Dr Gillian McFadyen

PhD (Aberystwyth University) MSc Postcolonial Politics (Aberystwyth University) MSc International Politics (University of Glasgow) BA(Hons) Social Science (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Dr Gillian McFadyen

Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship)

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Gillian joined the Department in August 2016 as a Lecturer in International Politics, having previously worked within the department as a Research and Teaching Assistant. She was awarded her PhD from the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth in September 2014 for her thesis “Colonial Legacies and the Asylum System: Language, Silence and the Portrayal of the Refugee Other”.

For the 2017/2018 academic year, Gillian will be acting as Deputy Director of Graduate Studies, overlooking the MA Programme,. She will also be convenor for the Social Science Degree scheme, as well as module convenor for Approaching the Political and co-convenor for the MA module Politics, Media and Performance: Transciplinary Critical Frameworks.



Gillian's research engages with the theories of postcolonialism, hospitality and labelling, applying these approaches to the figure of the refugee, and has a particularly interest in the practices and policies of the British refugee regime. She is currently in the process of turning her PhD thesis into a monograph, where she is developing and extending the theories of labelling and Derrida’s hostipitality to the European Refugee Crisis, examining the British response to the crisis both within and external to the EU.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 12:30-13:30
  • Tuesday 12:30-1:30


Memory, Language and Silence: Barriers to Refuge within the British Asylum SystemMcFadyen, G. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.24 p.
The language of labelling and the politics of hostipitality in the British asylum systemMcFadyen, G. 2016 In : British Journal of Politics and International Relations.18, 3, p. 599-617
Debating Human Rights, by Daniel P.L. ChongMcFadyen, G. 2015 In : International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis.70, 4, p. 645-6462 p.