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Ms Jiniya Afroze

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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
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Professional biography

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.

Research interests

Sociology of childhood, everyday violence, children's geographies, international 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 

News

OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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