Fauzia Ahmad joined the Department in September 2017. After a degree in Biology from UCL, she moved into the social sciences by completing an MSc in Social Anthropology also at UCL, and eventually gaining her PhD in Sociology from the University of Bristol. She previously worked for several years at Brunel University in the Dept of Social Work as a Research Associate and later Lecturer, at the University of Bristol as a Research Fellow, as the Senior Research Officer for the Commission for Racial Equality, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Cultures (ISMC) at the Aga Khan University, UK. More recently, she taught qualitative research methods across Master’s programmes in the Department of Political Science at UCL. She was also a full-time carer for several years.
Fauzia teaches on the MA in Social Research and contributes towards under-graduate research methods teaching.
She is a qualitative feminist researcher with research interests and publications focusing on gendered ethnic and faith and identities with a particular specialism on Muslim families in Britain, and second and third generation British Muslim women’s identities, representations and experiences of higher education, employment, social welfare, Muslim feminisms and Islamophobia. She is currently engaged in research with British Muslim men and women on their marital partner-searching strategies and relationships, and experiences of divorce and legal and counselling services.
She is a member of the Editorial Board on the journal Gender and Education, and an Affiliate Member at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, in the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol.