I am a Research Fellow working on the JPI ERA Net / Horizon 2020 GLIMER (Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe's Refugees) Project with Prof. Nasar Meer in Sociology. The GLIMER Project works with partners across four sites (Italy, Cyprus, Sweden and Scotland) to investigate the extent to which local governance of newly arrived refugees impacts experiences and processes of integration.
I received a PhD in Cultural Research from Heriot-Watt University for a thesis on Somali Voices in Glasgow City: Who Speaks? Who Listens? An Ethnography. Funded by a James Watt Scholarship, my PhD research was based on ethnographic work conducted with Somali groups and individuals in Glasgow, and was interested in the extent to which Somali people felt they 'had voice' both in Glasgow and in Scotland. The thesis foregrounded interdisciplinarity, decolonising practices and participatory methods to interrogate the social, structural and communicative conditions in Scotland that preclude experiences of both 'voice' and voicelessness for Somali people in Glasgow. I am currently developing the thesis into a monograph.
The thesis was awarded the 2017 MacFarlane Prize by Heriot-Watt for the most outstanding contribution to the research of the University.
During my PhD, I was part of the UK research team for the EU-funded RADAR (Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism) Project, led by the University of Perugia. In 2015, I completed an internship with the Strategy Unit for the Scottish Government. I am also an alumna of the Transformations Doctoral Network, a European network of anthropologists and ethnographers based at Ludwig Maximillian Universität München.