Department of Development Studies

Dr Anna Lindley

Key information

Department of Development Studies Reader in Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster Member Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Member
MA (Leeds); DPhil (Oxon)
Russell Square, College Buildings
Email address
Telephone number
0207 898 4690
Support hours
You can book an academic support appointment with me using the link in the 'Biography' section below.

Working days: Mon-Wed.

As I am on partial research leave this year, non-urgent teaching queries will be dealt with on Mondays.


Anna has a doctorate in Development Studies from Oxford University and a Masters from Leeds University.

Prior to joining SOAS, she worked as a researcher for the Refugee Studies Centre and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University. Her research focuses on global migration and displacement dynamics, politics and experiences.

Office hours

Student academic support: Bookings with me - Anna Lindley - Outlook (

Research interests

My research focuses on global migration dynamics, politics and experiences. I have particular experience working on displacement & refugee issues, transnationalism & remittances, and Somali mobilities.

My current work explores immigration politics, policy and practice; experiences of precarity; and civic mobilization around migration.

Funded projects

  • Home Beyond the Home Office: Addressing Refugee Move-On Challenges (2023-24). Supported by Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fund, SOAS (Principal investigator, in partnership with Asylum Welcome)
  • Connecting during Covid-19: practices of care, remittance sending and digitisation among UK migrant communities. (2020-2020) Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s ESRC Covid-19 research scheme (Co-Investigator) 
  • Access to Justice in Immigration Detention (2017). Research commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales (Principal investigator)
  • Building bridges: voluntary sector engagements with immigration detention (2015-16). Supported by British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme (Principal investigator)
  • Crisis and migration: critical perspectives (2012). Workshop / book preparation supported by SOAS Department Development Studies (Organiser and editor)
  • Policy responses to protracted displacement (2011). Funded by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Somali displacement case study for project led by University of Oxford)
  • Conflict-related mobility in the Somali territories (2008-09). Funded by European Commission (University of Oxford component of the Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict Consortium led by University of Sussex)
  • Refugees and Remittances (2007-08). Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council (Principal investigator, University of Oxford)

PhD Supervision

Lim = Makers, Brokers and Migrants: Experiences of Digital Government in South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Marcel = Navigating precarity: the lives of migrant cleaners in London.

Shebashe = How do Ethiopian migrants in the United Kingdom understand and experience belonging?

Name Title
Mr Femi Bolaji How Does Diaspora Finance Shape Infrastructure Development in Nigeria?
Iris Lim Experiencing the Digital Governance Immigration: a Qualitative Comparison of London and Seoul
Claire Marcel What is the relationship between immigration controls, labour market structures and experiences of precarity in different spheres of the lives of migrant workers in the cleaning and agricultural sectors in the UK? (working title)
Helina Shebeshe “Ethiopians don’t do cricket” How do Ethiopian migrants in the United Kingdom understand and experience belonging? (Working Title)


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