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Dr Nafhesa Ali

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Nafhesa is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Northumbria University 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 through creative methodologies.

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

Nafhesa completed her PhD in 2015 and her monograph based on her PhD research, titled Older South Asian Women’s Experiences of Ageing in the UK: Intersectional Feminist Perspectives is out now and has been published with Palgrave Macmillan (2024).

Nafhesa’s 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.  

Nafhesa is a UNESCO Policy Advisor and 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. 3 May 2024, In: Local Environment
  • Older South Asian Migrant Women’s Experiences of Ageing in the UK: Intersectional Feminist Perspectives, Ali, N. 14 Mar 2024
  • “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

  • Sociology PhD July 13 2015
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2024
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2023


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