New Project: Doctors within Borders


Published by Harriet Phipps

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Summary: Contemporary healthcare systems assume that the people for whom they provide care belong to populations that are largely settled. Yet, we know that people are moving, with migration and health a challenging issue in contemporary society. How do health systems deliver care to those who lack legal settled status or a permanent address? This project establishes a research network, bringing together experts in health and migration, non-governmental organisations, the NHS and health professionals across Europe who deliver care to such groups. Members of the network explore the often dynamic and novel ways health professionals have engaged with the mobility of their patients, frequently working outside the regular health system.

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Dr. Karolina Follis, Senior Lecturer in Politics, PPR (Politics, Philosophy and Religion), Lancaster University. Dr. Follis is a political anthropologist working in the interdisciplinary field of critical border studies. Her work has focused on the contradictions that emerge between citizenship, border regimes and human rights. Her present interest in health and migration/mobility is a continuation of this research trajectory.

Dr. Luca Follis, Lecturer in Criminology, Law School, Lancaster University. Dr. Follis is a political sociologist who has conducted research on mobilities within the criminal justice landscape and other state infrastructures. He has particular interests in the intersection of healthcare provision and entitlements with social deprivation and legal exclusion.

Dr. Nicola Burns, Lecturer in Disability Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. Dr. Burns is an interdisciplinary researcher who has conducted research around migration and health. She has particular interests in the area of disability and migration, viewing disability as a human rights issue. Burns is a member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and will host the Glasgow workshop.

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