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Research interests

I research legal aid, particularly for immigration and asylum, looking at conflicts between quality and financial viability for providers, and at discrepancies between demand and supply. I am an ESRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow in social policy. My research always has an applied focus and aims to produce insights which are useful to policy-makers, drawing on concepts from law and economics. Current projects include a comparative study with Scotland and investigation of local-specific barriers to provision of legal services in areas which are advice deserts.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Brighton Business School

3 Jan 20169 Oct 2018


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • legal aid
  • social policy
  • K Law (General)
  • access to justice
  • asylum and immigration law
  • unaccompanied children
  • HB Economic Theory
  • public funding
  • supply and demand
  • financial viability of providers
  • quality of legal services

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legal aid Social Sciences
desert Social Sciences
social housing Social Sciences
immigration Social Sciences
drought Social Sciences
supply Social Sciences
welfare Social Sciences
demand Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2015 2019

Droughts and Deserts: A report on the immigration legal aid market

Wilding, J., 12 Jun 2019, 56 p.

Research output: Book/ReportProject report

Open Access
legal aid

The Business of Asylum Justice and the Future of Human Rights

Wilding, J., 1 Oct 2017, The Future of Human Rights in the UK. Smyth, C. M. & Lang, R. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 111-130

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Open Access
operating model
immigration law
asylum seeker

Bordering practices in the UK welfare system

Guentner, S., Lukes, S., Stanton, R., Vollmer, B. A. & Wilding, J., 5 Feb 2016, In : Critical Social Policy. 36, 3, p. 391-411

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social housing
affirmative action
mobile social services

Not the Best, Not the Worst: Care and Processing of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum in the United Kingdom

Wilding, J., 30 Nov 2015, A journey to the unknown: The rights of unaccompanied Children Between theory and practice. Sedmak, M. (ed.). Koper, p. 117-232

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter