Education and Training
On this page, I have listed my educational achievements and work training related to law, development and politics.
I've also expanded on my skills and extra projects I took on alongside my studies. If you want to see a more complete list of my educational training please free feel to contact me.
PhD in Law and Development
2015 – 2019
Joint Doctorate with Tilburg University and University of Oslo as part of the European Doctorate on Law and Development (EDOLAD) programme plus doctoral level training in;
Legal Methodology Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Fieldwork Training Tartu University, Estonia
Communications with NGOs and Policy Makers Duesto University, Spain
Law in Action North-West University, South Africa
Conducted 11-month fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Worked with Syrian, Afghan, Somali and Rohingya forced migrants. Ended my fieldwork with an event in collaboration with Brickfields Asia College.
Took part in discussions for EDOLAD curriculum development committee, and Special Issue Committee. Wrote an abstract with team support 'Dialogues in Researching Law and Actors of Social Change'.
Worked collaboratively with COST Action members to hold the 'Refugee Research Impact in Action' event in Tilburg Netherlands, 2017
Was student representative for EDOLAD for the first year and took part in Consortium meetings to discuss planning for the programme 2015 - 2016.
25th – 26th July 2017
Sustainability and Social Innovation: Shaping Effective Change-makers, 2-day leadership training conducted by Prof. Dr Wayne Visser and Indira Kartallozi (IMPACTO), Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
24th July 2017
‘Economic-Value of Refugee Entrepreneurs’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted by Migrant Entrepreneurs International; United Kingdom; Impacto & UN Global Compact, Malaysia. Included participants from the Malaysian Human Rights Commission, Asylum Access and others.
During my empirical research, I was given an opportunity to participate in a set of training related to change management and vulnerable communities. The training looked at how business can connect with marginalised communities, corporate social responsibility and aspects of social entrepreneurship. We worked alongside members of government, business, NGOs and banking sector employers. The training was an enlightening perspective on collaboration and reaching across sectors.
2014 - 2018 I joined EU-funded COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges
19th – 21st April 2017 COST Action IS1306 writing retreat and workshop training in stakeholder engagement and research impact in Budapesti Metropolitan Egyetem (Budapest Metropolitan University), Hungary
During my time with COST New Speakers, I participated in sociolinguistics conferences, PhD training in methods and organisational meetings. I also organised a number of events relating to refugee research with both a socio-linguistics and legal lens.
2014 Feb to April Writing for Scholarly Publication, Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University including writing retreat
After my Masters, I chose to continue training and working towards building my skills as an academic and building practical knowledge in working with refugees. I presented my MSSc research findings in Italy, and collaborated with the participants present to create the Migration and Asylum Network social media platform.
2012 Level 3 OCN Peace and Reconciliation, Ballynafeigh Community Centre, Northern Ireland
2012 Level 2 OCN Community Development and Good Relations EGR, Tides Training, Northern Ireland
2011-2012 Active Citizenship Training British Council and South Belfast Roundtable, Northern Ireland
European Funded Training
2013 Grundtvig Grant awarded to participate and present in ECORYS 9-day training for Working with refugees and asylum seekers: good European practices for better work in Venice, Italy
MSSc at Queens University
2011- 2013 MSSc Social and Community Development, Distinction, Queens University Belfast Dissertation Research: What is the role of linguistic capital in the inclusion or exclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in civil society?
The MSSc included topics in management in civil society organisations, community engagement, asset-based community development and social entrepreneurship. I did two empirical research projects. Workplace empirical module focused on online platforms for community organisations. My final dissertation looked at the role of linguistic capital in including or excluding refugees from within civil society organisations. (you can download on Academic Research page).
During my Masters in Belfast, I spent time with local community organisations which worked on peace projects within the Northern Irish communities and with HAPANI, a refugee-led organisation. I also engaged in Peace III training and had a chance to understand the community conflicts at a deeper level.
2010 VSO International Development and managing volunteer placements training weekends; managing volunteer situations, awareness of international development issues, training in the use of facilitation and participatory methods of working in development.
After my BA in Politics, I decided to leave London and looked into the opportunity to join VSO. I passed two in-depth interviews and joined the program. I was offered a placement in Vietnam - however, due to political changes to the funding and my own health issue I was unable to go to the placement. I did nevertheless complete my VSO fieldwork training, which gave practical training on facilitation and holding workshops in situations with low-level resources as well as health and safety, and project planning in development contexts. I hosted a music event to fundraise for the organisation.
BA at SOAS
2009 BA Politics School of Oriental and African Studies
I started my undergraduate degree in Japanese and Politics. I studied for a short time in Japan. However, after a few years, I decided that a career in Japanese was not for me. Nevertheless, studying Japanese gave me the ability to take time to learn how to communicate with people from a different background to myself. It further my passion for language and language learning methodologies. I eventually switched to Politics and was exposed to SOAS's perspectives on critical theory and postmodernism. Theories which I have continued to engage with until today.
In term of teaching. I also received in-house teacher training from different schools I worked in London on teaching methodologies, language experience, teaching literacy and addressing special educational needs, classroom management, lesson planning and curriculum development.
I have been lucky that my education and training provided me with more opportunities to be creative and use my 'out of the box' thinking. I have been able to get opportunities to gain experience across fields and use my transferable skills to manage projects related to; teaching, community development, research and academic events. Click the pdf icon and take a look at my full CV.
Funding and Awards
Please take a look at the work that I completed which was supported through the support of funders and grant-awarding bodies.