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Dr Ingi Iusmen BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Governance and Policy, Departmental Admissions Officer

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Dr Ingi Iusmen is Associate Professor in Governance and Policy within Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Dr Ingi Iusmen was a Fulbright-Schuman scholar between 2019-2020: she was based at the FXB Centre for Health and Human Rights (Harvard University) where she conducted research on unaccompanied migrant children in the US having Professor Jacqueline Bhabha as her mentor.


Many countries, including the USA, treat child migrants as migrants rather than as children. In practice this means that their rights as children, which are enshrined at the international level in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, are not upheld in immigration and asylum processes, which explains the suffering and the trauma experienced by these children in some of the most advanced democracies.

I am an Associate Professor in Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton (PAIR). My research tackles key questions about European public policy, protection of children’s rights, human rights and minority protection, unaccompanied migrant children, child refugees and migration more generally.

I specialise in three areas: (1) public policy, (2) human rights protection, including minority protection and (3) children’s rights and refugee studies. In public policy, I examined how the EU shapes the national structures and policies of its Member States, particularly with respect to human rights protection and aspects regarding democratization and rule of law. In the field of human rights and minority protection, I researched the protection of the Roma at the EU and national level, by focusing in particular on the issue of anti-Gypsyism. I also researched, with Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta (School of Law) the experiences of discrimination and vulnerability of EU nationals (e.g. Polish community) in the UK post-Brexit. With respect to the protection of children’s rights, I worked on various projects exploring how European bodies, like the EU, or states, like the UK, advance children’s rights principles in various sectors, such as migration, as part of child protection or refugee protection. More recently, between 2019-2020 I researched (as part of my stay at Harvard University as a Fulbright-Schuman visiting scholar) how the rights of unaccompanied migrant children are upheld in immigration/asylum processes in the US, particularly in light of the changes adopted by the Trump administration.

In all my research projects I have collaborated closely with research users (civil society groups, NGO networks, policy-makers etc.) based in the UK, USA and in Europe more generally, by providing them with expert advice and by contributing to knowledge exchange activities.

My research interests include areas such as European public policy, children’s rights, human rights protection, European/EU politics, democratisation in Europe, child migration and refugee studies.

My research interests have been brought together under several major research projects along with my doctoral research. My research has been funded by the ESRC, European Commission, University of Southampton ad most recently by the Fulbright Commission and the EU. For my research projects I collaborated with world leading experts, such as Professor Helen Stalford (University of Liverpool) and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha (Harvard University) to name just a few.

Research projects

Dr Iusmen is currently Co-I on a new, interdisciplinary, impact-driven collaborative (Liverpool University, UCL, Southampton University) research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation's rapid response to Covid-19. The project has a total project value of approximately £354,000 and is titled Lives on Hold, Our Stories Told (LOHST): Exploring The Legal and Social Impacts of Covid-19 on Young Unaccompanied Asylum-Seekers in England (2020-22). Thanks to ESRC funding, this interdisciplinary research will be able to provide the first detailed study of the effects of the legal and welfare effects of Covid-19 on unaccompanied asylum seekers aged 16 – 25. As well as evidencing how their legal, welfare and civil society representatives are responding to delays in front line services, it will suggest concrete legal, policy and practice proposals to ensure their rights and welfare are restored and upheld. In addition to exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the delays in the asylum process, importantly the study will give voice to young unaccompanied asylum seekers, with a focus on Albanian young people as a particularly marginalised group. It will reveal the extent to which Covid-19 compounds young unaccompanied asylum seekers' exposure to risks such as criminal and sexual exploitation and poor mental health.

The interdisciplinary project team includes Professor Helen Stalford (PI, Liverpool, LAW) Dr Elaine Chase (Co-I, UCL, EDUCATION) Dr Jana Kreppner (Co-I, Southampton, PSYCHOLOGY) and Dr Ingi Iusmen (Co-I, Southampton, POLITICS). The project team works with a group of unaccompanied young asylum seekers as co-researchers, accessed through and supported by the Albanian-support charity, Shpresa Programme. The rapid response, multi-informant study will collect data from legal practitioners, social workers, services and refugee charities/NGOs and young unaccompanied asylum seekers themselves, and will run for eighteen months, until July 2022.

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  • PAIR 2021/3030 The Politics and Governance of the EU
  • PAIR 2049/3062 Children and Human Rights
  • PAIR 2010 The Struggle for Democracy
Dr Ingi Iusmen
Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences, University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 58/3063

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