Digital Storytelling and Education Exhibition

Background to the Project



Copyright: UNHCR.

Right now, less than 3% of refugees attend higher education globally. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners have committed to ensuring that 15 per cent of young refugee women and men can access the benefits of higher education by the year 2030. For this to be achieved, innovative partnerships between universities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and wider stakeholders will play a pivotal role in achieving this.

Background to the Project

In 2019, the University of East London (UEL), through its internationally leading Centre for Research on Refugees, Migration and Belonging and Centre for Narrative Research’s (CNR) collaborated with Mosaik on a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded project. Mosaik is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses a participatory approach leverages technology to support refugees accessing university through skills, guidance, and finance programmes, including an online social media presence called Students Dardachat – دردشات طلاب

Online Event


The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) is delighted to invite you to a talk where we will explore the Living Refugee Archive (LRA) digital archives and findings from our recent digital storytelling research project on the educational experiences of refugees in the Middle East. The event will feature talks from Paul Dudman, Prof. Giorgia Dona and Jessica Oddy.



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Collaboration with Mosaik

Learn more about the “Mosaik +UEL: University Partnerships Providing Tools for Student-Led Learning” that offers insights into the co-creation of digital e-learning platforms that apply Life Stories as a research and pedagogical tool for and with refugees.


About The Team

Professor Giorgia Dona

Prof. Giorgia Dona is co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at UEL. She will discuss how the power of personal narratives, how narratives can fulfil multiple functions (agency, well-being) and as a methodology can help to achieve greater power and offer direct representation.


Jessica Oddy

Jessica Oddy is a Ph.D student at the Centre for Migration, Refugee and Belonging. She will talk about the educational life stories collected from the Digital Storytelling project and discuss the importance of critical participatory action research methods.


Paul Dudman

Paul Dudman is the UEL Archivist and responsible for the Refugee Council Archive and Living Refugee Archive Online Portal. Paul will talk about the challenges associated with the ethical approaches to documenting narrative stories in the digital sphere.


Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging

The Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging  (CMRB) grew out of the Refugee Research Centre, which was founded in 2004. It is located in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of East London.

Our mission is to build knowledge and understanding of the related issues of migration, refugees and belonging. We aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations and provide a space for debate and creative thinking amongst academic, practitioners, activists, migrants, and refugees in order to make positive changes to society at large.  

Living Refugee Archive

The Living Refugee Archive (LRA) is home to a growing collection of resources relating to refugees and forced migration. The Living Refugee Archive was established as a portal to help facilitate access to digital archive materials and existing archival collections including the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London.

The LRA will take an active role in documenting the heritage and narratives of the refugee and migrant experience. Archives have the power to present a narrative determined by the documentary evidence that has survived. Archive have the power to preserve community memory and influence individual identity. What is the role of archives in enabling refugees to have a voice in the social, legal and political empowerment of communities?

Launch Event Presentation Slides