Dr Sébastien Bachelet is a Social Anthropologist and a photographer. He grew up in France and has been living in the UK since 2005.
He works as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research interests include illegality, migration, advocacy, political subjectivity, as well as participatory and creative/visual methods, with a focus on the Maghreb, especially Morocco, and France.
Currently, he is principal investigator on the ESRC-project “Acts/Crimes of Solidarity: an ethnographic study of illegalisation and criminalisation amongst pro-migration activists and other citizens”. The project explores illegalisation and criminalisation processes amongst volunteers, activists, practitioners and other citizens in Morocco and France, where Civil Society Organisations have denounced state repression against migrants trying to cross the sea to continue their journeys and those providing assistance to them.
He is also a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project MADAR-Network Plus: Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (GCRF). In collaboration with civil society organisations and colleagues at universities in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisa, and the UK, MADAR aims to improve the humanitarian protection of vulnerable, displaced people in the Maghreb.