Dr Tom Vickers
PhD, MA, BA
Senior Research Assistant
Dept of Social Sciences
Squires Building, room CPD 001
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Since September 2012 Tom Vickers has been employed as Senior Research Assistant at Northumbria University, where he divides his time between support for colleagues' submissions to the Research Excellence Framework and longer term impact agendas, and conducting research into the meaning of the British government's 'austerity measures' for refugees and migrant workers in North East England. Prior to this he worked as Research Associate on a large-scale ESRC-funded project at Durham University, 'Internationalising institutional and professional practices: community partnership models of change in post-tsunami Sri Lanka'.
PhD Sociology and Social Policy, Durham University
MA Social Research Methods (Social Work), Durham University
BA (Hons.) Community and Youth Work Studies, Durham University
Research and Consultancy
Tom has a keen commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive social interventions. A related set of themes run through Tom's research across different projects, concerning: the impact of international, national and local economic and political contexts on policies affecting migrants and ethnic minorities; the interaction between policy, professional practice, and community action; and the creative use of qualitative methods to bring into focus voices which are often marginalised or ignored in policy debates.
Vickers, T. (2012) Refugees, capitalism and the British state: implications for social workers, volunteers and activists. Farnham: Ashgate.
Vickers, T. (2012) 'Developing an independent anti-racist model for asylum rights organizing in England'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2012.734391. [Available here]
Vickers, T., Craig, G. and Atkin, K. (2012) 'Addressing ethnicity in social care research'. Social Policy and Administration. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2012.00851.x. [Available here]
Banks, S. and Vickers, T. (2006) 'Empowering communities through active learning: challenges and contradictions'. Journal of Community Work and Development, 8, pp. 83-104.
Vickers, T. (2013) 'Migration, political engagement and the state: refugee and migrant case studies from Tyneside in the UK', in Dominelli, L. and Moosa-Mitha, M. (eds.) Reconfiguring citizenship: social exclusion and diversity within inclusive citizenship practices. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Vickers, T., Craig, G. and Atkin, K. (2012) Research with black and minority ethnic people using social care services. London: NIHR School for Social Care Research. [Available here]
Vickers, T. and Bates, D. (2012) 'Exiled from the Big Society'. Runnymede Bulletin, Issue 370, p.13. [Available here]
Vickers, T. and Dominelli, L. (2012) 'Humanitarian projects can benefit students and universities', University World News, 29 January. [Available here]
Tom contributes to teaching on the following modules:
SO0715 Social Research: Theory and Practice
SO0834 Activism, Power and Resistance