My background is in critical development studies and my research so far has taken a politico-sociological approach to the nexus of migration and political participation. My PhD research examined the roles of diaspora in post-conflict peacebuilding and focused on a case study of UK-based Sudanese activists. In my role at ISS I am continuing my work on political belonging in the context of forced migration. In one project, which sits with the Vital Cities and Citizens project at EUR, I am looking at immigrant advocacy in home and hoststates. Alongside this, I am assisting the Prince Claus Chair Ali Bilgic in his work on human security and migration. I am interested in what forms of political belonging emerge when migrants engage in claim-making in both their home and host states and I am particularly interested in exploring these questions in the context of mgiration within the Horn of Afica and the Great Lakes.
(2018) Wilcock, C. ‘Mobilising towards and imagining homelands: diaspora formation among UK Sudanese’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44(3): 363-381