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I am originally from the UK and am currently based in the Netherlands.
I see myself as a community-driven educator, and researcher focused on creating systemic change. My work is dedicated to understanding and providing platforms for marginalized voices by focusing on decoloniality, gender justice, and the narratives of forcibly displaced communities. Each project I undertake intertwines a deep academic rigour with a commitment to ethical, community-led advocacy.
I've dedicated my career to developing educational programs, in often challenging contexts, that not only inform but also empower. With a strong foundation in academic curriculum development, community engagement, and project management, my journey has been about connecting with diverse communities and bringing about transformative change
Participatory Community Engagement
Participatory Action Research
Localization of Rights
Course Development with Academic Institutions, For-Profit Organisations and NGOs
Networks and Memberships
Social Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
Women in Refugee Law (WiRL)
Editorial Board Member of Journal of Displaced Voices
European Doctorate in Law and Development
Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research
Recent Publications, Events and Workshops
Co-writing and Inclusive Publishing
Forced Migration Review lssue 70: Knowledge, Voice and Power
Here I wrote about the challenges of co-writing and publishing with refugee and asylum-seeking participants, and how the academic publication industry creates barriers for marginalised voices.
Upcoming Projects, Presentations, Publications and more...
A pivotal exploration into law and development, setting the stage for my defence. 1st March.
Ph.D Defence Law and Development
An in-depth journey through the voices and rights of forced migrants, challenging traditional perceptions. 6th March.
Neurodiversity: Participation in Education and Research
A course development project, partnering with colleagues from the University of Amsterdam and Inholland Hogeschool. I'm co-developing an innovative, inclusively designed master's elective, set to debut in 2025, focusing on Participatory Action-Based Research (PAR) with neurodiverse communities - see here.
Academic Writing with Erasmus University
Leveraging my expertise in academic writing, I'm guiding biomedical students at Erasmus University to refine their writing skills, ensuring they effectively communicate complex research ideas and findings. This role underscores my commitment to enhancing students' academic proficiency and fostering their success in the biomedical field. Courses start from Mid-March.
Presentation at SLSA Conference
March 26th-28th 2024, Imaginaries of Law, Borders and Rights: Forced Migrant Voices of Change, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), University of Portsmouth. In my presentation, I will examine the intersection of law, borders, and the narratives of forced migrants, revealing their influence on redefining legal consciousness and advocating for social justice. This exploration emphasizes the powerful role of migrant voices in shaping new legal and social landscapes.
Shifting Discourse in Rule of Law Development Policy
In collaboration with former PhD colleagues, I'm offering expert input on participatory community engagement for a project focusing on integrating decolonial perspectives into rule of law (ROL) development. The aim is to transition from traditional top-down approaches to more inclusive, community-driven policy-making, thereby connecting decolonial theoretical insights with practical ROL applications and fostering people-centered interventions.
Learn More about My Research, Education, Teaching and Community-Led Projects
Joint Doctorate in Law and Development
Tilburg University and University of Oslo
Participatory Action Research in Malaysia
Borderscapes - borders and law
Creative storytelling & academic fusion text
Deep qualitative analysis with Atlas.ti
Impactful publications & co-authoring with communities
MSSc in Social and Community Development
School of Oriental and African Studies
Political, Community & Legal Aspects in Development
In-depth Exploration of the Global South, Displacement and Asylum
Comprehensive Development Insight
Multidisciplinary Analysis & Solution Crafting
Communication in Science,
Academic Writing Lecturer and Module Leader
Leiden University Medical Centre,
International Teaching Experience (8+ years)
Multidisciplinary Academic Course Design
Reflective Pedagogies & Curriculum Innovation
Proficiency in E-Learning Platforms including: Canvas, Blackboard, and Moodle.
Created training for trainers and teachers for specialist courses.
Community Driven Projects with forced migrant-led initiatives
Afghan and more
Co-creation through co-publication and co-presentation
Localising Knowledge Integration operational support incl. capacity-building training, co-creating guidelines for partnerships, data protection guides, strategic reviews, and community profiles.
Leadership in 15+ Community Projects
Stakeholder Engagement Expertise
Utilized PAR, Agile, MEAL, Adaptive Design
Coordinated 5 plus International Academic Events
Global Network Engagement and Organisation
Networks & Partnerships for Empowerment
12+ International Presentations
Teaching, Research &
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