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Dr Nafhesa Ali


Department: Social Sciences

Nafhesa is a Lecturer in Sociology and an interdisciplinary Sociologist with expertise in migration and the everyday lives of racialised and minority communities. Nafhesa actively works to promote inclusive research methods and participatory research that aims to decolonize methodological approaches and pedagogy.

She is a Co-I for the ‘Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability (TIES)’ Leverhulme-funded project and a Honorary SCI Fellow at the University of Manchester. Prior to this role, Nafhesa was a PDRA on the AHRC Storying Relationships project at the University of Sheffield. 

Nafhesa completed her PhD in 2015 and her monograph with Palgrave Macmillan, based on her PhD research, titled Older South Asian women’s experiences of ageing in the UK: Intersectional feminist perspectives will be published in December 2023. 

Nafhesa’s other publications include a co-authored book, Storying Relationships (2021) and is co-editor for A Match Made in Heaven: British Muslim Women write about Love and Desire (2020). Nafhesa has journal publications in Sexualities, Ethnicities, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Cultural Geographies.  

She is also a member of the British Academy Net Zero Reference group.

Nafhesa Ali

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Holding up a mirror: researching symmetrically to explore exclusion, othering and whiteness in local environmental governance, MacGregor, S., Ali, N., Katz-Gerro, T., Walker, C., Ahmed, Z. 19 Jan 2024, In: Local Environment
  • “The religions are engaging: tick, well done”: the invisibilization and instrumentalization of Muslim climate intermediaries, Tobin, P., Ali, N., Macgregor, S., Ahmad, Z. 3 Sep 2023, In: Policy Studies
  • ‘Unequal mobilities and global social inequalities’, Ahmed, A., Chesterton, L., Ali, N. 10 Feb 2023, Social Inequalities, London, SAGE
  • When history empowers: Recovering the life stories of the begums of Bhopal for women’s learning and gender equality, Lambert-Hurley, S., Iyengar, R., Ali, N. Oct 2023, In: History Workshop Journal
  • Working with community interviewers in social and cultural research, Hopkins, P., Pande, R., Ali, N., Chambers, C., Phillips, R. 1 Sep 2022, In: Area
  • Reflexive storytelling: Muslim women laughing in the library, Ali, N. 20 Jan 2021, Creative Writing for Social Research, UK, Policy Press
  • Storying Relationships: Young British Muslims Speak and Write about Sex and Love, Phillips, R., Chambers, C., Ali, N., Karmakar, I., Diprose, K. 25 Mar 2021
  • A Match Made in Heaven: British Muslim Women Write About Love and Desire, Chambers, C., Ali, N., Phillips, R. 27 Aug 2020

  • Sociology PhD July 13 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2023

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