Meet our new colleagues!

Four new researchers have recently joined the PROTECT Consortium: Pascaline Chappart, Evgenia Iliadou, Nicholas Maple, and Nicolette Busittil. While Chappart, Iliadou and Maple are all contributing to the fieldwork of Work Package 4, Busuttil is involved in the legal research of Work Package 2.

Pascaline Chappart

Pascaline Chappart holds a PhD in sociology. Her research interests include deportation policies and practices, the impacts of externalization of border control and asylum. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at IRD – Urmis (Paris Diderot University) working on the processes of bordering and the reconfiguration of contemporary migrations they produce in Niger and in Mexico. She is currently conducting investigations on European deportation charter flights within the framework of the project « Air Deportation » coordinated by William Walters (Carleton University, Canada).

As part of PROTECT’s WP4, she works in close collaboration with Professor Christine M. Jacobsen on the mapping of the ground level actors that are involved in the reception of migrants and asylum seekers in Marseille (France). This ethnographic fieldwork scrutinizes the multifaceted concept of « vulnerability » through its various understandings and puts into question its effects on the practices of (non)assistance.

Evgenia Iliadou

Evgenia is a Research fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey. She has studied Sociology (BA), Social Anthropology (MA) and Social Policy and Criminology (PhD). Her research is an interdisciplinary self-reflexive ethnography which critically examines the historical development of the 2015 refugee crisis and the continuum of the politics of closed borders and violence in time and space. Her research was carried out on Lesvos and focuses on the human consequences of the EU border regime upon refugees’ lives and the lived experiences of social suffering and border violence. Since the early 2000 she has worked as a social scientist for various International and Non-Governmental Organisations in detention centres and refugee camps on Lesvos and the Greek mainland. Her research interests focus on the continuum of institutional and structural violence, border violence and deaths, refugee crisis, temporal violence, deterrence, and social suffering.

As part of PROTECT, Iliadou will contribute to the fieldwork of WP4 in Greece. Her colleagues from the University of Surrey co-lead WP5.


Nicholas Maple

Nicholas was a PhD student at the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, under the supervision of Dr David Cantor. His PhD investigated reception policies in southern Africa and how they interact with the refugee regime and its core norms (with a particular focus on freedom of movement). During his PhD, he was affiliated with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research in Lusaka, Zambia. He taught on the core module (An Introduction to Refugee and Forced Migration Studies) on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has two years experience working in the field as an advocate for organizations such as Asylum Access, Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR. Finally, he has previously completed consultancy work for the RLI and Chatham House and has had work published by UNHCR.

Maple contributes to Work Package 4 and will be involved in the fieldwork conducted in South Africa by PROTECT partner Wits University.

Nicolette Busuttil

Nicolette Busuttil is a PhD candidate in the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London where she researches States’ obligations arising under EU law towards migrants with disabilities, particularly those with mental healthcare needs. Her doctoral thesis, ‘To Protect, Tolerate or Expel? Protection Obligations Towards Migrants with Mental Healthcare Needs Facing Removal’ explores a disability-sensitive interpretation of the non-refoulement obligation, by drawing on the contribution of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the EU fundamental rights regime. Nicolette is also a Visiting Lecturer in International & European Refugee Law at the University of Westminster, a Senior Teaching Fellow in Law at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and a Research Affiliate of the Refugee Law Initiative. 

Busuttil is involved in PROTECT’s Work Package 2, which studies the legal impacts of the Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees, which is co-led by Elspeth Guild and the Queen Mary University of London.