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Dr Yara Evans


Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2777
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 202


My academic background is in Human Geography. After obtaining my doctorate degree in 2004 from the University of Wales Aberystwyth I joined the School of Geography at Queen Mary. For the most part I have been engaged in research projects that explore the work and life experiences of immigrants in London. Between 2004 and 2007 I was part of a team that investigated the experiences of immigrants in the low-paid sector of London’s economy (more details on the Global Cities at Work website). I have since been engaged in research that investigated the strategies that immigrants employ to manage their finances, as well as research that examined the experiences of Latin Americans of working and living in London, often focusing on Brazilians. I am also a member of the Brazilian Migration to the UK Group (further info on:, which conducts research on various aspects of the Brazilian immigration experience in the UK.

I will be working as a post-doctoral research assistant with Professor Cathy McIlwaine on the ESRC project Healthy, Secure and Gender Just Cities: Transnational Perspectives on Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Rio de Janeiro and London.




  • Wills, J., Datta, K., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., May, J. and McIlwaine, C. (2010) Global Cities at Work: new migrant divisions of labour, Pluto Press: London.

Book Chapters

  • Datta, K., McIlwaine, C., Herbert, J., Evans, Y. May, J. and Wills, J. (2012) ‘Global workers for global cities: low-paid migrant labour in London’, in Derudder, B., Hoyler, M., Taylor, P.J. and Witlox, F. (eds) International handbook of Globalization and World Cities, Edward Elgar:  Cheltenham, 390-397.
  • Wills, J., Datta, K., McIlwaine, C., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., and May, J. (2011) ‘Immigration, local regional and uneven development’, in Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Local and Regional Development, Routledge: London, 449–459.
  • Wills, J., McIlwaine, C.; Datta, K., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., May, J. and (2010) ‘New migrant divisions of labour’, in Coe, N., and  Jones, A. (eds) The Economic Geography of the UK, Sage: London, 225–238.
  • May, J., Datta, K., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., McIlwaine, C., and Wills, J. (2010) ‘Travelling neoliberalism: Polish and Ghanaian migrants workers in London’, in Smith, A., Stenning, A. and Willis, K. (eds) Social Justice and Neoliberalism: Global perspectives, Zed: London.

Journal Articles 

  • Evans, Y., Tonhati, T., Dias, G., Brightwell, M., Sheringham, O., Souza, A., and Souza, C. (2011) ‘Brazilians in London: a report’, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 36(71): 235–248. DOI:10.1080/08263663.2011.10817006.
  • Evans, Y.,Brightwell, M.G., Dias, G., Sheringham, O., Souza, A., Souza, C., Tonhati, T. (2011)‘Em busca de uma vida melhor’: brasileiras e brasileiros em Londres’, Temas de Antropología y Migración (2).
  • Datta, K., McIlwaine, C., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., May, J., and Wills, J. (2010) ‘A migrant ethic of care? Negotiating care and caring among migrant workers in London's low pay economy’, Feminist Review (94), 93–116.
  • Wills, J., May, J., Datta, K., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., and McIlwaine, C. (2009) ‘London’s Migrant Division of Labour’, European Urban and Regional Studies (3): 257–271.
  • Wills, J., Datta, K., Evans, Y., Herbert, J., May, J. and McIlwaine, C. (2009) ‘Religion at work: the role of faith-based organisations in living wage campaigns for immigrant workers in London’, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society: 1–19.
  • Herbert, J., May, J., Wills, J., Datta, K., Evans, Y. and McIlwaine, C. (2008) 'Multicultural living? Experiences of everyday racism amongst Ghanaian migrants in London', European Urban and Regional Studies, 15: 2, 103-117.
  • Evans, Y., Wills, J., Datta, K., Herbert, J., McIlwaine, C. and May, J. (2007) ‘Subcontracting by stealth’ in London’s hotels: impacts and implications for labour organising’, Just Labour: a Canadian journal of Work and Society, 10: 85-97, published online.
  • Evans, Y. and Smith, A. (2006) ‘Surviving at the margins? De-industrialisation, the creative industries, and upgrading in London’s garment sector’, Environment and Planning A, 28(12): 2253-2269.


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