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Dr Tendayi Bloom

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Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Politics & International Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Politics
  • tendayi.bloom

Professional biography

Tendayi Bloom is a political and legal theorist. She took up her position as a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University in September 2016. Since obtaining her PhD from Queen Mary University of London School of Law in 2012, she has worked as a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Spain, and as a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer at Yale University’s Global Justice Program in the US.

Research interests

Tendayi's work focuses on the relationship between noncitizens and States and she has written on this in a number of capacities. This includes theoretical work on one hand and more empirical work on the other, with the aim always to bring the two together. She is currently working on projects relating to statelessness, to noncitizenship, and to the poltics of noncitizenship.

Her recent published work has focused on the role of the private sector in constructing noncitizenship in the context both of migration decision-making in the Mediterranean Region and of a more theoretical framing of the State-noncitizen relationship. A full and updated list of scholarly publications is available here. Tendayi also writes more popular blog pieces as well as contributing to policy documents and working papers in these areas.


Latest books:

(2018), Noncitizenism: Recognising Noncitizen Capabilities in a World of Citizens, Routledge (see a feature about this book here)

(2017) with Katherine Tonkiss and Phillip Cole (eds), Understanding Statelessness, Routledge


Selected recent blog posts:

(7th March 2018) 'Homeless people could avoid life-saving services, if there's a risk of deportation', the Conversation

(20th February 2018) 'Statelessness and the global compacts: initial thoughts on the zero drafts', Refugee Law Initiative, The Univeristy of London

(15th February 2018) 'Migration Policy and Displacement', Border Criminologies, The University of Oxford

(14th February 2018) in 'Expert Views: Good and Bad News in the Draft Global Migraiotn Compact', Refugees Deeply

(7th February 2018) 'Are the global compacts on refugees and for migration addressing statelessness appropriately?', European Network on Statelessness


Latest scholarly paper:

(2017) 'Citizenship and colonialism', Soundings 67

(2016) 'Cleaning Dirty Hands? Some Thoughts on Private Companies, Migration and CSR in the European Union', Human Rights & International Legal Discourse


Recent policy paper:

(2017) 'The Critical Role of Civil Society in the Development of Global Migration Governance Frameworks', Policy Report prepared for the United Nations University.


Other recent books:

(2016) with Katherine Tonkiss, Theorising Noncitizenship: Concepts, Debates and Challenges, Routledge

(2016) with Belachew Gebrewold, Understanding Migrant Decisions: From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Region, Routledge

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