Thea Shahrokh is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in sociology and psychology and whose work covers the intersections of development, migration and youth studies. She joined the University of Sheffield in March 2020 as a Research Associate on the EU project MIMY: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions. This builds on her work in the field of participatory and visual research at Coventry University, specifically the SSHRC (Canada) funded project, For Us by Us: Children’s Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees from 2018-2020. Prior to joining Sheffield she undertook her PhD research ‘Young people with migration-related life experiences: navigating identities and belonging in South Africa’ with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, using participatory arts and story-based research methods. From 2012-2016 Thea was a Research Officer working at the Institute of Development Studies.
Thea’s research interests focus on issues of social justice and include youth migration, identities and belonging; gender and social inequalities; violence and exclusion; participatory and arts based methodologies; and the ethics and politics of knowledge production. Thea’s research grows from her commitment to generating complex and applied knowledge with and for people affected by power inequities. She is passionate about working with young people in particular, whose powerful experiences are often overlooked. Thea has designed and delivered qualitative, participatory and creative research with people affected by marginalisation and their communities, including young migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, Canada and South Africa, and male refugees affected by sexual violence in Uganda.