Dr. Mireille Hebing
Pathway Leader in International Relations & Social Science

Email: hebingm@regents.ac.uk

Professional Biography

Dr. Mireille Hebing studied at London South Bank University before completing her PhD at City University in 2009. She is an experienced lecturer with considerable knowledge and experience of designing, planning, and delivering high quality teaching on a range of both postgraduate and undergraduate courses, including modules in Sociology, International Relations, Social and Political Theory, Migration and Refugee Studies, Human Trafficking, Philosophy of Social Science and Research Methods, Gender, and Race and Racism. She is a member of the ‘Networks of Power' research centre.

Mireille's research has mainly focused on refugee and migrant integration, and in particular explores the construction of personal refugee narratives in a variety of political, policy and social contexts, thereby examining the extent to which refugees have the freedom to share the stories of their personal experiences.


  • PhD in Sociology (City University London, 2009)
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (London South Bank University, 2001)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2002 – 2010, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, City University London
  • 2009, Lecturer in Sociology and Research Methods, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, London South Bank University
  • 2004, Research Assistant, School of Social Sciences, City University London

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House
  • Member of the Networks of Power Research Centre (at Regent's University London)

Teaching & Course Development

Recently, Mireille has been involved in the development of International Relations and Political Science majors with the Liberal Studies Programme at Regent’s. In addition, over the past seven years, she has developed and taught a graduate module on Research Methods and Perspectives in International Relations, and designed a range of undergraduate modules on Sociology, Globalisation and Individualisation, Human Trafficking, Methods of Political Inquiry, Human Rights, Migration and Refugees, and Cities and Communities.

Research Supervision

Mireille has supervised Master's dissertations on a variety of topics at Regent's University London. She is particularly interested to supervise theses on migration, refugees, globalisation, gender, and topics from a post-structural or postcolonial perspective.

Research Interests

Mireille's broad research interest is in the field of migration and refugee studies, and includes topics such as the politics of asylum, asylum and immigration policy, theories of migration and forced migration, researching refugees, especially participatory methodologies. Recent research interest involves discourses surrounding the integration and settlement of new migrants in Britain and the EU.


Journal Articles:

  • Villlis, T. and Hebing, M. (2014) 'Islam and Englishness: Issues of Culture and Identity in the Debates over Mosque Building in Cambridge' Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 20: 4

Book Reviews for Ethnic and Racial Studies:

  • (2011). Gerhard Sonnert and Gerald Holton (eds), HELPING YOUNG REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS SUCCEED: PUBLIC POLICY, AID, AND EDUCATION, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, 316pp.
  • (2004). John Stone and Rutledge Dennis (eds). RACE AND ETHNICITY: COMPARATIVE AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc. 2003, xiv + 406 pp.

Conference Papers Given

  • (2015) ‘Refugee Stories and National Narratives in Britain’, 20th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, Columbia University, New York, 2015
  • (2014) ‘Refugee Stories in Britain: Dominant Narratives in the Public Mind’ at Immigration, Nation and Public History Symposium, King’s College London June 2014
  • (2012) ‘Borders, Gender and Asylum: Refugee Stories in the Asylum Procedure' at the A Europe of diversities – the 19th International Conference of Europeanists 22-24 March 2012 Boston Massachusetts.
  • (2011) ‘The Right to Asylum: Learning to tell ‘credible' stories during the asylum procedure' at Life Writing and Human Rights: Narrtives of Testimony Kingston University 11 – 13 July 2011

Grants Awarded

2012 Regent's Senate Committee research grant for a part-time fixed term (1 year) Research Assistant for the Transnational Migration Research Group.