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The University of Surrey in South East of England is one of two UK-based partners. The Surrey team contributes to PROTECT in a number of key areas and is led by Professor of Politics and Brexit expert, Simon Usherwood. Joining him are Dr. Alia Middleton, Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos, and Dr. Evgenia Iliadou

The Surrey team is leading the work in Work Package (WP) 5, surveying civil society organizations’ role in the process of international migration, seeking to understand how they shape policy, public narratives, and the practical implementation of the high concepts of the Global Compact on Refugees.

The team is also a lead on the work in WP9, which evolves around the engagement and dissemination activities of the project, such as building links with key stakeholders, and ensuring that PROTECT delivers a range of outputs that meet the needs of our various audiences.

Meet Simon Usherwood

Simon Usherwood is the Principal Investigator of the Surrey team and a deputy member of Protect’s Steering Committee. Usherwood’s background in studying eurosceptic groups across Europe overlaps clearly with the Protect objectives, while his very extensive public engagement activities as the former Deputy Director of the ESRC “UK in a Changing Europe” program has given him much experience in connecting academic work with specialist and non-specialist groups. 

Meet Alia Middleton

Dr. Alia Middleton is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey. She has expertise in political participation, including interest group professionalization and policy engagement in European politics.

Middleton brings wide-ranging knowledge and application of quantitative research techniques – in particular questionnaire design, administration, and analysis – to PROTECT. Dr. Middleton will contribute to the work of Work Package 5, which Professor Usherwood presents in the video below.

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Fieldwork in migratory hotspots

In addition to their extensive contribution to PROTECT survey research, the Surrey team is also involved in the fieldwork of Work Package 4, which maps the ground level actors that are involved in the reception of migrants and asylum seekers in selected entry zones in France, Italy, Spain, and Greece, as well as South Africa and Canada.

The WP4 researchers apply their ethnographic experience and expertise in investigating if and how the compacts on refugees and migration influence ground-level actors’ understanding of ‘vulnerability’, particularly related to gender and legal status, and if and how it changes how they cooperate to meet special needs. The Surrey team will conduct their fieldwork in Greece.

Meet Theofanis Exadaktylos

Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos is a Senior Lecturer in European politics at the University of Surrey. He has been researching the Greek financial crisis and the aftermath of austerity politics on Greece for many years alongside studying the implementation of public policy reforms in the country. 

Exadaktylos is involved in the research of Work Package 4.

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Meet Evgenia Iliadou

Evgenia is a Research fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey. 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 early 2000, she has worked as a social scientist for various International and Non-Governmental Organisations in detention centers 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, the refugee crisis, temporal violence, deterrence, and social suffering.

As part of PROTECT, Iliadou will contribute to the fieldwork of WP4 in Greece.

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