Dr Hannah Lewis


Hannah Lewis is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and International Officer in the Departments of Sociological Studies. She joined the Department in 2015. Prior to this she was a Critical Human Geography Research Fellow at the University of Leeds 2010-2015, and a Research Assistant and Lecturer at Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Beckett University 2009-2010. She completed her PhD ‘Interrogating community: dispersed refugees in Leeds’ at the University of Hull and was a refugee and migration research consultant for voluntary, statutory, academic and non-profit organisations 2001-2010.

Hannah works closely in partnership with many anti-trafficking, migration and refugee organisations, statutory bodies and practitioner networks. She has recently collaborated with photographer Jeremy Abrahams and three anti-trafficking organisations on the photography collection ‘Unhidden’. She is a trustee of Leeds Refugee Forum and a member of IASFM, BSA and ASA.

Research interests

Her research interests centre on questions of particularly how immigration policy and processes of migration create precarity, unfreedom and insecurities that shape migrants’ everyday lives and experiences of employment, community, leisure and transnational relationships.

She is currently working on three projects – ‘Understanding the roles of faith based organisations in anti-trafficking’ (ESRC), ‘Unsettling migrants’ (La Trobe Collaboration Grant, with Dr Martina Boese), and ‘Permanent temporariness’ (supported by University of Sheffield WARP and VCF research grant). Her recent publications include The Modern Slavery Agenda: Politics, Policy and Practice in the UK (Policy Press, 2019, with Craig, G. Balch, A. and Waite, L.) and  Precarious irregular migrants and their sharing economies: a spectrum of transactional laboring experiences, with Waite, L. 2017 Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107(4).