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Ms Jiniya Afroze

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Professional biography

I am a full time PhD research student 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), aims to explore everyday experiences of children who are living in an Urdu-speaking Bihari camp in Bangladesh. This research is framed within sociology of childhood and children's geographies, which considers children's views in constructing knowledge about their socio-spatial lives. This research adopts an ethnographic approach with the combination of participatory methods of data production, including participant observation, semi-structured interviews, group discussions and key informant interviews.

Prior to starting my PhD, I have worked in the Child Protection Program at Save the Children in Bangladesh for six years. As part of my responsibilities, I provided technical and managerial leadership to the Children without Appropriate Care Program at the Child Protection Sector. My professional experience of working with the children has built strong understanding and insight among me to pursue a PhD in this issue that I consider highly relevant and important given the urban sociocultural context of present day Bangladesh.

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. Earlier, I did my MA and BA in English Literature from the University of Dhaka.

Research interests

Sociology of childhood, children's geographies, children's rights, child protection, children's agency, ethnography with children 

Impact and engagement

  • 'Aspirations of children in the culture of everyday violence'. Paper presentation. Theorizing young people’s aspirations in a global context: an interdisciplinary conference, Brunel University, London. 27-28 March 2018
  • ‘Voices of the children on violence’. Paper presentation. 15th European Regional Conference of International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Hague, the Netherlands. 1-4 October 2017
  • ‘Don’t blame the children, blame the environment’: Realizing childhood in an Urdu-speaking Bihari community in Bangladesh. Panel presentation, ‘‘Other’ Childhoods: Theories, approaches and methods’ in RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017. Royal Geographic Society, London, UK. 30 August 2017
  • ‘Children’s understanding of risks across spaces’. Paper presentation. Biennial International Children and Childhoods Conference 2017. University of Suffolk, UK, 18-19 July 2017
  • ‘Influences of birth orders in children’s wellbeing in Bangladesh’. Paper presentation. Pathways to Resilience IV Conference, organized by The Resilience Research Centre (RRC) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada in association with Optentia Research Focus Area from the North-West University, South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 June 2017
  • ‘Children’s agencies and realizations of child protection risks across generations’. 10th Biennial AAGE Conference on Culture Commitment and Care across the Life Course organized by the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, Oxford Brookes University, UK, 8-9 June 2017
  • ‘Children’s agencies and realizations of child protection risks across generations’. WELS Postgraduate Student Conference. The Open University, UK. 5 June 2017
  • ‘Risks and resilience of children in urban slums in Bangladesh’. Poster presentation. ‘Exploring childhood studies in the Global South’, The University of Sheffield, UK, 19-21 January 2016 


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