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I am a Senior Research Fellow (Asylum and Migration) in the School of Human and Health Sciences and the Just Futures Centre for Child, Youth, Family and Community Research at the University of Huddersfield. My expertise has also developed through working as a manager at WomenCentre with women seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants, and over 25 years of service delivery with migrant and refugee organisations. 

I am currently the Co-I on a multidisciplinary participatory action research project CHiLL: ‘Children’s lives in changing places’ (2022-2024), looking at the changing significance of neighbourhood spaces on children’s lives as part of the Global Growing up in Cities project. Led by Professor Helen Lomax and Professor Barry Percy-Smith, University of Huddersfield, and in association with the University of Lincoln and the Open University as well as international and national academic and policy stakeholders, the project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation (£348,000).

I was the Co-I for ‘Corona Chronicles: Children researching their everyday lives, education and relationships during the coronavirus pandemic’ (2021-2022) led by Professor Helen Lomax. Funded by the British Academy (£10,000), we researched inclusively with children in order to hear directly from them about the impacts of the pandemic on their everyday lives, education and relationships. Find out about 'Corona Chronicles' and access videos and resources enabling children to research their everyday lives and wellbeing.

I am the Research Lead for Feminist Spaces, shared and alongside Dr. Anna Davidson and Dr. Grainne McMahon. This research has built a collaborative, capacity-releasing network by pairing up UK and European-based projects of resistance with a range of allied projects in less economically developed countries. Project partners include the Racial Justice Network (West Yorkshire) and RAPAR (Manchester).

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Feminist narrative methodologies
  • Concepts of vulnerability and resistance
  • Participatory, visual and creative methods
  • Narrative constructions of asylum and migration
  • Policy and practice related to asylum


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