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Dr Robin Finlay

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Partnerships Manager and Research Associate, Institute for Economic and Social Inclusion

I am a Social Science Researcher, specialising in human geography and sociology. My research is broadly concerned with lived diversity, socio-cultural inequalities, and place. As a Partnerships Manager and Research Associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Inclusion, I contribute to interdisciplinary research in various areas related to economic and social inclusion.

Before the University of Sunderland, I worked as a Lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University, contributing to research and teaching. Additionally, I worked as a Co-Investigator (Co-I) and research associate (RA) on various grant-funded research projects in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University and LSE Cities, London School of Economics.

I also have policy-oriented research experience as a quantitative research officer in the Migration and Borders Analysis team at the Home Office in London.


My research is broadly concerned with the complexities and intersections of lived diversity, socio-cultural inequalities, and place and has four core strands: 

1) Diaspora and cities.
2) Migration, asylum seekers, and refugees. 
3) Urban multiculture, racism, and Islamophobia.
4) Youth marginality and precarity. 

Current and recent research projects include an examination of the impacts of Covid-19 and lockdown on asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, which was supported by a UKRI Covid-19 grant (Co-I), an interdisciplinary project Refugee Youth and Public Space, supported by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), and a project examining Muslim youth and political participation in Scotland. 

A list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Last updated 30 May 2024