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Ima Jackson


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

Migration, policy, racialisation and community participation 

Ima is an experienced clinician, lecturer, researcher and project manager and has spent most of her career working with marginalised groups: initially pregnant women in the poorest parts of London and Glasgow, and in more recent years with refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. Her focus is to evidence the experience and perspectives of those underrepresented in the structural processes and organisations which dominate the cultural, political and economic landscape of Scotland. 

Her research interest is in racialisation,  migration- in particular transnational workforce issues, skills accreditation, ethical recruitment processes, migrant health and healthcare infrastructure needs and gendered migration policy. Ima is interested in the interface between research based policy and the experience of those racialised. Her work engages from the perspective those racialised. 

She currently works with cross party parliamentarians, migrant organisations, activists, artists, researchers and policymakers investigating and supporting the development of Scotland’s local, national and international perspective and narrative on aspects of migration and immigration. This work spans across working to develop aspects of Scotland's national cultural strategy to Ministerial working within gender pay gap.

She is a co convenor of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet:  

She is Chair of the Board for Centre for Contemporary Art CCA Glasgow; Board member for the ILFA project which supports communities of colour and migrants develop skills to navigate the discrimination they experience

She supports through steering group membership a range of organisations such as Migrant Voice developed by communities to increase representation at all levels of social and political media engagement. 

She is currently Principal Investigator on two projects: Development of a migrant skills recognition and accreditation hub for Scotland and Enhancing transcultural participation – through preventing female genital mutilation(FGM). 

She is supervisor for PhD students working with Roma and African communities. Interested to supervise MSc and PhD students researching aspects of migration, workrforce issues, migrant health and gender. 

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Research Output

  • 3 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Other contribution
Open Access
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    Female genital mutilation: a form of gender based violence

    Wasige, J. & Jackson, I., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence. Lombard, N. (ed.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Immigration to Scotland from overseas: the experience of nurses

    Jackson, I., 31 Aug 2018, New Scots: Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945. Devine, T. M. & McCarthy, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Edinburgh University Press, (Studies in Scottish and Irish Migration).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Public narratives of European citizenship: the dialogical citizen in the European public sphere

    Mahendran, K., Jackson, I. & Kapoor, A., Sep 2015, Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and the Public Sphere. Korkut, U., Mahendran, K., Bucken-Knapp, G. & Cox, R. H. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 147-162 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Scottish Government’s proposals for an independent Scotland’s citizenship and immigration policies

    Craig, S., Fletcher, M., Jackson, I., Mulvey, G. & Phipps, A., May 2014, Scottish Government.

    Research output: Other contribution