- Dr Emma Hill
- Research Fellow
- G.3 22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH88LN
- +44 (0)131 650 6891
- Research Interests
- Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees, Postcoloniality, Decolonisation, gender, Somali Diaspora, Race and identity
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- On appointment
I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in Sociology and Cultural Studies and expertise in displaced migration in the Global North, race, migration and decolonisation, and the politics of belonging among Somali-Scots populations. I currently am a Research Fellow on the GLIMER (Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees) Project. I gained my PhD in Cultural Research from Heriot-Watt University, for which my thesis, entitled Somali Voices in Glasgow City: Who Speaks? Who Listens? An Ethnography was awarded the MacFarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to research in 2017. A monograph based on this research is currently under contract with Palgrave MacMillan.
My research interests include interactions of race and displaced migration in (post)colonial spatial economies, the intersection of gender, race and border controls in policy contexts, and decolonising methodologies.
Other research activities
I am currently an Associate Editor for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, a contributor to the Scottish Government’s New Scots evidence group, and a Trustee of the Board for Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.
During my PhD, I was part of the UK research team for the EU-funded RADAR (Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism) Project, led by the University of Perugia. In 2015, I completed an internship with the Strategy Unit for the Scottish Government. I am an associate of the Intercultural Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, and am also an alumna of the Transformations Doctoral Network, a European network of anthropologists and ethnographers based at Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet.
[Under Contract with Palgrave MacMillan] Somali Voices in (Post)Colonial Scotland
- Hill, E.,N. Meer and T. Peace [In Press], ‘The role of asylum in urban gentrification’, Sociological Review.
- Meer, N., Hill, E., Peace, T. and Villegas, L. [In Press] 'Rethinking Refuge in the Time of COVID 19', Ethnic and Racial Studies.
- Meer, N., DiMaio, C., Hill, E., Angeli, A., Oberg, K and Emilsson, H. [In Press] ''Governing displaced migration in Europe: Housing and the role of the “local”', Comparative Migration Studies.
- Hill, E., M. Nic Craith and C. Clopot (2018), ‘At the limits of Cultural Heritage Rights? The Glasgow Bajuni Campaign and the UK Immigration System: A Case Study’, International Journal of Cultural Property. 25:1.
- Hill, E. and Nic Craith, M. (2017) 'Medium and narrative change: the effects of multiple media on the 'Glasgow Girls' story and their real-life campaign', Narrative Culture. 31:1, 87-V.
- Nic Craith, M. and Hill, E. (2015), ‘Relocating the Ethnographic Field: From Being There to Being There', Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24:1, 42-62.
- Hill, E. and N. Meer (2020),‘Ethnic Minorities and Political Citizenship in Scotland’, Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics,ed. M. Keating, OUP.
- Hill, E. (2020),‘Multilingual Citizens, Multicultural Citizenship? Somali people’s experiences of language, race and belonging in contemporary Scotland’, Multilingualism and Politics, ed. K. Strani, Palgrave MacMillan.
- Hill, E.(2016) Welcoming Nations? Hospitality as a Proxy for National Identity: A Consideration of British and Scottish Contexts, Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives, eds. A. Haynes, M.J. Power, A. Dillane and J. Carr. Rowman and Littlefield: Plymouth.
GLIMER Project Outputs
- Meer, N. E. Hill and T. Peace (2020) Gender and Displaced Migration Governance in Scotland. GLIMER Project: Edinburgh.
- Meer, N., E. Hill and T. Peace (2020), Labour Market Access for Displaced Migrants in Scotland. GLIMER Project: Edinburgh.
- Meer, N., E. Hill and T. Peace (2019), English Language Education for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland: Provision and Governance, GLIMER Project: Edinburgh. Available at: http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Scotland_Language.pdf
- Meer, N., E. Hill and T. Peace (2019), Integration governance in Scotland: Accommodation, Regeneration and Exclusion, GLIMER Project: Edinburgh. Available at: http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Scotland-Accommodation.pdf
- Meer, N., E. Hill and T. Peace (2018), The Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees: The UK, Scotland and Glasgow,GLIMER Project: Edinburgh. Available at: http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/WP2-Scotland.pdf
- Meer, N.and E. Hill(2018), ‘Routes to Inclusion? Migration and the New and Old Media’. GLIMER Project: Edinburgh. Available at: http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Working-Paper-1-5.pdf
Policy Briefs and Evidence Submissions
- Qureshi, K., N. Meer, B. Kasstan, S. Hill and E. Hill(2020), Submission of Evidence on the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Ethnic Minorities in Scotland. Submission to Scottish Parliament: https://ghpu.sps.ed.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/14-May-SCOTLAND-COVID19-and-ethnic-minorities-FINAL.pdf
- Meer, N., T. Peace and E. Hill(Publication due mid 2020), ‘Gender and Displaced Migration Governance in Scotland: Findings and Recommendations’. GLIMER Project
- Meer, N., T. Peace and E. Hill(2020), ‘Labour Market Access for Displaced Migrants in Scotland: Key Findings and Recommendations’, GLIMER Project:http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WP5-Policy-Brief-Scotland.pdf
- Meer, N., T. Peace and E. Hill(2019), ‘Improving ESOL Provision for displaced migrants in Scotland: Key Findings and Recommendations’, GLIMER Project.http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Policy-Brief_Scotland.pdf
- Meer, N. T. Peace and E. Hill(2018), ‘Asylum and Refugee Accommodation Governance in Scotland: Key Findings and Recommendations’, GLIMER Project: http://www.glimer.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Scotland-WP3.pdf
- Hill, E. (2020), ‘Notes on Hotel Detention, race and the George Square protests in Glasgow’, GLIMER Blog: http://www.glimer.eu/notes-on-hotel-detention-race-and-the-george-square-protests-in-glasgow/
- Hill, E., T. Peace and N. Meer (2019), ‘Beyond a ‘one-size-fits-all’ labour market policy for Resettled refugees: Notes from Bute. GLIMER Project: http://www.glimer.eu/beyond-a-one-size-fits-all/
- Meer, N., E Hill and T. Peace (2019) ‘Cities, Displaced Migration and Accommodation’ British Sociological Association: https://www.britsoc.co.uk/about/latest-news/2019/march/cites-displaced-migration-and-accommodation/
- Omar, M. and E. Hill (2018) ‘(Re)Writing Somali Histories? Editorial for Black History Month, British Sociological Association:https://www.britsoc.co.uk/about/latest-news/2018/october/new-scots-re-writing-somali-histories-in-scotland/
- Hill, E.(2018) ‘Reclaiming the Local? Asylum accommodation provision in Scotland’, GLIMER Blog: http://www.glimer.eu/reclaiming-the-local/
- Hill, E(2018), ‘Serco evictions and asylum accommodation governance: The consequences of a reserved, neoliberal accommodation model for displaced migrants in Glasgow’. GLIMER Blog:http://www.glimer.eu/serco-evictions-and-asylum-accommodation-governance-the-consequences-of-a-reserved-neoliberal-accommodation-model-for-displaced-migrants-in-glasgow/