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Our network members include:

Dr Mel Cooper, University of Bradford

[email protected] I am a Reader in Maternity and Migrant health. I am particularly interested in the interaction between migrant women and health services in terms of access, experiences and outcomes and how interventions can be developed to support this interaction.

Rose McCarthy, Refugee Council, Leeds

[email protected] I am the Manager of the Health Access for Refugees Programme (HARP) and an NCT Expert Practitioner. I work with researchers to place Experts by Experience at the centre of research projects so that the reality that asylum seekers and refugees experience is used to influence policy and practice.

Aleksandra Bardon, Lancashire County Council

[email protected] I am Refugee Health and Wellbeing Commissioner at Lancashire County Council and my work focuses on access to health, mental health and projects supporting particular groups of refugees, including refugee women. I work with researchers to inform development of strategies, projects and programmes that support Refugees in Lancashire. I have extensive experience of work in voluntary sector with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and refugee women

Dr Tomasina Stacey, University of Huddersfield 

[email protected]  I am a Reader in Midwifery Practice and a Clinical Academic. My research focuses on perinatal outcomes, the quality and safety of maternity care and the reduction of health inequalities. Migrant women are an important part of this, experiencing high levels of health inequalities.

Marie-Clare Balaam, University of Central Lancashire 

[email protected] I am a researcher and PhD candidate at UCLan. My research interests are related to aspects of maternity care for migrant and marginalised women in the UK and Europe, particularly access to care and issues of social support.

Catherine Collins, Northumbria University

[email protected]  I am a midwifery lecturer and PhD student at Northumbria University. My research interests include maternity care experiences and support needs of refugee and asylum seeking women. My PhD project is investigating the support needs and maternity service provision for women who have been trafficked into the UK.

Amanda Firth, University of Huddersfield

[email protected] I am a PhD student investigating maternity service improvement for refugee and asylum seeking with symptoms of perinatal depression

Fran Bailey, NCT- Leeds 

[email protected]  I am a Perinatal Practitioner and MA student with a particular interest in the experiences of the transition to motherhood for refugee, asylum seeking and migrant women.

Stephanie Heys, University of Central Lancashire

[email protected] I am a nurse and midwife by background and work as a lecturer, for the CQC as a specialist advisor and am a PhD student. My PhD focuses on improving care practices for disadvantaged and vulnerable women (including migrant women). I am also involved in research around South Asian women and maternity care experiences in the UK.

Andy Mprah, University of Bradford, 

[email protected] I am a public Health Practitioner from Ghana with 7 years cumulative experience, and currently a PhD student working on Migrant father’s experience of childbirth and its associated events in the UK.

Dr Eva Duda-Mikulin, University of Bradford

[email protected] I works as Lecturer in Inclusion and Diversity and have​ substantial research experience within social policy and sociology, which more recently include maternity and migrant women. I have previously worked in the voluntary sector with communities including migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Tahira Mumtaz, University of Bradford

[email protected] I am PhD student working on a project ‘Developing a cultural intervention to address barriers to accessing maternity care for migrant women’

Dr Gwyneth Lonergan, Lancaster University

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I am a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with a long standing interest in reproductive justice, as an activist and as a researcher, particularly as it pertains to migrant womens’ experiences.   I am interested in how racialised, gendered, and neoliberal discourses around belonging and citizenship are experienced materially by individuals, especially migrants.  I am also interested in how migrants organise to resist their exclusion and marginalisation.  My PhD thesis, at the University of Manchester, looked at the impact of local geographies on migrant women’s activism in Manchester and Sheffield.

Dr Jack M de López, University of Bradford

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I am a medical anthropologist and lecturer in Society and Health. I am an honorary Fellow at Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. I Co-lead the No Recourse! project which is a research partnership with the organisation Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST). In addition I have worked on midwifery and maternal health inequalities in Mexico for over a decade.

Dr Josie Dickerson, Born in Bradford, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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I am the director for the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub and the Bradford Inequalities Research Unit, two research programmes that focus on reducing health inequalities during pregnancy and the early years to give children the best start in life. A key part of this work is the Born in Bradford’s Better Start birth cohort (N=5000), the world’s first experimental birth cohort, that allows us to evaluate the impact of interventions to reduce health inequalities. The impact of recent migration and ethnicity are key elements of this work

Dr Joanne Cairns, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull

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I am undertaking a five year Career Development Fellowship funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. I am  working in the TRANSFORM project ( which aims to tackle cancer inequalities in Yorkshire with various projects. Specifically, my research falls into the early detection and diagnosis strand focusing on inequalities in cervical screening uptake among seldom heard women.

Prof Hora Soltani, Sheffield Hallam University

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I am the lead for Maternal and Infant Health within Health and Social Care Research theme. Our research is interdisciplinary, maternity user led and is applied projects. The overall purpose of this theme is to reduce health inequalities for mothers and their families with a focus on promotion of healthy lifestyle particularly in vulnerable at risk group of women. This includes migrant women.

Pip McKnight, Refugee Women Connect, Liverpool

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I am a specialist midwife and researcher in maternal health inequalities by background with 5 years frontline experience of providing maternity care for newly arrived asylum seekers.  Currently Head of Policy and Advocacy, I also remain an associate researcher at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at University of Birmingham and visiting lecturer in Midwifery

Dr Nazmy Villarroel-Williams, University of Sheffield

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I am a NIHR post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Sociological Studies. I have previously worked in Ireland on Ethnic Minority Health co-creating knowledge (EMH-IC) project, at the University of Edinburgh on an international collaborative research project entitled: ‘Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health’. I have also worked, supported and promoted migrant health research while collaborating with diverse NGOs (e.g. Doctors of the world, Save the children, Doras Luimní) in different countries (e.g. Croatia, UK, Spain, Ireland,) since 2006.