Advocay

Both my professional and personal work include elements of activism and advocacy work, taking the form of both professional and voluntary engagement. My work to date has encompassed projects within the fields of archival science; refugee and forced migration studies; and the impacts of mining on the potential for inducing climate change. I am committed to this work and hope to develop and expand upon current and preceding projects.

My research interests focus on the role of archives in helping to support the collection and preservation of first-hand life histories and testimonies both for their importance for allowing often marginalised voices to be heard and for their ability to support refugee advocacy. On a professional level, following on from our Archive based civic engagement projects I have On a professional level, following on from our Archive based civic engagement projects, I have been in a position to launch two refugee and migration advocacy initiatives looking to promote the collection, preservation and accessibility of archival collections related to refugee and forced migration issues.

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Living Refugee Archive

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IASFM Working Group on the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and Refugees.

The IASFM Working Group on the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and Refugees was established in 2015, with Dr. Rumana Hashem and Paul Dudman as Co-Convenors. The working group was established with seed funding from the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration with the aim of bringing together academics, archivists, practitioners, researchers and members of NGOs to explore new ways in which Archives can be used to help document, preserve and make accessible the narratives of migration. The working group is international in nature, reflecting the wider aims of IASFM, and brings together a number of interested colleagues from different backgrounds and fields. We were able to hold a very successful panel of papers at IASFM2016 conference in Poznan, Poland, during July 2016, and we are now planning on how to develop the working group.

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OHS Migration Special Interest Group.

To help promote the oral history work we are trying to undertake in this area, I am thankful to the support of the UK Oral History Society in the creation of a Migration Special Interest Group (MSIG). As lead convenor, I am conscious of the important role that oral history can play in helping to document and preserve the life history narratives of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. I was also aware that many valuable oral history projects in this area can take place at a local level and could benefit from a central portal from which such projects could be publicised and made accessible on a wider level. My aim for MSIG was therefore to act as a central “portal” to bring together oral history practitioners working in this area in order to gather and share knowledge and experience of working with refugees.

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BSA Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group

Paul is a co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group.  The Study Group aims to focus on all aspects of migration research, including both empirical and theoretical work. The Study Group focuses on recent migratory flows, but also foreground historical perspectives, and issues of identity, culture and the politics of migration. It will cover and contribute to studies of diaspora and transnationalism.

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BSA Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group

Paul is a co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group.  The Study Group aims to focus on all aspects of migration research, including both empirical and theoretical work. The Study Group focuses on recent migratory flows, but also foreground historical perspectives, and issues of identity, culture and the politics of migration. It will cover and contribute to studies of diaspora and transnationalism.

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Phulbari Solidarity Group

On a voluntary level, I continue to maintain my involvement with different organisations within the refugee and climate change sectors. My works involves working on website management with the Migration and Asylum Network and the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners in Migration Network. I am also involved in the Phulbari Solidarity Group, which looks to oppose open-pit coal mining and related activities in Bangladesh, which would displace many thousands of people from their homes; damage agricultural lands and the Sundarbans mangrove forests, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI)

Paul is currently Head of Web at The ESPMI Network, which aims to “connect emerging scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, artists, and all those involved in forced migration and refugee studies to meaningful work and professional connections, as well as to produce new research and new interest in these important issues.”

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Migration and Asylum Network

Paul is also actively involved in the Migration and Asylum Network.  The Network was formed in 2013 as a means to facilitate communication and information sharing between a small group of practitioners and academics. Our mission has been  to create an active and participatory Network dedicated to facilitating collaboration, building partnerships and sharing knowledge between academics and practitioners.

We have had success in expanding the Network to include a larger social media presence (incorporating Jiscmail, Facebook and Twitter) to be used by academics, practitioners, refugees and interested members of the general public to share information on migration and asylum issues. We have also just launched our initial web page hosted by the Cost New Speakers website and we hope to be able to expand and develop this as an online resource in due course.

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