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Dr Thomas Tyerman

Lecturer in International Politics


My teaching is based in international politics, specialising in critical and decolonising approaches. My research interests focus on the politics of border controls, everyday resistance, and migrant solidarity movements.


I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2018. Prior to this I taught at University of Bristol and University of Manchester. I completed my ESRC-funded PhD at University Manchester in 2016. My thesis critically explored how border controls in the UK and Calais operate through everyday segregation and how an everyday politics of migrant solidarity responds to and resists this segregation.  My research interests include critical border and migration studies, 'no borders' politics, postcolonial theory, and critical cosmopolitanism. My current research investigates the development of the UK government's 'hostile environment' immigration policy and everyday resistance to it.  My teaching interests include critical international politics, security studies, human rights and critical border studies. I am also keen to further debates around decolonising the study and practice of international politics.


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts


  • BA Politics
  • MA International Relations and Global Crises

  • Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism
  • Decolonising and Decentering International Relations


Tyerman, T. (2019) Everyday Borders in Calais: The Globally Intimate Injustices of Segregation, Geopolitics, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2019.1631807
Tyerman, T. (forthcoming; 2021) Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais [Routledge Intervention Series]


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