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.
Sociology of childhood, children's geographies, children's agency, ethnography with children