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Miss Alisha Mathers BA, MA

PhD Research Student

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Alisha is a SWW DTP AHRC-funded PhD research student in English at the University of Southampton.

I began my academic studies at Keele University completing both a BA in English with first class honours (2018) and an MA in English Literatures with distinction (2019). During my studies, I established research interest in the roles of fictional and ethnographic narratives in the context of refugees and migration with specific focus on homemaking practices and spatial politics. In 2019, I continued to explore this area of study as a Presidential scholarship-funded student at the University of Southampton. As of October 2020, my research is funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP) as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

My research examines representations of refugee homemaking practices in the UK in contemporary fictional and ethnographic narratives, with specific focus on the (im)possibilities of creating sanctuary and a sense of home/belonging.


BA in English (first class honours) from Keele University.

MA in English Literatures (distinction) from Keele University.

Research interests

My research interests include: refugee and migration studies; re-presentation; spatiality/spatial politics; geocriticism; postcolonialism; postcolonial fiction, poetry and film; ethnography; arts and literature for social research; and contemporary Britain.

PhD research

Emplacing the Displaced: Narratives of Refugee Homemaking Processes in the UK.

Dr. Stephanie Jones, Dr. Florian Stadtler (Exeter), and Prof. Marion Demossier.

Funded by South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

I am a member of the research group ‘Debating Ethnography’ which is based at the University of Southampton. I also run the blog for the ‘Figures in the Landscape’ SWW DTP research cluster.

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