Zainab is currently working on her PhD research looking at the everyday lived realities of faith among mixed ethnic women who have a kin connection to Islam.
As an undergraduate student Zainab developed an interest in divisions and inequalities, and particularly in faith and ethnicity . Her masters dissertation focussed on the experiences of mixed ethnic women, who have a kin connection to Islam, on social media, in particular how they manage the range of cultural and social expectations they face. This led Zainab to develop the idea for her PhD thesis.
Following her Masters Zainab secured the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme studentship. Her research uses creative and innovative methods including, photo elicitation and walking interviews to explore how Islam plays out in mixed ethnic women’s lives. At the heart of this research
is an emphasis on uncovering the ‘lived experiences’ of faith in people's lives and moving beyond binaries that have long been associated with identity, particularly religion.
During her PhD Zainab has secured a range of social research work experience:
Zainab’s research interests include mixed ethnicity and faith identity as well as people's relationship with urban space. She is also interested in using creative, participant-led methods to give minority groups a voice.
Zainab is currently working on PhD research, supervised by Dr Gareth Millington and Dr Anna Strhan. She is conducting a mixed-method qualitative study (using interviews, photo elicitation and walking interviews), investigating how Islam intersects with mixed-ethnicities. She is interested in:
Zainab has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on 1st year undergraduate module Cultivating a Sociological Imagination (Department of Sociology) and Social Research methods (Department of Geography).