Victoria Taylor

vicky taylor

Criminology (2021 cohort)


My research interests centre on improving understanding of UK immigration policies and their impact. In my DPhil, I explore how contemporary British border and asylum policies translate into state management and policing of those using ‘small boats’ to cross the English Channel. In addition to unpicking current politics unfolding in the Anglo-Franco sea-borderlands, I intend to contextualise developments within broader histories of British migration management, asking what can be learnt from repeated cycles of ‘small boat crises’.

I hold a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge (Double First), and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford (Distinction). Prior to my DPhil, I worked as a Senior Researcher in the UK Civil Service (Fast Stream) across the policy areas of asylum, irregular migration, resettlement, and refugee integration. In addition, I have experience working in a Think Tank publishing on issues of healthcare access experienced by online sex workers, and as a researcher supporting the legal charity Just for Kids Law. My DPhil is generously supported by the ESRC and Balliol’s Dervorguilla Scholarship.