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Born in India but brought up in Birmingham. I qualified as a social worker from Ruskin College, Oxford. Along with being a registered social worker with the HCPC I hold an MSc in Development Studies. For the last 25 years I have taught in the university sector, primarily on social work, social policy and community development programmes but have extensive experience on teaching on issues of migration, refugees and race.

I currently have a research application with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to investigate ‘social work education and practice with refugees and displaced people in Kurdistan, Iraq and Ukraine'. In 2012 I was part of a UNICEF funding project that evaluated social work education and practice in Kurdistan.

Areas of expertise

My personal and professional interests are in the area of anti-discriminatory practice, refugees, conflict and social/community work.


I have published on social work in the context on conflict zones. Currently I am writing on international terrorism, faith-based social work, neo-liberalism and social work. Some aspects of the articles will be investigating the Prevent strategy.


In January 2018 I shall be delivering a paper at the 20th International Conference on Migration, Development and Human Security.

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