Her doctoral research ‘Negotiating identity and belonging among the British-born Vietnamese in London’, explores the relationship between processes of categorisation, Orientalism and identity. It examines the capacity of Vietnamese individuals to challenge and disrupt more dominant constructions of ‘racial’ and ethnic groups in Britain. Tamsin’s methodological expertise lies in qualitative research methods, particularly qualitative interviewing and the Biographical Narrative Method.
She has been involved in a number of research projects including two EU funded projects of the EC 5th and 6th Frameworks; FeMiPol ‘Integration of Female Immigrants in Labour Market and Society’, and EthnoGeneration ‘The Chances of the Second Generation in Families of Ethnic Entrepreneurs’. She has worked on projects on Greek-Cypriot Cultural Identity at Oxford Brookes University, and more recently for the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) in London researching housing, neighbourhood and unemployment. She teaches Research Methods, ‘Global Youth Cultures’, ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Exclusion, and Introductory Sociology.
My book was nominated by Palgrave for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2016.
Research grants and awards
Newton Mobility Grant Scheme 2016 Round 2: Award Ref: NG160319
“New Labour Migrations Between Vietnam and the UK: Motivations, Journeys and Reflections” (with Dr Nguyen Van Phuc, Trung Vuong University, Vietnam)
The grant will be used to fund international research trips and workshops in Vietnam and the UK, fostering a stronger research collaboration between the co-investigators and their research teams.
The project seeks to investigate the factors behind the recent increase in youth migration between Vietnam and the UK and provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding into why young Vietnamese migrants come to the UK, what they hope to achieve through migrating, their experiences once in the UK, and how they evaluate their migration retrospectively on returning to Vietnam. The project will research prospective migrants prior to leaving Vietnam, those in the UK, and those who eventually return to Vietnam
British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant for the project (2017-2019):
Becoming East Asian: Race, Ethnicity and Youth Politics of Belonging in Superdiverse Britain (with Dr. Diana Yeh, City University, London).
This project examines emerging East Asian youth identities and social spaces in urban Britain to investigate the changing significance of race and ethnicity in ‘superdiverse’ contexts. Due to migration, East Asians in Britain are now one of the fastest growing ‘ethnic’ groupings (ONS 2011), with the highest percentage of international students (HESA 2014), yet they remain invisible in both academic and policy debates on citizenship, integration and multiculturalism. This project investigates how and why young people in London and Birmingham are engaging in racial and pan-ethnic group-making around the problematic racial category of ‘Oriental’ or ‘East Asian’ when recent social surveys suggest that race is losing its significance as a dominant identity (Aspinall and Song 2013). Re-embedding questions of power, inequality, exclusion and racism in discussions of superdiversity, it will provide new knowledge on invisible minorities, exploring affiliations and divisions among them and their place in wider society. It will contribute to debates on how political mobilization and belonging are changing under superdiversity and lead to a research agenda on emerging East Asian youth politics in Britain.