I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Sussex, a MPhil in South Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree in Political Science from Goa University.
My doctoral work examined moral and material reconstruction of life after an episode of ethnic conflict in India. I have since developed research on Widowhood and Sexuality, Masculinity and Manhood after conflict in India.
My work on moral reconstruction of life sparked my interest in culture and mental health and my post-doctoral work at the Health Science Research Institute, Warwick examined over representation of black and ethnic minority young people in Psychiatric services in Birmingham as well as the subjective experience of sectioning under the mental health act.
I have also developed an award-winning project with Dr. Jack Marie de Lopez and Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) a user led organisation in Manchester called No-Recourse which tests peer-ethnography as a research method with women asylum seekers and develops educational and training material to be used in Medical Schools, Nursing colleges and school of mid-wifery on the rights of asylums seekers.
Currently I am the Co-investigator on a British Academy funded grant studying Islamic Healing Practices in Manchester.
I also serve on the Board of Trustees of Safety4Sisters, a charity that works with migrant women who are survivors of domestic violence and have no resource to public fund in the Northwest.