenship Studies, 17, 157-172.

Rigby, J. & Schlembach, R. 2014. Impossible Protest: Noborders in Calais, in Tyler, I and Marciniak, K (Eds.) Protesting Citizenship: Migrant Activisms. Abingdon: Routledge

Rigby, J. 2017 ‘Border Control,’ and ‘Globalization,’ entries in Morley, S., Turner, J., Corteen, K., & Taylor, P. (Eds) A companion to state power, liberties and rights. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press

 

Qualifications

2005 - BA (Hons)  Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford

2007 - MA Sociological Research, Lancaster University

2014 - PhD, Lancaster University