Project Proposer/s: Dr Marianne L. Wade
Two tragic contexts in recent British history have highlighted the law’s apparent failure to protect and serve citizens in line with the broader public’s expectation.
The Windrush scandal saw citizens effectively stripped of this status when the pursuit of specific goals took precedence over their interests in the mind of Government. This ability to deny them social benefits and indeed to deport them must cause one to question the meaning of law.
The victims of the Grenfell tower fire were less clearly disavowed of citizenship or residency rights. However, the ability of a (quasi-) public body not only to ignore their attempts to register the concerns for their safety and indeed to seek to harness the legal system to silence them raise deep concerns about the meaning and function of rights. Consequently one must question the meaning of every individual’s position as a rights holder.
What the researcher will do
The aim of this project is to document the experiences of the individuals suffering in these scenarios and to analyse each of their status in relationship to the holders of power deciding their fate.
- Desk research, in particular, media analysis to document relevant factors
- Factual treatment will then be mapped against legal norms and expectations to identify the lacuna in protections of citizens.
Skills required by the Scholarship holder
Basic grasp of or interest in human rights and immigration matters is necessary. This is, however, not limited by any specific disciplinary expertise.
How will your Project benefit the Scholarship holder?
It will provide an introduction to robust research skills useful to students across disciplines. Gaining experience in adopting different lenses to analyse current affairs.