Dr Ian Patel

Dr Ian Patel

BJS LSE Fellow in Human Rights

Department of Sociology

Room No
STC S114
Key Expertise
Human Rights, Justice, and Migration

About me

Dr Patel joined LSE Human Rights in 2017. Prior to this, he was Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS, University of London, and before that Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International State Crime Initiative at King's College London, School of Law. He gained his PhD from Cambridge University.

He specializes in historically grounded approaches to human rights, justice, and migration. His research interests include international politics, intellectual history, global history, the politics of knowledge, and race and immigration.

His book, We’re Here Because You Were There, examines the history of immigration in the context of the end of the British empire. It presents a transnational study of British imperialism and migration, with a focus on South Asian migration from East Africa in the 1960s and early 1970s. Drawing on archival materials, the book reveals correlations between twentieth-century trends in British imperialism and immigration, with an emphasis on the immigration crises of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  

Selected Publications


 Patel, I. ( April 2021), We’re Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire, London: Verso.



 Journal Articles

 Patel, I. (2012), ‘The Role of Testimony and Testimonial Analysis in Human Rights Advocacy and Research’, State Crime, Pluto Press, vol. 1, no.2.

 Patel, I. and C. Mullin (2015) ‘Governing Revolt: EU-North Africa Relations after the ‘Arab Spring’ Uprisings’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, vol. 9 iss.2, pp.162-189.

 Patel, I. and C. Mullin (2016), ‘Contesting Transitional Justice as Liberal Governance in Revolutionary Tunisia’, Conflict and Society: Advances in Research, special Issue, vol.2, iss.2, pp.104-124.


Expertise Details

Human Rights; Justice; and Migration