The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Mollie Gerver

Lecturer in International Politics


My research considers the ethics of immigration policies, focusing on when coercive and non-coercive forms of immigration control are justified. For example, I consider whether states act ethically when paying refugees to repatriate, or pressuring them to repatriate by denying visas. To address these questions, I consider the broader philosophical questions of what coercion is, when it is justified, and when voluntary consent is neccessary. 

In addition to considering questions of immigration and consent, I have conducted fieldwork in South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Thailand, interviewing 160 former refugees and migrants who had repatriated from Israel. Based on my data, an estimated 5% of all returnees to South Sudan died within two years of repatriating. The majority who survived were displaced or without shelter, medical care, or food security.