I am a doctoral candidate at the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. My research project, funded by the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), explores the everyday experiences of children in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. As members of the Urdu-speaking Bihari community, the everyday lives of children living in the slum are intertwined with complex historical, political, social, spatial, and economic realities. In my research, I critically explore how, at the intersection of physical, structural, and symbolic violence, children construct, negotiate and exercise their agency to respond to the everyday violence at home, at camp, at school, and at work.
Underpinned by studies of the sociology of childhood and studies of everyday violence, this research embraces a generational framework to bring out a critical and nuanced understanding of children’s experiences of everyday violence in a slum in Bangladesh. I conducted a nine-month long ethnographic research and used participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and group discussions to gather data in one of the Bihari camps in Bangladesh.
I come from an international development background. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked with Save the Children in Bangladesh in programs to support children's right to protection. Earlier, I completed my MA in International Communications and Development from City, University of London, with a distinction. My MA dissertation looked at the representation of gender in natural disaster news during disasters in Bangladeshi newspapers. I did my MA and BA in English Literature from the University of Dhaka.
Sociology of childhood, everyday violence, children's geographies, international children's rights, child protection, children's agency, ethnography with children