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Tom Vickers

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Sociology

Role

Dr Tom Vickers is employed at NTU as a Senior Lecturer, combining research with teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Career overview

Prior to coming to NTU in 2015 Tom held posts at Northumbria University, most recently as Senior Lecturer alongside a faculty-wide role coordinating research impact. Before this he worked at Durham University, where he was lead Research Associate on a large ESRC-funded project. He completed his doctoral studies at Durham in 2010, funded by an ESRC 1+3 scholarship, and is a professionally qualified youth and community worker.

Research areas

The overall 'problem' that drives Tom's research is capitalism in its imperialist phase, and more specifically the way that capitalist exploitation is managed and resistance is foreclosed, diverted and contained. Over the last ten years Tom has used a focus on borders and racism to examine how exploitation, oppression and resistance operate across fields including employment, volunteering, social work and social care, and the media. This research is intimately connected to his participation in social movements, community organising and community education, as a form of critical public sociology.

Tom has received research funding from the ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, and the NIHR School for Social Care Research. His work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Ethnic & Racial Studies, Critical Sociology, Social Policy & Administration, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and the British Journal of Social Work, and in non-academic publications including The Conversation, Open Democracy, the Runnymede Bulletin, and the Lincolnshire Echo.

Tom welcomes applications for PhD supervision in any of the following areas:

  • asylum/refugee studies
  • migration and border studies
  • state welfare
  • social work
  • work and employment
  • capitalism
  • Marxism
  • imperialism
  • racism and anti-racism
  • volunteering
  • activism
  • public sociology

Current and previous PhD topics Tom has supervised include:

  • Cosmopolitanism and asylum seekers in the European Union
  • Children from refugee and asylum seeking families
  • Reverse remittances for Romanian migrants to the UK
  • The Impacts of the 2014 and 2016 Immigration Acts on Health and Care

External activity

Tom Vickers is Co-Convenor of the BSA Activism in Sociology Forum and an active participant in movements for social and economic justice. He is also a member of the Emerging Scholars Forum of the Runnymede Trust, an Associate Consultant for the Learning and Work Institute, and a Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent sponsors and collaborators include:

  • International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS)
  • Regional Refugee Forum North East
  • Nottinghamshire County Council

Publications

Articles in peer-review journals

Vickers, T. and A. Rutter (2016) Disposable labour, passive victim, active threat: migrant/non-migrant othering in three British television documentaries, European Journal of Cultural Studies, DOI: 10.1177/1367549416682968.

Vickers, T. (2016) The potential and limitations of collective resistance arising from volunteering by asylum seekers and refugees in Northern England, Critical Sociology 42(3): 437-454.

Vickers, T. (2016). Geflüchtete, Kapitalismus und der Staat: Die Wurzeln der Unterdrückung von Flüchtlingen und Schlussfolgerungen für die politische Aktion, Marxistische-Blätter, (1-16): 58-66.

Vickers, T. and L. Dominelli (2015) Students’ Involvement in International Humanitarian Aid: Learning from student responses to the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, British Journal of Social Work, 45(6): 1905-1922.

Vickers, T. (2014) Developing an Independent Anti-Racist Model for Asylum Rights Organising in England. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(8): 1427-1447.

Vickers, T., G. Craig and K. Atkin (2013) Addressing ethnicity in social care research, Social Policy & Administration, 47(3): 310-326.

Books

Vickers, T. (2012) Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: implications for social workers, volunteers and activists. Farnham: Ashgate.

Book chapters

Vickers, T. (2015) The contribution of UK asylum policy to conditions for the exploitation of migrant labour, in L. Waite, H. Lewis, G. Craig, and K. Skrivanova (Eds.) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: Insecure work in a globalised economy. Palgrave MacMillan.

Vickers, T. (2015) Marxist Approaches to Social Work, in the International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition) Elsevier.

Vickers, T. (2014) Migration, Political Engagement and the State: A case study of immigrants and communists in 1930s South Tyneside in the UK, in L. Dominelli and M. Moosa-Mitha (Eds.) Reconfiguring Citizenship: Social Exclusion and Diversity within Inclusive Citizenship Practices. Ashgate.

Journal Special Issue (Guest Editor)

Vickers, T. (2015) Humanitarian Interventions, special issue of International Social Work (58)5.

Reports

Vickers, T., J. Clayton, , H. Davison, L. Hudson, M.A. Cañadas, , P. Biddle, S. Lilley, G. Fletcher and M. Chantkowski] (2016) 'New migrants' in the North East workforce: final report. Nottingham Trent University.

Vickers, T., G. Craig and K. Atkin (2012) Research with black and minority ethnic people using social care services. NIHR School for Social Care Research Methods Review 11.

For a full list of Tom Vickers' publications see iRep.

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Press expertise

  • Asylum and immigration
  • Activism and social movements
  • Public Sociology
  • Marxism