‌Rumana Hashem (PhD)

Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher

Location: Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL.

Email: r.hashem@uel.ac.uk

Contact address:

The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging.
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
E16 2RD


Rumana Hashem is a feminist- sociologist, an anti-racist activist and a post-doctoral associate, affiliated with the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. She works on contemporary issues and with real people in academic and non-academic settings. Her research interests include construction of identity; ethnicity, race and class belongings; gender, migration and social citizenship, narratives of forced-displacement and life histories of refugees; narratives of sexuality, gendered violence and women’s resistance in conflict, gendered embodiments of peace and post-conflict reconstruction; politics of belonging; and research ethics in conflict and humanitarian crisis. Rumana’s current research explores the lived experiences of refugees and undocumented migrants at a politically and culturally diverse city of London. Prior to this collaborative research, she has completed a doctoral research in Gender and Armed Conflict with a reference to Bangladesh. Her work experiences in academic settings include research and teaching within the field of Sociology, Psycho-Social Studies, Psychology and Gender Studies. She has taught on post-graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Leicester, the University of East London, and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Cooperatives University.

Rumana has worked as the principal investigator to the Civic Engagement project, entitled ‘Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion: Civic Engagement through the preservation of and Access to Refugee Archives’. She is currently acting as a co-coordinator of the IASFM Working Group for Forced Migration Archives and Documentation of History of Refugees and Migrants. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including SAGE Methods Cases, The Journal of Social Sciences, DIEGESIS, Feminism and Psychology.

Committed to work beyond academia, Rumana runs an activist blog on women’s and human rights issues, called Community Women’s Blog, and co-runs the Forum for Bangladesh Research Network. She writes columns for Real Media, Dhaka Tribune and BDnews24.com. Rumana also volunteers to several community and activist groups including the Phulbari Solidarity Group as a founding coordinator, London Roots Collective as a Trainer and Facilitator, Nari Diganta as an adviser, and the UK branch of Bangladesh National Committee as an executive member. She is a member of International Association for Forced Migration, Conflict Research Society, UK, and a co-convenor of British Sociological Association’s study forum called Activism in Sociology.


Further details on Rumana’s publications can be found on her Academia.edu page at:  http://uel.academia.edu/RumanaHashem