Peer Research opportunity for young migrants in South Yorkshire

By August 19, 2021Blog

Are you a young person in Yorkshire and Humber with experience of moving to the UK from outside of Europe? Do you care about issues of integration and inclusion? Are you a good listener and interested in hearing peopleโ€™s stories? If so, join they MIMY projectโ€™s research team in South Yorkshire!

The MIMY project at the University of Sheffield is recruiting Peer Researchers to contribute to research with young people with migration experiences and people who have lived in the UK for over 5 years. You will be working on a project that aims to improve the circumstances of young people aged 15-29 in South Yorkshire, taking into account migration backgrounds and the difficulties young people might face as they build their lives.

The project involves eight other countries as research partners, and is funded by the European Commission. The University of Sheffield researchers involved are Majella Kilkey, Thea Shahrokh (Department of Sociological Studies), and Ryan Powell (Department of Urban Studies and Planning).

Peer research is research that is undertaken by people with lived experience of the topic being explored. To apply for this post you should have personal experience of migrating to live in the UK as a young person. The MIMY project recognises the insights, skills and expertise that people affected by the issues being researched can bring to the process. Incorporating those perspectives into the MIMY research will help to enable better understanding of and connection to the experiences we are researching.

There will be two components to this role, with related responsibilities

  1. Peer research with people with migration experiences – 45 hours (October 2021 – January 2022): Be trained in research, and become involved in research with young people and people with longer term experience of having migrated to South Yorkshire. Share your ideas, develop and communicate findings in different forums, both online and offline to work towards positive change.
  2. Arts-based research and public engagement – 20 hours, (approx. April – September 2022): Building on the earlier peer research, develop a project with artist collaborators and young people that brings a youth perspective on issues around integration and inclusion to a public audience.

Find more information about the role, related responsibilities and how to apply by reviewing the full advertisement here. The deadline for applications is 09:00 on the 15th September 2021.

If you would like more information about this role please get in touch with Thea Shahrokh, by telephone +447942 341187 or email t.shahrokh@sheffield.ac.uk