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Alex Powell

Alex Powell

Research student Alex is working on Queering Refugee Law: A Study of Social Group Categorisation in the UK Asylum Apparatus

PhD thesis title: Queering Refugee Law: A Study of Social Group Categorisation in the UK Asylum Apparatus’


If you would be interested in speaking to Alex about your own experiences of claiming asylum please feel free to contact him by email or phone (020 7040 5160)

Supervisors: Dr Tawhida Ahmed and Dr Nora Honkala

Research Overview

Alex’s research focuses on the use of categories within asylum claims based on sexual or gender identity. Utilising qualitative interviews with asylum seekers, Alex’s research will interrogate the impact of different conceptions of identity on the asylum process.


Alex is a recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from The City Law school. He received his LLB from the University of Reading, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016. He then attended Birkbeck, University of London, completing an LLM in Constitutional Politics, Law, and Theory, for which he received a Distinction.

During his time at Birkbeck, Alex wrote his dissertation on the relationship between rising nationalism and citizenship. He has continued to focus on the interaction of nationalism and personhood within his current research. Alex's main research interests include: feminist and queer approaches to legal analysis; gender and law; constitutional theory and jurisprudence; and critical approaches to criminal law.



Journal Articles

  • Ashford C, Morris M, and Powell A (2019) ‘Bareback Sex in the Age of PrEP and TasP: How New HIV Medications Challenge Existing Legal Narratives’. Journal of Criminal Law (Accepted)

Book Chapters

  • Powell A (2019), ‘Normative Understandings: Sexual Identity, Stereotypes, and Asylum Seeking’ in Ashford C and Maine A (eds) ‘The Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and Law’ Edward Elgar (Accepted)

Online Publications


  • HEA (Associate Fellow)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Conference Attendance and Contributions

  • Powell A, ‘(Inter)National Queers: Queer Solidarity Beyond Borders, IDAHOBIT panel, City, University of London, 2018
  • 'The Uses and Futures of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies', University of Kent, 2018 (attendee)
  • Powell A, ‘The Treatment of LGBT Asylum Seekers And How This Is In Contrast With How The UK And Other Countries Present Themselves in the World’ , LGBT Politics in Europe Panel, City, University of London, 2018
  • Powell A, ‘Queering Credibility: How Law Constructs The Truth of Sexual Identity’, Queer Identities and Philosophy, Kings College London, 2018
  • Morris M and Powell A, ‘Queering Reckless Transmission: HIV Criminalisation and Stigma In The Context of Prep and Tasp’, Socio Legal Studies Association, University of Bristol, 2018
  • Demystifying Secularization, Birkbeck University of London, 16th June 2017 (attendee)


  • Alex was a tutorial leader on both the Criminal Law (LLB1) and English Legal Systems (LLB1) modules (2017-2018)
  • Alex has also contributed to lectures on the Criminal Law programme, including giving the 2018 criminal law revision workshop
  • Alex is a tutorial leader on the Foundations of Public Law (LLB1) module 2018-2019
  • Alex has also provided guest lectures to the Law and Film module (LLB3)