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Showcasing Impactful Engagements

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Creating impact through events

In my academic and teaching journey, I've created and facilitated diverse events, connecting scholars, practitioners, and marginalized communities. As a member of COST Action IS1306, I've organized academic panels and workshops, fostering dialogue and collaboration. These initiatives, funded and co-created by me, aim to bridge gaps and enrich educational experiences.

Explore more about these events here.

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Online Workshop on Educational Experiences of Neurodiversity

22nd April at the University of Amsterdam 

I designed and facilitated a curriculum development workshop. The structure of the event consisted of three parts, roughly equal, each starting with a plenary discussion and continuing into smaller focus groups (break-out rooms on Zoom).

 

  1. We discussed participants' neurodivergent experiences in higher education, and what teachers should know if they want to make their teaching more inclusive.

  2. We discussed what it would mean to co-create a new course on Neurodiversity  - we asked participants try to imagine theirr dream course which was fully adapted to their needs. 

  3. We discussed their co-action goals: what their needs were in terms of getting organized at UvA and how best to approach this.


Throughout the cafe there was a separate 'Reflection' breakout room where they could retire to decompress, reflect or take a break.

Teaching   Curriculum Development   Neurodiversity   Participatory Workshop Facilitation 

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Socio-Legal Ethics Masterclass

May 2023 at Inholland Hogeschool

I delivered an expert masterclass in the International Creative Business module for 4th Year Students" at InHolland Hogeschool to explain issues of ethics in research. 


I delved into the complex landscape of epistemic injustice and its impact on ethical engagement. I drew on real-life case studies and personal experiences, and I guided students in navigating the power dynamics present in their case studies, empowering them to develop more engaged ethical dialogues. I created two frameworks. The first aimed to show the power effects present in their case studies. The second half showcased weak to more engaged ethical dialogues they could develop within their research case studies.

Masterclass Workshop   Socio-Legal Ethics   Epistemic Injustice   Research Skills

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Storytelling  in Curriculum Design and Teaching for 'Smart Concepts' 

October 2022 at Inholland Hogeschool

During this narrative-focused workshop, I demonstrated the power of stories and visual narratives as tools for curriculum development. We explored various storytelling techniques to foster a connection with students, and the use of imagery to navigate intricate processes inherent in iterative design-based research. This a particularly challenging process for 1st Year students who struggle to grasp the iterative nature of their research. My proficiency in teaching, narrative engagement, and student interaction was leveraged to tackle the difficulties in creating captivating curriculums. I steered my fellow educators through dialogue and discourse, providing support and fostering innovative ideas.

Teacher Training Workshop   Storytelling  Curriculum Design   Research Skills

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Participatory Action Research with Refugees in Kuala Lumpur 

August 2020

As part of a series of 4 short web sessions related to Sustainability Dialogues, I organised Action Research with Refugees in Kuala Lumpur web-event.  Here I reconnected with my participants to discuss what participation and action research means for them. We discussed how researchers and practitioners may be able to be more inclusive. After the dialogue, we had a Q&A with other practitioners in the field of sustainability more generally. 
Video Link: Sustainability Action Dialogue: Action Research with Refugees

The outcome of this dialogue was to stress community inclusion in all aspects of research: allowing space for making decisions and taking initiative in what might best impact their lives. Ultimately, we returned to notions of participation and inclusion when connecting with refugee voices.

Knowledge Sharing Workshop   Refugees   Panel Chairing   Research Communication

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Collaboration Workshop with Muhammad Noor of Rohingya Project

February 2020 Hybrid Event in Netherlands

On 13th February 2020, I independently hosted a workshop to support a former participant from my PhD fieldwork. Muhammad Noor is the leader of the Rohingya Project, which uses concepts of digital identity to create an online financial empowerment platform for stateless Rohingya. The workshop, which took place at Tilburg University and online, aimed to create a space for collaboration and focus discussions on practical outcomes and building partnerships between the Rohingya Project and academic institutions and researchers, NGOs and legal clinics.  The sessions were divided into the projects conducted by the Rohingya Project:
Session 1: Rohingya Memory & Archiving
Session 2: Rohingya Statelessness & Digital Identity 
Session 3: Rohingya (Social) Enterprise 

Collaboration Workshop   Statelessness   Network   Facilitation   Research Dissemination

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Refugees as Development Actors; in their own Voices

May 2018 at Brickfields Asia College

I designed and organised, 'Refugees as Development Actors; in their own voices’ hosted by the Make it Right Movement at Brickfields Asia College, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. This event featured refugee-only panel discussions and connected forced migrants to civil society organisations. This event was aimed at completing my action research project by providing a platform for the participants to engage with civil society members and show the impact of their work. I trained co-research participants in presentation skills to support their event participation. The members of the audience were from high-profile NGOs and further educational institutions. Some of those who participated in my research went on to create a joint refugee and civil society platform to inform policy and wider social debate.  

End of Research  Event Chair  Forced Migrant-Led Event   Participatory Action Research   

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Valorising Voices; Refugee Lives and Voices Exhibition at the COST Action IS1306 conference New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices

September 2017 at Coimbra University 

I applied for funding from the COST Action and developed a participatory project. I designed and chaired this visual photovoice event. This event was the culmination of a 6-month project with refugee leaders. I collaborated with refugee and undocumented migrants in the Netherlands to document their lives. I organised a professional photographer to give a photography training workshop, found funding through COST Action IS1306 and resources in terms of a team required for this project. I supported Wij Zijn Hier (We Are Here), Amsterdam - a group of rejected asylum seekers who collected photos from their recent protests, food-sharing events and daily life. A local Dutch journalist also contributed her work on undocumented youth in Amsterdam. I worked closely with The Afghan Community Centre (ACC) to write consent forms and connect with their community for the exhibition. They collected photos and videos for the exhibition. I organised a way for the head of a Somali community college to contribute a short talk via video/Skype on research methods and refugee inclusion.

Photovoice Event   Event Chair   Refugees Facilitation   Participatory Action Research

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Valorising Voices; Stakeholder and Academic Panel
at the COST Action IS1306 conference New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices

September 2017 at Coimbra University 

Both events I facilitated through refugee-led projects, panels and round table discussions. Practitioners and academics responded to questions and situations posited by refugee keynote speakers who highlighted issues from their practice and experience. I facilitated a number of refugees and community NGOs to participate in the panel through engaging with them beforehand to understand their needs, organising the panel as an open dialogue and ensuring questions and topics that were inclusive. We were joined by Urban Refugees and by Photovoice.

Stakeholder Event   Panel Presenter   Facilitation   Knoweldge Sharing   Refugees

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Research Impact in Action; Refugees, New Speakers and Global Law

23rd -24th March 2017 at Tilburg University 

Organised, hosted, and presented in this conference attended by approximately 50 academics and stakeholders (refugees and NGOs). I applied to and was awarded funding for this conference from COST Action IS1306. We had mixed panels of refugees, practitioners and academics which all aimed to highlight forced migrant experiences and encourage reflective practice. We wanted to connect forced migrant voices to impact policy and practice and consider how we as researchers are a part of the process of valorising those voices. In the evening we held a conference meal organised by a local Syrian refugee who was starting up his own catering company. 

Conference Organiser   Event Chair and Facilitator   Language and Law   Refugee-led

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Network Round Table on “Migration and Asylum” at the Second Whole Action Conference

May 2016 at Hamburg University 

Between the 11th – 13th May 2016  I co-ordinated and hosted the Network Round Table on “Migration and Asylum” organised by myself and Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas at the COST Action IS1306 New Speakers Whole Action Conference in Hamburg, Germany. This event initiated my interest in the events listed above, and in further collaborating between academics from different fields and with those active in civil society and policymaking. The roundtable was attended by 50 people. At the end of the roundtable, I wrote a follow-up report and blog - migration and asylum and Brexit. 

Roundtable Facilitator   Language & Law   EU Langauge Policy on Migration and Asylum 

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COST New Speakers: Management Committee Meetings

November 2015 at University of Galway 

I actively engaged in the COST New Speakers Network, contributing to the development and consolidation of working groups focused on multilingual competence, speakerness, language policy, and power dynamics. My participation in the Galway meeting, supported by funding, involved collaborative planning and contributing to the strategic vision for the network's next phase, showcasing my involvement in international academic collaboration and event participation.

Network Organisation   Knowledge Sharing   Language  Network Planning

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COST New Speakers: New Speakerness and Professional Practice

November 2014  at Universitat de Barcelona

At the Barcelona meeting of the COST Action on "New Speakers," I organised and chaired a panel exploring the evolving economic and cultural dimensions of language. We examined how language, once primarily a cultural and political symbol, has become an economic asset in the globalized neoliberal economy. This shift has led to two prevailing views of language: as a commodifiable cultural heritage and a standardized technical skill, challenging traditional notions of authenticity.

Academic Panel Coordination   Language   Professional Practice   Panel Chair 

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COST New Speakers: Management Communtiy Meetings

March 2014 at University of Edinburgh

At the management committee meeting at Edinburgh University, my involvement in the migration and language stream led to the initiation of a panel on 'New Speakersness and Professional Practice.' This opportunity allowed me to delve into the intersections of language, identity, and professional integration, setting the stage for insightful discussions and collaborations in the field of sociolinguistics and migration studies.

Network Organisation   Language   Collaboration   Network Planning

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Philosophy 

Greater Voice

I am interested in creating events that allow for marginalised or often overlooked persons to present or find a platform to demonstrate their projects, ideas or skills. 

Increased Dialogue

Events I have organised have included workshops and panels that allow for dialogue between academic, practitioners and forced migrant actors. These events aim for greater diversity also can lead to collaboration and potentially new and innovative projects in research or development.  

Flipped Formats

Events formats also can be made more participatory. This does not mean making big changes. Event formats can be changed to find spaces that allow for genuine participation, responsive and impactful dialogue. 

Interactive 

Adding further impact-focused breakout groups both during an event and online can increase visibility and communication of the events ideas and discussions. I am interested in promoting research communication on both virtual conferences as well as interactive participatory in-person conferences. 

Memberships

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The Socio-Legal Studies Association is an academic organisation at the intersection of law, social sciences, and humanities. They are a UK-registered charity dedicated to advancing education and learning in socio-legal studies while promoting research. 

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My PhD is a part of the European Doctorate in Law and Development programme. In addition to many other achievements, this project has created a network of researchers and a community of development scholars and practitioners interested in law, development and social change. EDOLAD provided in-depth training related to PhD empirical research in Law. I have engaged with my colleagues in training and collaborated on other projects such as a special issue. 

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The Women in Refugee Law (WiRL) network was set up in 2021 by Dr Christel Querton (UWE Bristol) and Dr Moira Dustin (University of Sussex) to bring together asylum-seeking and refugee women, senior and early career scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists working in this field around the globe. The purpose of the network is to re-centre the study of refugee women within refugee law, policy and practice. I was invited to join in 2023 to take part in online discussions.

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At the end of my MSSc, I took part in a Grundtvig funded training in 'Working with Refugees and Asylum seekers'. As an outcome of that training, I started a Jiscmail to keep the participants connected and to continue to expand our knowledge on migration and asylum. Later I found several volunteers to support and expand the idea to include Facebook and Twitter. Now the Facebook group is the most active with over 4000 members - scholars, practitioners and refugees. We share news and information for conferences and events. The volunteers have also supported several of the events I organised related to refugees. This was a crash course in virtual team project management. 

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The Living Refugee Archive (LRA) is home to a growing collection of resources relating to refugees and forced migration.  The Living Refugee Archive was established as a portal to help facilitate access to digital archive materials and existing archival collections including the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London.

I support their work through my collaboration on the e-journal Displaced Voices, as editor. 

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Former affliation now ended.

 

Prior to my PhD, I started to participate in a socio-linguistics network; COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in A Multilingual Europe. I was interested in language due to my experience as a teacher and wished to continue learning about socio-linguistics. I joined conferences related to language issues, training at the PhD level, taking part in management discussions to organise conferences and organised my own events within the network. 

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Funding and Awards

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