Siân’s research interests are focused in the following areas:
- Migration and displacement, including child migration, irregular migration, and impacts of borders and citizenship
- International child welfare and protection, including trafficking and exploitation, unaccompanied children, comparative protection approaches, and impact of conflict, terrorism and displacement on children and families
- Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), including access to justice, international justice mechanisms and transformative justice approaches
- Sex work, including rights-based approaches and constructions of agency
Principal Investigator, Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Undocumented Children in London
Research project commissioned by Barnardo’s looking at the prevalence, demographics and emotional health and wellbeing needs of undocumented children in London to inform service development.
Co-Investigator, Early Action Charter Programme
Evaluation commissioned by Refugee Action of an early intervention approach adopted in partnership with seven refugee support organisations across England aimed at capacity-building and embedding early action approaches in the sector.
Co-Investigator, London’s Children and Young People who are not British Citizens
Research project commissioned by Greater London Authority to explore the numbers and status of children and young people in London who are not British citizens.
Co-Investigator, Transforming Pathways Out of Care
Project commissioned by Birmingham City Council to evaluate an innovative programme of accommodation and support for care leavers with complex needs.
Doctoral Researcher, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Refugee Crisis (SEREDA)
Collaborative project with partner universities in Australia, Turkey and Sweden which aims to understand the nature and incidence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by refugees who have fled the Levant region; doctoral research project focuses on access to justice for survivors of SGBV in this context.