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Laura Shobiye

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Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Laura Shobiye is a PhD research student in the School of Social Sciences exploring the learning experiences of  mothers seeking sanctuary in Wales. She is carrying out a longitudinal qualitative study, which involves interviews and creative methods for thematic and narrative analysis. Her work is largely informed by Critical Race Theory and Intersectional Feminism.

Laura was one of the co-founders of the Migration, Ethnicity, Race & Diversity research group (MEAD), co-convening the group from December 2019 to July 2021.


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Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the social construction of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK , particularly gendered constructions. I will be exploring the role of learning and education in fostering social inclusion and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.  My key areas of interest are:

  • migration and refugee studies

  • gender

  • education

  • social and cultural inclusion/social and cultural exclusion 

  • inequality

  • motherhood

I am interested in collaborative research and my PhD is a collaborative project with the third sector organisation, Oasis Cardiff and I also work with the Welsh Refugee Coalition. I am also keen to explore visual and creative methods for supporting qualitative interviews where language skills may be a barrier to communication.

Learn more about my work by watching her prize winning 3 minute thesis (3MT) here.

Publications and Presentations

"Researching Displaced Mothers as a Racialised British Mother" - Social Science Doctoral Conference at Cardiff University June 2020

"Educational Misrecognition and (not) Belonging - Experiences of Displaced Mothers in Wales" - British Education Research Association Conference 2021

"Racialised coercion on mothers and their children seeking asylum in Wales" - submitted to Ethnic and Racial Studies, July 2021

Traethawd ymchwil

Exploring the learning experiences of forced migrant mothers in Wales

My research explores the experiences and perspectives of mothers seeking sanctuary, focusing on experiences related to learning and places of learning in Wales. Epistemologically, I use Crtitical Race Theory, Intersectional Feminism and decolonial approaches as frameworks for my work. I conducted my research using qualitative methods of semi-structured interviews and visual data elicitation (drawings and photographs). My findings show a heterogenous group, very different from the public image of asylum-seeking women. I seek to highlight the hetereogenity of this legally and socially constructed group of women along as well as some commonalities in the impacts of those constructions on their experiences of learning and education.

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Katy Greenland

Dr Katy Greenland

Senior Lecturer


Yr Athro Sin Yi Cheung

Reader in Sociology, Director for International and Engagement