Dr Peter Rees

Staff details

Dr Peter Rees


Postdoctoral Researcher


Politics and International Relations


peter.rees (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Peter is an active member of the Migration Research Network and helps coordinates termly seminar series.

Peter Rees is a political theorist and postdoctoral researcher focusing on migration, citizenship and rights.

Peter Rees is a political theorist whose research focusses on migration, citizenship and human rights. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on a Volkswagen Stiftung funded project titled ‘Traces of mobility, violence and solidarity: Reconceptualizing cultural heritage through the lens of migration’.

His published work investigates the relationship between universal rights and citizenship with an empirical focus on migration and is based on his PhD research. This includes topics such as rightslessness, rights claiming, border violence, citizenship law and rhetorical theory. More recently, he has developed an interest in areas such as cultural heritage, archives and maritime migration.

Prior to rejoining Goldsmiths, Peter was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Aberystwyth University. He obtained his PhD in 2020 at Goldsmiths College, in the Department of Politics & International Relations.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics and International Relations, Goldsmiths College, University of London 2020
  • MSc Social and Political Theory, Birkbeck College, University of London 2013
  • BA (Hons) English, University of Sussex 2010

Teaching and supervision

  • PO52052A: Politics and Technology (2nd year module)

Publications and research outputs

Professional projects

Peter has an interest in Sanctuary initiatives and has worked with Lewisham Borough and Lewisham Migration Forum to help develop Lewisham’s bid to become a Borough of Sanctuary. He also has an interest in political education and has worked as an organiser for a political education charity, organising talks and workshops as well as appearing on their podcasts and YouTube channel.