Immigration, asylum seekers and refugees, Postcoloniality, Decolonisation, gender, Somali Diaspora, Race and identity
I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in Sociology and Cultural Studies and expertise in displaced migration in the Global North, race, migration and decolonisation, and the politics of belonging among Somali-Scots populations. I currently am a Research Fellow on the GLIMER (Governance and Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees) Project. I gained my PhD in Cultural Research from Heriot-Watt University, for which my thesis, entitled Somali Voices in Glasgow City: Who Speaks? Who Listens? An Ethnography was awarded the MacFarlane Prize for outstanding contribution to research in 2017. A monograph based on this research is currently under contract with Palgrave MacMillan.
My research interests include interactions of race and displaced migration in (post)colonial spatial economies, the intersection of gender, race and border controls in policy contexts, and decolonising methodologies.
Other research activities
I am currently an Associate Editor for Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, a contributor to the Scottish Government’s New Scots evidence group, and a Trustee of the Board for Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow.
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 an associate of the Intercultural Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, and am also an alumna of the Transformations Doctoral Network, a European network of anthropologists and ethnographers based at Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet.