Vikki Barry Brown

Vikki Barry Brown
Queen Mary, University of London | QMUL · School of Geography

Master of Arts


I am a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship (Mobile People) PhD student in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. My PhD focuses on English people who have migrated to Ireland since 1960, I am researching how English migrants to Ireland experience belonging, identity and home. Additionally, I am am currently working on two pieces connected to my MA research and hold the position of Digital Rep at the British Association for Irish Studies.
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - December 2018
Queen Mary, University of London
  • Researcher
  • Under the supervision of the module organiser I supported teaching through assisting students and demonstrating research method techniques.
February 2016 - July 2017
Epilepsy Action
  • Senior policy & campaigns officer
  • I developed and communicated Epilepsy Action’s position and response in relation to public policy issues and consultations. I carried out research projects, and wrote reports, briefings and speeches for senior staff, MPs and Peers. I designed, managed and delivered projects using a broad range of techniques, including media, events and creating interactive web content. I built strong and positive relationships with stakeholders and represented EA at external conferences and in the media.
August 2015 - December 2015
Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham and Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse, Rotherham
  • Project Manager
  • I carried out research on a variety of political and social issues, providing written and verbal briefings and advice, often at incredibly short notice in preparation for media appearances and parliamentary debates. I dealt with media enquiries, press releases and publicity
September 2017 - September 2018
University of Leeds
Field of study
  • Social Research
September 2002 - June 2005
Swansea University
Field of study
  • Sociology & Social Policy


Projects (2)
I am investigating the experiences of English migrants to Ireland from approx. 1960 onward. I have been conducting qualitative interviews with people who have moved to Ireland and identify as English or part-English. I am particularly interested in belonging, identity and home and what it is like to be English in Ireland.
My MA research at the University of Leeds investigated the 'Brexit Irish' - British born people who acquired Irish passports following the UK's referendum to leave the EU. I am working on two pieces based on this research dissertation - a book chapter on external voting and a paper considering the motivations of the 'Brexit Irish' in pursuing Irish passports.