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Our network members include:

Dr Mel Cooper, University of Bradford/ Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research

Network lead

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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.

Marie-Clare Balaam, University of Central Lancashire 

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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.

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 (https://hyms.ac.uk/research/transform) 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.

Catherine Collins, Northumbria University

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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.

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 Eva Duda

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I am an honorary visiting researcher at the University of Bradford. My research interests are around European migrant women and health including the impact of Brexit on their experiences.

Amanda Firth, University of Huddersfield

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

Syka Iqbal, University of Bradford

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I am a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. My research focusses on health inequalities in ethnic minorities, specifically in order gain a better understanding of how local services need to be changed and developed, including knowledge of ethnic diversity and capacity of both statutory and community sector to enable them to tackle the issue together.

I am also a member of the Jewish-Muslim Women’s network Nisha Nisam and the Muslims Women’s Council for Britain where I have helped facilitate the first Muslim Women’s Think-Tank in Britain.  

 

Nicola Hancock, Better Start, Bradford Institute for Health Research

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I have extensive experience in the early years sector and since joining the Better Start, Bradford core team, I continue to deliver antenatal education classes and parenting programmes to vulnerable (including migrant) women. I also work on on the language projects. I am also a volunteer doula with experience of supporting women who are seeking asylum.

Stephanie Heys, University of Central Lancashire

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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.

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.

Rose McCarthy, NCT, Leeds

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I am an NCT Expert Practitioner and run a specialist antenatal class for migrant women. 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.

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

Andy Mprah, University of Bradford, 

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I am a Public Health Practitioner with 7 plus years cumulative experience. I am currently a PhD Candidate working on Migrant father’s experience of maternity in the UK. I am currently in phase 2 of this project hoping to engage forced migrant fathers, voluntary sector officers, council officers and third year midwifery students in two nominal group technique exercises. I hope this will bring to light real world interventions to address the barriers identified.

 

 

Tahira Mumtaz, University of Bradford

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I am PhD student working on a project ‘Developing a cultural intervention to address barriers to accessing maternity care for migrant 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.

Dr Tomasina Stacey, Kings College, London

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I am a Senior lecturer in Health Services Research in Midwifery and Maternity Care. 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.

 

 

 

Gill Thornton, Bradford Institute for Health Research

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I am Head of Programme at Better Start Bradford with the ambition of creating lasting change for Bradford families in future generations. I previously worked in the voluntary sector focusing on community empowerment and have also worked as an NCT antenatal teacher, parenting teacher and have been involved in Health Service user groups for over 30 years.

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 collaborated 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.