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    Niroshan has been a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Edge Hill University since January 2024. Prior to this he worked as a Lecturer in Criminology and Lecturer in Human Geography at Edge Hill University, where he was previously an Associate Tutor (2020/2021) and a Graduate Teaching Assistant (2017/2020) within the Department of Social Sciences.  

    Formerly, he was a consultant for the ‘New Dawn’ project implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Sri Lanka to assist return migration of Indian returnees (Sri Lankan refugees in India). He also supported an assisted voluntary return and reintegration project implemented by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) – UN Migration Agency, Sri Lanka, in the capacity of Project Coordinator. He was also a Programme Support Officer for ZOA International in Sri Lanka assisting internally displaced Tamil people in the war torn North and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

    Research interests

    His research is primarily focused on social protection for asylum seekers and refugees in host countries. He has expertise in conducting qualitative, multiple-methods research (semi-structured interviews, participant observation and focus groups) and he has a comprehensive understanding of issues related to forced migration and practices in the UK. His doctoral thesis, ‘The Self and The System: Social Protection Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Glasgow’, makes a significant contribution to knowledge about perceptions of asylum seekers and refugees and their agency in a system that vulnerablises them. This multiple methods research project produced unique findings about how asylum seekers and refugees access and use support and negotiate the often-hostile system. While findings have implications for informing policy and practice, this research has contributed to migration and social protection literature by applying the concept of social protection and illustrates the significance and interconnectedness of various forms of social protection.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sociology, PhD, The Self and The System: Social Protection Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Glasgow, Edge Hill University

    Sept 2017Sept 2020

    Award Date: 7 Apr 2021

    Social Work, MA, University of Lincoln

    14 Sept 20148 Jul 2016

    Award Date: 8 Jul 2016

    Social Work, BA, National Institute of Social Development

    7 Jul 200830 Jul 2012

    Award Date: 7 Dec 2012


    • H Social Sciences
    • Social protection
    • Asylum seekers and refugees
    • Integration
    • Inclusion


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