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Laura Shobiye

Research student,


Laura Shobiye is a PhD research student in the School of Social Sciences exploring the learning experiences of forced migrant mothers in Wales. She is carrying out a longitudinal qualitative study, which involves textual and visual 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). She recently stepped down from her role as co-convenor of the group.


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 forced migrants.  My key areas of interest are:

  • forced migration

  • 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.


Exploring the learning experiences of forced migrant mothers in Wales

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