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Dr Rachel Benchekroun

I'm a sociologist and ethnographer based at UCL.

My main research interests are in social and health inequalities, migration and support networks.

Since 2017 I've been working with communities to research the impact of 'Hostile Environment' policies on mothers and families with insecure immigration statuses and 'no recourse to public funds' (NRPF). 

I'm now researching food insecurity and the role of community food aid organisations (e.g. food banks) in addressing this.

In recent years I've co-produced research on growing up in coastal towns, and have also researched the impact of COVID-19 and lockdowns on people's support networks.

You can contact me via email at,

or follow me on Twitter at @RaeBenchekroun

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