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Umut Erel

is Prinicpal Investigator on this project, she is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. She has widely published on migration, gender, racism and their articulations in citizenship as well as participatory creative research methods. She was the principal investigator in AHRC funded research project ‘Migrant mothers caring for the future’ where a network of academics, artists, migrant families and  practitioners came together to participate through discussions and participatory arts workshops and performances on migrant families, citizenship and social interventions.

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Erene Kaptani

is the Research Fellow on this project. She is an anthropologist, participatory theatre artist and dramatherapist with expertise in applied theatre/arts for social research, community building and public impact. She is a member of Playback South Theatre Company and devises performances at Studio Upstairs arts community. She produced and performed in Suspended Lives, a play with refugee groups at Tara Arts and Rich Mix. She devises performances and arts events to question constructions of identities, institutional and public communications.

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Maggie O'Neill

is Co-investigator on this project. When starting the PASAR project, Maggie was chair in Sociology/ Criminology at the University of York where she co -chaired the migration network, crime network and was a member of the Centre for Women's Studies. Maggie has a long history of working with artists and communities to conduct participatory action research and participatory arts research and is a co-investigator on the PASAR research project. She has published in three substantive areas, asylum and migration; sex work and innovative methodologies. Since 2018 she is Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Head of Department at University College Cork, Ireland where she is co-director of the centre for Society, Economy and Culture. 

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Tracey Reynolds 

is Co-Investigator in this project. She is a Research Professor and Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Greenwich. She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities, and the study of families in the Caribbean and North America. Research awards include Economic Social Research Council on Caribbean youths and transnational identities (with Elisabetta Zontini). She is Guest editor of ‘Transnational and diasporic youth identities', Identities' (with Elisabetta Zontini) (2015).