Dr Nicole Hoellerer
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Nicole is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the College of Life & Environmental Sciences, working with Prof. Nick Gill on ASYFAIR – a project investigating fairness and consistency in asylum appeal courts in Europe. Nicole is the lead researcher of the project, and - as a German native speaker - is responsible for conducting research in Germany.

Nicole completed her PhD in Anthropology Research at Brunel University London in 2016, conducting extensive ethnographic fieldwork with resettled refugees in the UK, focusing on community development and the practice/policy gap. Her MRes studies (Brunel University London, 2010) were concerned with alternative development strategies and education in South Asia, as well as utilizing qualitative research methods to measure and operationalize policy and development programmes. During her previous studies (BSc and DipHE), Nicole conducted research in migration, education and linguistics.

Broad research specialisms

  • Legal Anthropology
  • Political Geography
  • Migration, asylum and refugee studies
  • Immigration, asylum and refugee policy
  • Socio-legal research
  • Justice, legality and resistance
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Humanitarianism and human rights discourses
  • Community development and social networks
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Practice/policy gap
  • Transnationalism and cosmopolitanism
  • Identity, belonging and liminality
  • Ethnographic and qualitative research methods
  • Applied anthropology
  • Visual anthropology and film making
  • Virtual/digital ethnography


DipHE Pedagogy, Philosophy, Political Sciences (2003), University of Vienna

BSc (Hons) Social Anthropology (2009), Brunel University London

MRes Social Anthropology (2010), Brunel University London

PhD Anthropology Research (2016), Brunel University London

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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