Research with refugees: taking care not to cut a long story short
Blog, 28 February 2022
Deena has conducted ethnographic and participatory research with refugee and migrant populations in East Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and worked on multi-disciplinary projects building partnerships with civil society to work towards more inclusive urban spaces.
Deena is a researcher on the GCRF-ESRC project ‘Protracted displacement in an urban world’, a large-scale comparative study examining wellbeing and livelihoods in cities and camps in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya.
She is co-investigator on the British Academy project ‘Rethinking humanitarian aid for refugees as investment in urban water and sanitation’, a multidisciplinary project that brings together engineers and social scientists to investigate water technologies alongside the social relationships around water, including gender relationships and refugee-host relationships.
Deena is also co-investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project ‘Living in difference and in common: urban refugees and convivial cultures in Kenya’ that combines ethnographic research and film to document displaced people and civic actors’ practices and contributions to convivial culture in urban centres.
Ethnographic and participatory research; borders, migration and citizenship; building partnerships with civil society; inclusive urban spaces.
Wellbeing in contexts of displacement; conviviality in migrant cities; water, gender and refugee-host relationships.