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Dimitra Mouriki
Research Associate (Qualitative)



Dimitra is a Research Associate working with the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub .

She conducts  qualitative evaluation of various offered interventions such as the ‘Baby Steps’, the’ Incredible Years’ and the ‘Breastfeeding Support’ programmes.

Dimitra was awarded her PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of York with her thesis Sexual and gender-based violence against refugee women:  characteristic of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. She explored refugee women’s experiences and the extent of violence, physical and/or symbolic, trauma and gendered (in)securities that they have faced. Moreover, she investigated the nature of the provided humanitarian interventions on the ground. 

Working within a feminist and participatory paradigm, she presented a qualitative analysis based on participant observation, ethnography, and in-depth interviews with refugee women and aid workers.

Dimitra had the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding on various mental and health issues, SGBV cases and complex humanitarian emergencies working as a psychologist with various national and international NGOs in refugee camps in Greece. Moreover, she offered her services and psychosocial support in community organisations and participated in planning and implementing community-based participatory projects (e.g. photovoice) both in Greece and in the UK, in order to enhance the wellbeing of the targeted groups.

She has methodological expertise in qualitative research methods, participatory action research (PAR), including art-based approaches, and intervention development. Dimitra has also teaching and supervisory experience in qualitative methods, critical social psychology, community psychology, microanalysis of communication, and contemporary issues in criminology.


  • BA - Psychology, School of Social Sciences, University of Crete
  • MSc - Community & Critical Social Psychology, Schools of Psychological & Social Sciences, York St John University
  • PhD in Sociology, University of York




Dimitra’s research interests include (re-)designing community-based activities and interventions both ameliorative and transformative to further inform and shape policies in support of disadvantaged and marginalised communities. Dimitra has an interest in the use of various qualitative methodologies such as mobile methods, ethnography, visual arts and critical discourse analysis. She is also interested in migration and refugee studies, intersectionality, feminist geography, planning and socio-cultural inequalities, critical border studies and humanitarian interventions.


Better Start Innovation Hub 

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 Public Health and Society

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Dr Dimitra Mouriki
Research Associate (Qualitative)


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