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Research interests

Leah's research interests include the political sociology of migration, intersectionality and citizenship. She has explored these topics in England, Scotland, France and Canada.


Leah completed her DPhil From Refugee Woman to Citizen: The Politics of Integration in France and Canada at Nuffield College/Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, Canada, in Political Science. Leah is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Leah joined the Department of Social Sciences in 2018.  She came from the University of Leicester where she was recruited as New Blood Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leicester (2011-18). 

Leah previously worked as Lecturer in Sociology at City University London (2008-11).  She held Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at the Refugee Studies Centre/Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford funded by the ESRC and with the Group for the Study of Ethnicity, Racism, Migration and Exclusion at the Institute of Sociology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Before pursuing an academic career, Leah was an emergency outreach worker in Paris, where she provided humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and created a circus camp project for refugee youth.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Deserving citizenship? Exploring migrants' experiences of the ‘citizenship test’ process in the United Kingdom

Monforte, P., Bassel, L. & Khan, K., 1 Jan 2019, In : BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY. 70, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Austerity and the Politics of Becoming

Emejulu, A. & Bassel, L., 23 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Common Market Studies. 56, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Caring subjects: migrant women and the third sector in England and Scotland

Bassel, L. & Emejulu, A., 2018, In : ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES. 41, p. 36-54

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
74 Downloads (Pure)

Making political citizens? Migrants’ narratives of naturalization in the United Kingdom

Bassel, L., Monforte, P. & Khan, K., 2018, In : Citizenship Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain

Bassel, L. & Emejulu, A., 12 Jul 2017, Policy Press. 168 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Participation in conference

The Politics of Listening Symposium

Leah Bassel (Keynote/plenary speaker)
28 Nov 201830 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference