Skip to main content

School of Social and Political Science: Staff profiles


Emma Hill

Emma Hill
Dr Emma Hill
Research Fellow
G.3 22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH88LN
+44 (0)131 650 6891
Research Interests
Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees, Postcoloniality, Decolonisation, gender, Somali Diaspora, Race and identity

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • On appointment

Research Profile

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in Sociology and Cultural Studies and expertise in displaced migration in the Global North, race, migration and decolonisation, and the politics of belonging among Somali-Scots populations.  I currently am a Research Fellow on the GLIMER (Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees) Project.  I gained my PhD in Cultural Research from Heriot-Watt University, for which my thesis, entitled Somali Voices in Glasgow City: Who Speaks? Who Listens?  An Ethnography was awarded the MacFarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to research in 2017.  A monograph based on this research is currently under contract with Palgrave MacMillan.

My research interests include interactions of race and displaced migration in (post)colonial spatial economies, the intersection of gender, race and border controls in policy contexts, and decolonising methodologies. 

Other research activities

I am currently an Associate Editor for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, a contributor to the Scottish Government’s New Scots evidence group, and a Trustee of the Board for Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.

During my PhD, I was part of the UK research team for the EU-funded RADAR (Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism) Project, led by the University of Perugia.  In 2015, I completed an internship with the Strategy Unit for the Scottish Government.  I am an associate of the Intercultural Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, and am also an alumna of the Transformations Doctoral Network, a European network of anthropologists and ethnographers based at Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet.

Selected Publications


[Under Contract with Palgrave MacMillan] Somali Voices in (Post)Colonial Scotland

Journal articles

  • Hill, E.,N. Meer and T. Peace [In Press], ‘The role of asylum in urban gentrification’, Sociological Review.
  • Hill, E., M. Nic Craith and C. Clopot (2018), ‘At the limits of Cultural Heritage Rights? The Glasgow Bajuni Campaign and the UK Immigration System: A Case Study’, International Journal of Cultural Property.  25:1.
  • Hill, E. and Nic Craith, M. (2017) 'Medium and narrative change: the effects of multiple media on the 'Glasgow Girls' story and their real-life campaign', Narrative Culture. 31:1, 87-V.
  • Nic Craith, M. and Hill, E. (2015), ‘Relocating the Ethnographic Field: From Being There to Being There', Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24:1, 42-62.  

Book chapters

  • Hill, E. and N. Meer [Publication due 2020],‘Ethnic Minorities and Political Citizenship in Scotland’, Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics,ed. M. Keating, OUP.
  • Hill, E.[Publication due 2020],‘Multilingual Citizens, Multicultural Citizenship? Somali people’s experiences of language, race and belonging in contemporary Scotland’, Multilingualism and Politics, ed. K. Strani, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Hill, E.(2016) Welcoming Nations? Hospitality as a Proxy for National Identity: A Consideration of British and Scottish Contexts, Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives, eds. A. Haynes, M.J. Power, A. Dillane and J. Carr. Rowman and Littlefield: Plymouth.

GLIMER Project Outputs

Policy Briefs and Evidence Submissions

Selected Blogs