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Dr Humera Iqbal
Room 43
Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27/28 Woburn Square
University College London
London
WC1H 0AA
Tel: (+44) (0)207 612 6847
Appointment
  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education
Role
UCL Principal Supervisor
Biography

I am a lecturer in psychology at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Sciences, UCL and have lived and worked both in the UK and abroad. 


After completing a BSc in Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, followed by an MPhil at the University of Cambridge, I stayed on to undertake a PhD in Social Psychology at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge supervised by Professor Susan Golombok.  I moved to the UCL Institute of Education in 2013, and in 2015 joined the Thomas Coram Research Unit.


As well as research and public engagement work, I am involved in teaching and supervising master's and doctoral students.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Research Summary

I am a social psychologist, who studies families and young people. I have 2 broad research areas. These are: 


1) Migration and Minority Groups:  I am interested in the identity and migration experiences of families and young people and in how they engage with institutions in new settings. I am also interested in citizenship rights and activism in minority groups.  

  

2) Cultural Heritage and Wellbeing: I am interested in how the arts and creative practices can help foster wellbeing in people. This includes with teenagers and children with mental health difficulties, individuals living with trauma but also people experiencing loneliness. 


Methodological Approach: I work across disciplines  (including psychology, sociology and history) and use traditional mixed research methods as well as arts, visual and film-based methods (including documentary research).  I work with museum practitioners, artists, and policy groups.


Summary of Key Research Projects: My doctoral research: 'Parenting and Child Development in Multi-Ethnic Britain', was a  mixed method study that explored parenting and family life in second generation British South Asian families. At UCL, I have worked with Professors Carol Vincent & Sarah Neal on an ESRC project - 'Children’s and Adults’ Friendships across Social Class and Ethnic Difference'. We wrote a book about this work, published by Palgrave in 2018 called Friendship & Diversity: Class, Ethnicity & Social Relationships in the City.  I continue to work with Professor Sarah Crafter (The Open University) around Child Language Brokers i.e. recently arrived children and young people who interpret and translate for their families in a range of spaces and contexts. We completed an AHRC study 'Child Language Brokering: Spaces of Identity Belonging and Mediators of Cultural Knowledge' in 2018. I have also conducted a series of UCL Grand Challenge Funded Projects around Cultural Heritage and Wellbeing  (Between Spaces: Museums and Mental Wellbeing in Young People & FLOCK: The Art of Ceramics in fostering Wellbeing in Displaced Groups) with the  South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM).


In 2020, I will begin work on my new AHRC funded project titled: 'Partition of Identity: An exploration of Belonging in Bengalis in Pakistan, 1971- 2021'. This 2 year project will explore the lived experiences of Bengali migrants in Pakistan (arriving after 1971). It draws from social psychology, history and arts based methods. 


Impact: To hear more about my research work:  

Listen to BBC Radio 4 – Translating for mum and Dad: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005mg0

Listen to BBC Radio 4- A Culture of Encounter: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dxz1b 

See: https://www.flockproject.co.uk/


Teaching Summary

I am a Lecturer in Psychology for the BSc in Social Science degree and teach on a number of modules.
 
Module Leader for: 
SOCS0023- Foundations of Psychology I
SOCS0027 Families in Society 

I am Study Abroad Tutor and Affiliate Tutor at the Department of Social Science 

Phd Applications: 
I welcome applications for PhDs in the areas of: migration and identity, minority groups and belonging, urban diversity, space and wellbeing, children, young people and families, parenting , psychosocial studies, and qualitative and mixed methods (including arts and film based methods)

Academic Background
2019   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
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