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Dr Francesca Meloni is Lecturer in Social Justice at the School of Education, Communication & Society.

She completed her PhD at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 2014. Before joining King's College London, she worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford and UCL and she was Lecturer at Humboldt University, in Berlin, and Northumbria University.


Francesca's research focuses on contemporary processes of migration and social exclusion. She is particularly interested in the interface between migration, policy, race, and age, and in the impact of legal status on the experiences of belonging and access to social services.

Francesca has a background in anthropology and over 15 years of experience conducting ethnographic research in migration contexts.

She is currently leading a collaborative pilot project ‘Hostile Environment Data-Sharing: Mapping Evidence and Developing a Collaborative Approach’ that examines the extent and impact of data-sharing practices used for immigration enforcement in healthcare, education and policing (funded by King’s ECS Seed Fund). Her work has examined the experiences of undocumented young people and families; access to healthcare and education for precarious migrants (Project ‘The Migratory Status of the Child and Limited Access to Health Care,’ funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2010-2014); and the transitions into institutional adulthood of unaccompanied minors (‘Becoming Adult: Conceptions of futures and wellbeing among migrant young people in the UK,’ funded by ESRC, 2015-2018).

Her research interests include:

  • Migration, rights and citizenship
  • Undocumented immigration and experiences of illegality
  • Migrant young people, children and families
  • Bordering practices and immigration enforcement
  • Participatory research approaches


Francesca is Deputy Director of the MA International Child Rights and Development.

PhD supervision

Dr Meloni is happy to supervise students in the following areas: migration, race and ethnicity; child and family migration; citizenship and belonging; migration policy and access to services.

You can find out more about Francesca on her PURE research profile.