Amy Frances Wishart Corcoran, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London
Amy is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. Her doctoral research investigates the use of public art interventions as a method of supporting migrant-led and migrant solidarity movements within the current EU context.
After completing her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, both at The University of Reading, Amy went on to work as a researcher investigating childhood anxiety. During a subsequent 19-month journey around Asia, Amy completed an internship at The Human Rights Education Institute of Burma and decided to pursue a change of career. On returning to the UK, Amy completed an LLM in Human Rights Law at Birkbeck. Throughout her LLM she concentrated on issues of state power and resistance.
Amy has published work in both academic and independent publications. This has primarily centred on the policing of protest and her experiences and reflections regarding the ‘Jungle’ in Calais. Amy is involved with groups campaigning around human rights issues and supporting those involved in protest. The majority of Amy’s own art practice is politically motivated, though its medium is varied and includes performance, installation and illustration. She was a core artist and organiser for Art the Arms Fair in 2017, which used art to counter the arms trade.