Taulant Guma
taulant guma

Dr Taulant Guma

Lecturer

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography, REF Lead for UoA20 (Social Work and Social Policy) and former Research Lead for the Social Sciences Subject Group.

I am currently PI on the RSE-funded project “On the Margins” - www.onthemargins.org.uk, a 2-year project (2023-2025) that brings together academics, practitioners and activists involved in collaborative research, participatory methods and knowledge co-production, with a specific focus on marginalised groups and communities. From 2020-2022, I was PI on the ESRC-funded project: “Investigating the use of temporary accommodation to house asylum seekers and refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak.” https://tempacco.wordpress.com/. This was a 14 months collaborative study exploring the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on asylum seekers and refugees living in Glasgow.

My research interests lie in the field of migration studies, a major subfield within Human Geography, and are broadly concerned with understanding different processes of othering and racialisation that affect migrants’ everyday lives.

My publications have covered a wide range of topics including risks and insecurities; race and ethnicity; civil society and participation; place making and belonging; asylum housing and inequality; online networks and transnationalism; Brexit and EU migration. In recent years I have published several articles in top ranking, high quality journals in the field of migration such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Sociology; Geoforum; Population, Space and Place.

My portfolio of research outputs also includes innovative and creative work such as the research documentary “I’m Still Here” (2022), a participatory film that was co-produced with asylum seekers as part of the ESRC-funded project, and a new series of podcast on the art of doing collaborative research.

My work is interdisciplinary and collaborative; since 2020 I have been working closely with MORE (Migrants Organising for Rights and Empowerment), creating and leading four collaborative and impactful projects, thus establishing a strong and lasting partnership with grassroots communities.

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, I held the position of WISERD Post-doctoral Research Associate at Aberystwyth University on two ESRC-funded projects. In 2015, I was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. I completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2015.



SUPERVISION:
I am happy to consider research proposals and supervise students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any of my areas of expertise.


Completed PhD students:

Kyle Schwartz (2018-2024 ) Disaster and everyday life: Dynamics of vulnerability and resilience among Tibetan refugees in the 2015 Nepal earthquake (with Dr Kiril Sharapov (DoS) and Prof Richard Whitecross

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Appointed to the SGSSS Training Network as ENU Representative
  • Written evidence submitted to The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration‘s call for "An inspection of the use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation"
  • Facilitated oral evidence to Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland inspection of asylum housing conditions
  • Organised a meeting with local MPs for evidence gathering on the housing conditions of asylum-seeking women living a repurposed facility called "Mother and Baby" unit
  • Submitted evidence to the British Academy’s call for evidence "Covid and Society: Shaping the Covid Decade"
  • Invited expert at the "Community Sponsorship in Wales - A roundtable with Home Office"
  • Invited to offer academic advice for establishing the "EU Migrants in the UK" network at Kingston University as an expert in EU migration
  • Invited to be on the executive board of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Co-organised the launch of a new Podcast series - "The art of doing collaborative research"
  • Organised and chaired the online workshop "New ethics for new times"
  • Organised and chaired the webinar "Experts know best? Lived experience and the eradication of child poverty in Scotland"
  • Co-organised and introduced a new research network called "On the Margins"
  • Co-organised "Getting Stuck, Moving on 2019" , MMRN Annual Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, 9-10 May 2019
  • Co-organised a one-day multidisciplinary workshop called - Researching Wales 2018 - inviting postgraduate students from various social science disciplines to share their research ideas, experiences and practices within a multi-disciplinary audience, encouraging them to reflect on their research beyond disciplinary boundaries.
  • Co-organiser of the launch of Aberystwyth Research Migration Network
  • Set up and convened the "Civil Society, Participation and Place" reading group at Aberystwyth University
  • Co-organiser of session, ‘Nexus thinking and migration: locality, neoliberalism, and mobility’ at the RGS-IBG Royal Geographical Society 2016

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Peer Reviewer for ESRC grants
  • ESRC IAA Peer Reviewer

 

Invited Speaker

  • Special Guest at a film screening event organised by the Centre for Creative Practice, ENU, 15th February 2023
  • Invited speaker at the "Artwise: Translating research into art" workshop, University of Glasgow,19 June 2023
  • Invited as academic expert to speak on a Brexit panel at Festival of Migration in Edinburgh, 18 June 2023
  • Invited guest speaker by Film Geographies to talk about the research documentary "I'm Still Here" which was selected for the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2022 Film Screening
  • Invited speaker at "Migration to/from/within Central and Eastern Europe: Decolonial perspectives on race, gender, sexuality and class" event
  • Invited academic expert at "Engaging Eastern and Central European migrants in palliative care services and research" workshop, 29 April 2021
  • Invited speaker at the The RAI, WISERD and Learned Society of Wales joint symposium - "Anthropologies of the Welsh: Past and Present" ( Cardiff University, 2019)
  • Invited speaker at "Beyond Stereotypes – Understanding the ‘Roma’" workshop
  • Special Guest at The Multicultural Society Policy Research Institute, Daegu University, South Korea. Talk title: "Transnational care arrangements and practices among post-accession migrants living in Glasgow, UK."
  • Special Guest at The Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies, Hanyang University, South Korea. Talk title: "Exploring potentialities of care: Transnational arrangements and practices amongst Czech- and Slovak-speaking migrants living in Glasgow, UK"
  • Invited guest speaker at the GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network) seminar series. Talk title: 'Who is taking children away? Contextualising risk amongst and prejudices against Czech- and Slovak-speaking Roma living in Glasgow"

 

Media Activity

  • Quoted in the National newspaper as part of article "New film on city's asylum seekers"
  • Interviewed by the New Humanist magazine for the article "Room at the Inn: what is life really like for the thousands of asylum seekers housed in Britain’s hotels?"
  • Media coverage (Glasgow Live)- "Documentary turns the spotlight on asylum seekers’ experiences in Glasgow"
  • Produced a press release for to mark the completion of our research documentary "I'm Still Here"
  • Media coverage (Scottish Housing News) - "New documentary turns spotlight on asylum seeker experiences in Glasgow"
  • Media coverage (Glasgow World) - "New documentary looks at asylum seekers’ experiences in Glasgow"
  • Media coverage of ESRC-funded project in The Guardian - "Home Office hotels for asylum seekers ‘akin to detention centres’"

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of IMISCOE (International Migration Research Network)
  • Member of IMISCOE (International Migration Research Network)

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Launched a new podcast series with grassroots communities on the art of doing collaborative research
  • Launched a new collaboaritve research network "On the Margins" together with grassroots community organisations
  • Organiser of stakeholder event - "Temporary asylum accommodation during Covid-19 in Glasgow"
  • Organised a public screening of research documentary "I'm Still Here" in Aberdeen
  • Organised a public screening of research documentary "I'm Still Here" in Glasgow
  • Organised a public screening of research documentary "I'm Still Here" in Birmingham (July 2022)
  • Organised a public screening of research documentary "I'm Still Here" in Falkirk
  • Organised the commnunity engagment event "How has Welsh civil society responded to the ‘refugee crisis’?", Cardiff, 4 December 2018
  • Organised the coummunity engagment event "EU migrants' diaspora and civil society"
  • Co-organised the GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee and Migration Network) film series, held at CCA Glasgow.

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewing for International Sociology
  • PhD by published work review
  • Reviewing for Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Reviewer for Social Inclusion
  • - Reviewer for Geoforum
  • Reviewer for CEEMR
  • Reviewer for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting scholar, The Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies, Hanyang University, South Korea

 

Date


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"I Am Still Here" – Participatory Production during the Pandemic

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T. (2024, September)
"I Am Still Here" – Participatory Production during the Pandemic. Presented at MECCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) 2024, Manchester, UK
During the covid pandemic colleagues from Sociology and Screen and Performance at Edinburgh Napier University collaborated with activist and community researchers to work with...

Podcast - The art of doing collaborative research

Digital Artefact
Guma, T. Podcast - The art of doing collaborative research. [podcast]

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Guma, T. Podcast - The art of doing collaborative research. [podcast]

“It’s That Kind of Place Here”: Solidarity, place-making and civil society response to the 2015 refugee crisis in different localities in Wales, UK

Conference Proceeding
Guma, T. (in press)
“It’s That Kind of Place Here”: Solidarity, place-making and civil society response to the 2015 refugee crisis in different localities in Wales, UK.

“Are we criminals?” – everyday racialisation in temporary asylum accommodation

Conference Proceeding
Guma, T. (in press)
“Are we criminals?” – everyday racialisation in temporary asylum accommodation.

Asylum temporary accommodation during Covid times: a collaborative project with asylum seekers living in Glasgow

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T. (2023, November)
Asylum temporary accommodation during Covid times: a collaborative project with asylum seekers living in Glasgow. Paper presented at On the Margins Network, Edinburgh, UK

“Are we criminals?” – everyday racialisation in temporary asylum accommodation

Journal Article
Guma, T., Blake, Y., Maclean, G., MacLeod, K., Makutsa, R., & Sharapov, K. (2024)
“Are we criminals?” – everyday racialisation in temporary asylum accommodation. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 47(4), 742-762. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2023.2238052
This paper critically examines the placement of people seeking asylum in temporary accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is based on a 14-month collaborative ethnogra...

Methodological nationalism and ethnic lens in CEE migration research: A critical reflection

Presentation / Conference
Guma, T. (2022, November)
Methodological nationalism and ethnic lens in CEE migration research: A critical reflection. Paper presented at Migration to/from/within Central and Eastern Europe: Decolonial perspectives on race, gender, sexuality and class, Online
This paper offers a critical reflection on methodological approaches within the field of CEE migration. Drawing on ideas from critical migration studies, I discuss the ways in...

Xenophobia, hostility and austerity: European migrants and civil society in Wales

Book Chapter
Drinkwater, S., Guma, T., & Dafydd Jones, R. (2022)
Xenophobia, hostility and austerity: European migrants and civil society in Wales. In P. Chaney, & I. R. Jones (Eds.), Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges. Bristol: Policy Press

Digital threat or opportunity? Local civil society in an age of global inter-connectivity

Book Chapter
Woods, M., Guma, T., & Yarker, S. (2022)
Digital threat or opportunity? Local civil society in an age of global inter-connectivity. In P. Chaney, & I. R. Jones (Eds.), Civil Society in an Age of Uncertainty: Institutions, Governance and Existential Challenges (111-132). Bristol: Policy Press
Abstract not available.

Online screening of 'I'm Still Here'

Presentation / Conference
Macleod, K., & Guma, T. (2022, September)
Online screening of 'I'm Still Here'. Presented at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2022, Online

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