Donna joined the School of Area Studies, Politics and International Relations, History and Literature in September 2019. She holds a PhD from UCL’s Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy. As well as teaching at UCL, she has also taught at the University of East London (UEL) in the Department of International Development and the Department of Sociology, as well as Royal Holloway’s Department of Politics and IR. Prior to academia, Donna worked in the INGO sector.
Donna’s interdisciplinary research interests include im/migration and citizenship, policymaking surrounding international development, representations in new and traditional media, new media and datafication, and digital pedagogy. These interests are driven by a curiosity in how power, control and violence operate in insidious ways and become embodied by policymakers, NGOs, civil society and publics transnationally, often entirely unintentionally.
Donna’s doctoral research examined the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) policy of building public support for development using a poststructuralist discourse analysis.
Currently, Donna is pursuing three research avenues:
i) Investigating how NGOs, civil society, networked publics and government narrate the UK government’s EU Settled Status Scheme (ESSS) on Twitter. This work contributes to Portsmouth University’s Transnational Civil Society (TCS) research project.
ii) Examining the ways in which digital technologies shape migrants’ politicalparticipation in the UK. This work contributes to Portsmouth University’s Citizenship, Race and Belonging (CRaB) research project.
iii) Interrogating the UK Home Office’s immigration policy in two separate projects.The first, analysing how accountability is represented in government discourse and the corresponding effects on how we conceive detained individuals. The second, mapping out media representations of administrative detention in the UK press.
International Development Studies
Sociology and Cultural Studies
In TB1 - Co-teaching:
Analysing Politics: Britain and Beyond (UG)
Challenges to EU Politics (PG)
In TB2 - Module coordinator for:
Bending the Truth A Little (research methods UG)
Researching International Relations (research methods PG).