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Academic/Development Specialist with specific interest in nationality, ethnicity, governance, religion and risk of persecution.

Joseph Mullen
Senior Fellow University of Manchester (Hon.); Senior Lecturer in International Development University of Manchester IDPM (1981-2003); United Nations (1985/6) (1989/91) Assoc. Professor University of Wisconsin (1980-1981)


Academic Qualifications: Ph.D. African Politics (Edin) Licence: comparative religion/Arabic  (Fra.)

Specific Areas of expertise: Ethnicity, risk of persecution, conflict, post-conflict human rights regimes, religious persecution, convention reasons for asylum

Experience of work with national or international organisations: United Nations, European Parliament, DFID, Govts. Of Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and Australia, UK FCO, Commonwealth Secretariat;  NGOs

Countries and 'in-country' areas visited: Tanzania (70-75/94/95/ 2000/2002-3) Burundi (1989/91; 98) Rwanda(1989/91; 98; 2000) Somalia (1988/89, 1994, 2005/06 and 2009); Burma (1985-86); Syria (1987-88), Egypt (1997; 98, 2000) Bhutan (1988-89) Bosnia (2002)


Has been called to submit expert evidence in four Country Guidance cases and provided expert evidence to over 300 First and Upper Tier Tribunal cases in addition to Immigration jurisdictions in the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, U.S. and Australia. Expertise and specialist interest is in nationality verification and authentication, ethnicity, minorities-religious and political- and the risk of persecution.


3 books/monographs; 19 peer reviewed articles; 50 plus consultancy reports for international agencies

French (fluent); Swahili (fluent); Arabic (basic)
Ethnic groups expertise: 
National Minority groups as per countries of expertise`; risk of persecution
Political groups expertise: 
Governance and democracy; bribery and corruption
Religious groups expertise: 
Risks of persecution of minorities
Other social groups expertise: 
Poverty and Social Exclusion; prison regimes
Contact email: 
Tel. 01323 646805 Mob. 07905 182933
7 St. Gabriel House 4 Darley Road Eastbourne West Sussex BN20 OJF
Countries of expertise:
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Tunisia