Dr Natasha Saunders

I am a Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. My work sits at the intersection of global politics and political theory, focusing on contemporary social and political thought as a framework for analysing pressing global issues. I have a particular interest in issue of forced migration, human rights, and citizenship. I am currently working in two connected issue areas:

Border politics: examining contemporary border practices and the ways in which these manifest certain understandings of community, citizenship and rights.

Civil disobedience, protest and immigration control: activism in relation to immigration controls, with a particular focus on the conceptions of citizenship and responsibility manifested in such action.

In pursuing this work, I try to move beyond the traditional state-centric focus of normative political theory/theorising on questions of justice, responsibility, and rights protection, seeking actively to integrate the voices and experiences of marginalised groups into theorising.


Tamara Al-Om

I am currently working as Research Assistant on this project – ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeker Activism in Scotland: 1999-Present’. At the same time I am in the process of finalising my doctoral research which focuses on Syria’s intelligentsia and civil society, in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

My research interests lie in the areas of non-violent movements, civil society, women, liberation and resistance, particularly pertaining to that occurring within exiled and displaced communities.

Some of my publications include The Coalescence of the Displaced: Syrian Civil Society Beyond Borders (2018); The Emergence of the Political Voice of Syria’s Civil Society (2017); Civil Society in Arab Thought i (2016); Syria’s Women and the Fight to Live in Truth (2015); Don’t Ignore Syria’s Non-Violent Movements, (7th June 2014).