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Dr Humera Iqbal
  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • IOE - Social Science
  • UCL Institute of Education

As a psychologist, I am interested in identity and the migration experiences of families and young people, in particular how they engage with institutions in new settings as well as the impact of generations on family life. I am also interested in mental health and wellbeing in young people particularly from minority groups and the social mobilisation of young people around these issues. Other interests include parenting and friendships in superdiverse and mixed class settings (including ethnic-racial and religious socialisation practices and mixed friendships).

I work in an interdisciplinary way with traditional mixed research methods as well as arts, visual and film based methods (including documentary research).  

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

I have worked on a range of policy relevant projects with young people, families and professionals using mixed methods as well as creative research methods (including art and film based ones). 

I completed my PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. My thesis explored parenting and family life in second generation British South Asian families) (see http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1297874) and was supervised by Professor Susan Golombok. 

At UCL, I have worked on a range of projects. These have included work for the Department for Education (DfE) with Professor Clare Cameron exploring the effectiveness of a social change programme (Focus on Practice) which has been implemented amongst social care professionals in the Tri-Borough (London). 

I recently completed an ESRC funded project titled Children’s and Adults’ Friendships across Social Class and Ethnic Difference (see http://friendshipacrossdifference.com/) (funded period ran from Feb 2013-June 2015). The research explores what friendship practices reveal about the nature and extent of social mixing, multiculturalism and the influence of social divisions in contemporary urban environment and whether people mix with others who are different to themselves. The team consisted of Professor Carol Vincent (PI) (UCL) and Professor Sarah Neal (University of Sheffield). Our manuscript: Friendship & Diversity: Class, Ethnicity & Social Relationships in the City can be found here: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319730004#aboutBook

Currently, I am finishing up an AHRC funded project titled Child Language Brokering: Spaces of Identity Belonging and Mediators of Cultural Knowledge. This project explores 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 (see http://languagebrokeringidentities.com/) using innovative film and art methods. The team consists of Dr Sarah Crafter (PI) (The Open University) and myself. 

I am also working on a UCL Grand Challenges funded project titled: Between Spaces: Museums and Mental Wellbeing in Young People (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/human-wellbeing/priorities/between-spaces-museums-mental-wellbeing). Here we explore the impact of using ideas from museum based practice in working with young people based in psychiatric inpatient settings. The team consists of Dean Veall (UCL Culture), Dr Katie Quy (UCL) and Professor Paula Reavey (London South Bank University). 

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)

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: 
SOCS1002- Foundations of Psychology I
SOCS1006- Families in Society 

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