Links to versions of my articles, reports, briefings, and selected conference papers are available on this page.

Peer Reviewed Articles

Allen, William (Forthcoming). Making Corpus Data Visible: Visualising Text with Research Intermediaries. Corpora, 12(3). [accepted version link]

Allen, William and Bastian Vollmer (2017). Clean Skins: Making the ‘e-Border’ Security Assemblage. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. doi: 10.1177/0263775817722565. [OPEN ACCESS; publisher link]

Allen, William, Bridget Anderson, Nicholas Van Hear, Madeleine Sumption, Lena Rose, Jennifer Hough, Rachel Humphris, and Sarah Walker (2017). Who Counts in Crises? The New Geopolitics of International Migration and Refugee Governance. Geopolitics. doi:10.1080/14650045.2017.1327740. [OPEN ACCESS; publisher link]

Kennedy, Helen, Rosemary Lucy Hill, William Allen, and Andy Kirk (2016). (Big) Data Visualisations and Their Users: How Socio-cultural Factors Challenge Existing Definitions of Effectiveness. First Monday, 21(11). [OPEN ACCESS; publisher link]

Kennedy, Helen, Rosemary Lucy Hill, Giorgia Aiello, and William Allen (2016). The Work that Visualisation Conventions Do. Information, Communication & Society, 19(6): 715-735. [accepted version link; publisher link]

Allen, William (2016). Factors that Impact How Civil Society Intermediaries Perceive Evidence. Evidence & Policy. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426416X14538259555968 [publisher link]. Winner of the inaugural 2016 Carol Weiss Prize for Best Paper in Evidence & Policy by an Early Career Researcher.

Blinder, Scott and William Allen (2015). Constructing Immigrants: UK Press Portrayals of Migrant Groups, 2010-2012. International Migration Review, 50(1): 3-40. [publisher link]

Allen, William  (2015). “We Are Sitting on a Time Bomb”: A Multiperspectival Approach to Inter-National Development at an East African Border. Geopolitics, 20(2): 381-403. [publisher link]

Allen, William (2013). ‘I am From Busia!’: Everyday Trading and Health Service Provision at the Kenya-Uganda Border as Place-Making Activities. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 28(3): 291-306 [publisher link]

Editor Reviewed Journal Articles

Easton-Calabria, Evan and William Allen (2015). Developing Ethical Approaches to Data and Civil Society: From Availability to Accessibility. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research [OPEN ACCESS; publisher link]

Book Chapter

Kennedy, Helen and William Allen (2017). ‘Data visualisation as an emerging tool for online research’, in N.G. Fielding, R.M. Lee and G. Blank (eds) The Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods, 2nd edition, London: Sage. [publisher link]

Working Papers

Allen, William (2014). Big Talk about Big Data: Discourses of ‘Evidence’ and Data in British Civil Society. Communities and Culture Network+ Working Paper Series [pdf]

Blinder, Scott and William Allen (2014). Constructing Immigrants: Portrayals of Migrant Groups in British Newspapers, 2010-2012. Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society: University of Oxford, WP-14-117 [pdf]

Allen, William (2012). Going Through Border Places: Security Practices and Local Perceptions of Insecurity as Filtration at the Kenya-Uganda Border. Centre for International Borders Research Working Paper Series: Queens University Belfast, 24 [pdf]

Reports and Briefings

Migration in the News

Allen, William (2016). A Decade of Immigration in the British Press. Migration Observatory Report, COMPAS: University of Oxford [link]

Vicol, Dora-Olivia and William Allen (2014). Bulgarians and Romanians in the British National Press, 1 December 2012-1 December 2013. Migration Observatory Report, COMPAS: University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William and Scott Blinder (2013). Migration in the News: National UK Press Coverage of Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees from 2010 to 2012. Migration Observatory Report: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William and Scott Blinder (2012). Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, and Identity Language in the British Press: A Case Study in Monitoring and Analysing Print Media. Migration Observatory Report: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William (2012). UK Migration, Political Elites, and Public Opinion, Possibilities for Large-Scale Analysis of British Print Media Coverage. Migration Observatory Scoping Study: COMPAS, University of Oxford [pdf]

Migration and Public Opinion

Blinder, Scott and William Allen (2016). UK Public Opinion Towards Immigration: Overall Attitudes and Level of Concern. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Migration in the 2015 UK General Election

Allen, William and Madeleine Sumption (2015). UK Migration Policy Since the 2010 General Election. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William and Madeleine Sumption (2015). Enforcement: Enforced Removals and Voluntary Departures of People Violating Immigration Law. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William and Madeleine Sumption (2015). Migration and Welfare Benefits. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Migration in Scotland

Allen, William (2014). Migrant Stocks in Scotland: International Comparisons. Migration Observatory Briefing, COMPAS: University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William (2013). Long Term International Migration Flows To and From Scotland. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William (2013). Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of International Migration Flows to Scotland. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Allen, William (2013). Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of International Emigration from Scotland. Migration Observatory Briefing: COMPAS, University of Oxford [link]

Conference Papers

Allen, William and Scott Blinder (2016, April). Immigration Narratives in the British Press, 2006-2015. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Meeting (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Allen, William (2015, September). How Do Civil Society Organisations Perceive ‘Evidence-Based’ Research, and What Opportunities Does This Present for Research Practice? Paper presented at the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, UK)

Allen, William (2015, July). Seeing Corpus Data: Lessons from Visualising UK Press Portrayals of Migrants. Paper presented at the 2015 Corpus Linguistics Conference, Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK)

Allen, William (2015, June). What Do Data Accomplish for Civil Society Organisations? The Case of Migration and Social Welfare in the UK. Paper presented at the Data Power Conference, University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK)

Kennedy, Helen, Giorgia Aiello, Rosemary Lucy Hill, and William Allen (2015, June). What Can a Visualisation Do? Power and the Visual Representation of Data. Paper presented at the Data Power Conference, University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK)

Allen, William (2015, April). Robust Knowledge, Dirty Research, Proof of Impact? Perceptions of ‘Evidence’ and Data in British Civil Society Organisations. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, UK).

Kennedy, Helen, William Allen, Rosemary Lucy Hill, Andy Kirk (2015, April). Seeing Data: How Do People Interact with Data Visualisations? Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, UK).

Allen, William (2014, October). Does Comprehensiveness Matter? Reflections on Analysing and Visualising UK Press Portrayals of Migrant Groups. Poster presented at the 2014 Computation + Journalism Symposium, Columbia University (New York, USA) [full paper pdf]

Allen, William and Scott Blinder (2014, April). Constructing Immigrants: Portrayals of Migrant Groups in British Newspapers, 2010-2012. Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Allen, William and Scott Blinder (2013, September). UK Press Portrayal of Migrant Groups: A Public-Facing Application of Corpus Linguistic Analysis to Newspaper Texts. Paper presented at the ‘New Directions in Analysing Text as Data’ Conference, London School of Economics (London, UK)

Allen, William (2011, September). ‘I am From Busia!’: Making Place Out of Partition at the Kenya-Uganda Border Through Everyday Activity. Paper accepted to the African Borders Research Network International Conference (Lisbon, Portugal)

Allen, William (2011, May). ‘We Just Cross!’: Perceptions, Power, and Development at the Kenya-Uganda Border. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (Seattle, Washington, USA) [pdf]

Allen, William (2009, March). Development and Migrant Rights: Towards Durable Solutions. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Book Reviews

Allen, William (2014). Review of From Popular Culture to Everyday Life, by John Storey, London School of Economics Review of Books [link]

Allen, William (2014). Review of Olympic Housing: A Critical Review of London 2012’s Legacy, by Penny Bernstock, London School of Economics Review of Books [link]

Allen, William (2014). Review of Are We All Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins, London School of Economics Review of Books [pdf]