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PhD Students

Imogen Fell

Imogen is a PhD student at St Marys University.

Title: Protecting children in the Philippines: confronting the realities of NGO responses to child sexual exploitation.

Imogen’s academic interests include online and offline forms of child sexual exploitation and Non-government (NGO) responses to child protection in South East Asia.

During her PhD, she conducted fieldwork in the Philippines and worked as a visiting researcher at the Social Development Research Centre, De La Salle University, Philippines. At the SDRC, she was involved in UNICEF Philippines’s research on online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Diem-Tu Tran

Diem-Tu is a PhD student at St Mary’s University.

Title: Understanding online press coverage and public opinion on irregular migrants in the United Kingdom, 2015-2018

Diem-Tu is also a module convenor for the BA Criminology and Sociology programme teaching social issues associated with globalisation and modernity as well as classical sociological theories. Her research focuses on European and International migration policy, irregular and forced migration, especially in contemporary contexts.  

Diem-Tu holds a MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in Social Work from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany.

She has varied professional experience in migration work and was employed as a consultant for assisted voluntary return of asylum seekers and refugees with the Munich City Council, Germany, for over three years.

Since 2017, she has acted as a researcher for St Mary’s Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse in the UK and abroad. 

Deanna McPherson

Deanna is presently a PhD student at St Mary’s University studying the victimology of female traffickers.

She is an Anti-Human Trafficking Clinician, Advocate and Activist. Deanna began learning about human trafficking in 2008 and has spent the past several years increasing her knowledge and researching trafficking issues whilst working with and for survivors on their mental health and well-being.

She has contributed to this field working in non-profit organizations, volunteering as a Board member, chairing coalition committees and has delivered multiple presentations for over a decade.  

Deanna received her Master’s in Social Work in 2014 in Anti-Human Trafficking at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and her Master’s in Public Health in International Community Health Education in 2001 from New York University.

Deanna has contributed to Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice New York: Columbia University Press. 

Amy Plummer

Amy is a PhD Politics & Social Policy student at St. Mary’s University.

Title: The framing of and reception to modern slavery awareness campaigns on social media platforms.

Her research is focused on the way modern slavery is framed within social media awareness campaigns and how social media users receive and react to this information.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, USA, Amy graduated from Portland State University with a BA International Studies (European Studies). 

She then moved to London where she earned an MA Human Rights at Birkbeck University and an MA Woman and Child Abuse at London Metropolitan University where her theses focused on modern slavery survivor services in the UK and digital technology’s effect on the exploitation and disruption of trafficking for sexual exploitation, respectively.  

Her research interests include modern slavery and human trafficking communications, government and non-profit work around modern slavery, and survivor services.  

Muinat Mustapha

Muinat is a year 2 research student of Law and social policy at St Marys University, under the supervision of Dr Carole Murphy.

A member of the Nigerian Bar Association, she holds a bachelor’s degree in law as well as a Master’s degree in law.

Masters dissertation Title: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Violence in Nigeria, the UK and South Africa.

She is currently researching on sexual gender-based violence on females in IDP camps in Northern Nigeria. She has worked as a solicitor in law firms in Nigeria and also worked in NGOs.

Her interest is on the elimination of discrimination against females and all forms of misogynistic attitude. Her research focuses on the reason for the pervasiveness of gender-based violence despite various existing legislations to curb the menace.

Muinat oversees the coordination of the welfare, protection and empowerment of female internally displaced persons and indigent women at Positive Aid Initiative for Women and Children (PAIWAC) an NGO in Nigeria. Sensitization on education of the girl child is also an activity Muinat engages in at the grassroot level.