Jo Herbert BA MA PhD (2000-2005)


I studied for my PhD at the Centre for Urban History and then went on to complete an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, also at the Centre. When I reflect back on the fellowship, I realise that the year provided a fantastic opportunity to enhance my career prospects. It enabled me to devote time to publishing my work such as submitting articles, writing chapters for books and also developing a book proposal based on a revised version of my thesis. As a result, I now have a contract for the monograph titled Negotiating Boundaries in the City: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in Britain. I also conducted some further research, attended an international conference, developed my administrative skills by organising the Urban History summer school and worked as a teaching assistant in the School of Historical Studies.

"Overall, I feel very fortunate to have undertaken a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre and I'm grateful to the advice and support of my mentors, and other staff, at Leicester."

The fellowship granted me the time to apply for jobs and I am now working as a research fellow in the Geography Department at Queen Mary University of London. I am working on an exciting ESRC project: Global Cities at Work: Migrant labour in low paid employment in London. The project links well with my own research interests, particularly migration, and aims to produce the first comprehensive empirical evidence about the role and experiences of migrant workers – and their families – in low-paid employment in London. It will highlight the important role of migrant labour in global cities and will have implications for public policy.


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