I am an interdisciplinary scholar with a specialist research profile in migration, transnationalism and peacebuilding. My fully-funded PhD -supervised by Prof Uma Kothari at the Global Development Institute - examined the role of conflict-generated diasporas in homeland peacebuilding. Following that, I stayed at Manchester to coordinate the University's Migration Lab before taking up a postdoc at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Here, I have worked across two projects: the NWO funded 'Migration and Human Security' with the Prince Claus Chair dr. Ali Bilgic and in the Vital Cities and Citizens: Migration and Diversity programme.
In my research, I am driven to understand the political lives of forced migrants. When people are forced to leave their homelands, their access to rights and their belonging to political community become diffused in a messy global network. I want to understand the social and political transformations brought about when forced migrants become ‘acting citizens’ in the face of their legal liminality and social exclusion. To this end, I bring conceptual frameworks in relational sociology to bear on the politics of migration. My empirical expertise is in out-migration from Sudan and Sudanese political development. This derives from seven years of extensive engagement with Sudanese communities in Europe, as well as fieldwork in Khartoum.
C.A. Wilcock (2020). From hybridity to networked relationality: actors, ideologies and the legacies of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. doi: 10.1080/17502977.2020.1822619
A. Bilgic, D. Gasper & C.A. Wilcock (2020). A necessary complement to human rights: a human security perspective on migration to Europe. (Preprints, ISS working papers. General series, no 660). The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Academic staff unit
Vital Cities and Citizens
Affiliated to the VCC program (www.eur.nl/en/research/erasmus- initiatives/vital- cities-and-citizens).