Asexual, apolitical beings: The construction of children's identities in the UK asylum system.
Professor Heaven Crawley, Swansea University
The title reflects a paper published a couple of years ago in Area and will build on similar
themes bringing in age assessment, asylum determination, detention and guardianship.
Heaven Crawley is Professor of International Migration and Director of the Centre for Migration
Policy Research (CMPR) at Swansea University. Heaven has undertaken research on asylum policy
and practice in the UK and Europe since 1994, initially as part of a PhD at the University of
Oxford and subsequently as head of asylum and immigration research at the UK Home Office
and as Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr).
Heaven has written and published extensively on a wide range of asylum and immigration issues
including the causes of forced migration to Europe, gender issues in procedures for Refugee
Status Determination, public attitudes towards asylum and immigration issues and children’s
experiences of immigration controls, including detention, guardianship and the process of age
assessment. She is a founding member of the Refugee Women’s Legal Group which produced the
gender guidelines which were adopted by the UK Home Office in 2004 and author of Refugees
and Gender: Law and Process (2001).
Her recent publications include No Place for a Child: Children in UK Immigration Detention (Save
the Children 2005), When is a Child Not A Child? Asylum, Age Disputes and the Process of Age Assessment (ILPA 2007), Chance or Choice? Understanding Why Asylum Seekers Come to the U
K (Refugee Council 2010), Coping with Destitution: Survival and Livelihood Strategies of Refused
Asylum Seekers Living in the UK (Oxfam 2011) and Race Equality and Racism in Wales: An
Exploratory Study (Race Council Cymru 2012). Heaven has previously served as a specialist
adviser to the both the Home Affairs Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR)
and is currently serving as a specialist adviser to the JCHR for their inquiry into unaccompanied
migrant children. Heaven was recently conferred the title of Academician (AcSS) by the
Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her contribution to the social sciences and to
evidence-based policy making.
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