The team

Peter Hopkins is the principal investigator on this project. He is currently a Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University where he teaches youth, social and urban geographies and co-supervises a large group of PhD students. His main research interests focus upon young people's geographies; religion, faith and spirituality and the intersections between masculinities and ethnicities.

Kate Botterill is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Edinburgh Napier University. She was the Postdoctoral Research Associate on this project from March 2013 until July 2015. She has over 10 years experience in qualitative social and economic research for local, UK and European bodies on diverse topics such as employment and social mobility. Since 2008, her work has focused on issues of migration, identity and the lifecourse, and in 2011 she completed her doctoral studies in human geography at Newcastle University. Her thesis, entitled  ‘Polish Mobilities and the Re-making of Self, Family and Community’, explored the motivations, experiences and aspirations of young Polish migrants living in Edinburgh, Krakow and Katowice.

Gurchathen Singh Sanghera is a co-investigator on this project. He joined the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews in 2007 after spending a period as a researcher at the University of Bristol in the Department of Politics. His current research interests include the politics of race/ethnicity; education, exclusion and social capital; critical approaches to human rights; and UN peace support operations in Liberia and Haiti.

Rowena Arshad is a co-investigator on this project. She is the Head of Moray House School of Education ‌and co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES). Rowena's main research interests focus upon equity and anti-discrimination issues and how these issues are taken forward in education (school, community education and tertiary) and within educational policy.

Jo Law is the Administrator to this project. She is currently the CERES Administrator and was previously based in the ESRC Genomics Forum where she was employed as an Administrator for seven years. Prior to that she worked in various departments within the University of Edinburgh including Psychology and Estates and Buildings. She has a wide experience of organising conferences and high level events, managing research grants, and providing administrative support for various research activities.