My Research Vision
My research examines contentious political issues, with a specific focus on migration and citizenship in Europe today. On one hand, I have explored why particular ways of talking publicly about immigration and ethnic minorities vary from time to time and place to place, asking who influences dominant perspectives, when and how. On the other hand, I have also concentrated on the politics of international migration in Europe, with a particular focus on the relationship between knowledge and power in decision making and migration governance in Europe.
Simon joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as a Research Fellow in September 2014. He is the author of Immigration and Citizenship in an Enlarged European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and editor of The Handbook of International Political Economy of Migration (co-edited with Leila Talani, Edward Elgar, 2015), as well as often contributing to more mainstream outlets such as The Guardian, Open Democracy and The Conversation.
Simon successfully completed his PhD at King’s College London in 2013. He has also been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Migration at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain and has taught European politics and migration studies in the UK and the Czech Republic.
Prior to joining the Centre, Simon developed and implemented approaches to evidence-based policy and practice at The Social Innovation Partnership, in particular as Evidence and Evaluation Manager at Project Oracle, a children and youth evidence hub managed by The Social Innovation Partnership and London Metropolitan University and funded by the Greater London Authority, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Economic and Social Research Council.
- McMahon, S. (2015) Immigration and Citizenship in an Enlarged European Union: The political dynamics of intra-EU mobility. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
- Talani, L.S., and McMahon, S. (eds.) (2015) The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
- Talani, L.S., and McMahon, S. (2015) ‘Regional Integration and Migration: the case of the European Union’. in The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration. ed. by Talani, L.S., and McMahon, S. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
- McMahon, S. (2013) ‘Finding their voice? Romanian immigrant politics underground in Rome’. in Dirty Cities: Towards a political economy of the underground in global cities. ed. by Talani, L.S., Clarkson, A., and Pardo, R.P. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 64-82.
- McMahon, S. (2012) ‘North African migration and Europe’s contextual Mediterranean border in light of the Lampedusa migrant crisis of 2011’. (European University Institute Working Paper Series).
- McMahon, S. (2012) ‘Assessing the impact of European Union citizenship: the status and rights of Romanian nationals in Italy’. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20 (2), 199-214.
- McMahon, S. (2012) ‘Un caso di emigrazione qualificata: gli accademici italiani nelle università britanniche’ [An example of highly qualified emigration: Italian academics in British universities], in Italiani nel Mondo 2012. ed. by Fondazione Migrantes. Edizioni Idos.
- Migrants and the Media: The representation of migrant voices and experiences in Britain’s pre-election debate. Immigration and its implications have long been among the most significant concerns of the British public, dominated the agendas of political parties and covered the pages of the print media. Since the 2010 general election a number of organisations have aimed for a more balanced public debate on immigration in the UK by enabling migrant communities to participate in the media. This project assesses the engagement and representation of these migrant voices within the 2015 general election debate, tracking and analysing its evolution from 1st January to 15th May 2015.
- Living Together in Diversity. Britain is on course to become one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the developed world. But the evidence suggests that this reality is playing out differently across the country. This project analyses life in a series of locations across the UK, examining the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on social relations and peoples’ lived experience. The aim is to uncover how migration and diversity intersect with local economic, political and social structures to influence social relations in different places. In doing so, it will put forward a nuanced and geographically informed picture of the lived reality of diversity in Britain.