Natalie Ilsley


Twitter: @NatalieEmma123



Previous Education

MSc (Merit) International and European Politics, University of Edinburgh

BA Hons (First Class) English and American Literatures, Keele University


Thesis Title

Migrant Women and Creative Arts: Building Resilience in Glasgow and Stoke-on-Trent



Dr Mariangela Palladino – Keele University, Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies

Dr Anastasia Valassopoulos – University of Manchester, Lecturer in Post 1945 Postcolonial World Literature

Dr Lisa Dikomitis – Keele University, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health


Research Summary

My research combines my interdisciplinary background. It will explore how migrant women negotiate the ambivalent experience of being resilient subjects through the creative arts produced in the context of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This research will focus on women based in Glasgow and Stoke-on-Trent because both cities represent different approaches adopted by NGOs in the largest dispersal areas of migrants in the UK. The term ‘migrants’ here refers to any displaced person and includes: migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.


Research Interests

Resilience, Migration, Diaspora, Globalisation, Creative Methods



Ilsley, Natalie, ‘Book Review: Placeless People: Writing, Rights and Refugees by Lyndsey Stonebridge,’ Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 10, no.1 (April 2019): 151-155.

Ilsley, Natalie, ‘Zoë Wicomb: Playing in the Light,’ The Literary Encyclopedia (April 2019) Available:

Ilsley, N. (2019) Forthcoming: ‘A theoretical comparison of Liberal Intergovernmentalism and Rational-Choice Institutionalism in the context of EU immigration policy,’ Under Construction @ Keele. 5(1) (Summer 2019).

Various publications at Newsweek.

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