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Dr Meena Khatwa
Room 302
10 Woburn Square
Tel: 020 7612 6578
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have worked at the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordination Centre (EPPI-Centre) which is part of the Social Science Research Unit, Department of Social Science since 2014. Before that I was employed by SSRU between 2009-2012, where I worked on the CASCADE study which involved recruitment, data collection and analysis of young people with Type 1 diabetes. Research took place in various UK hospital clinics. I now lead and am an expert in qualitative evidence synthesis which informs UK policy. My experience of ‘real-world research’ has been invaluable to stakeholder engagement as well as the continuous community outreach I do with vulnerable and BAME populations. My research career intersects with my teaching, leading on a MSc compulsory module: Introduction to Qualitative Methods, supervising Master dissertations for qualitative research and systematic reviews and working closely with programme leads.  I take an active role in the department through my institutional citizenship e.g. personal tutoring, IOE Ethics Committee and first aider for SSRU. I was recently accepted on the Emerging Leaders programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and am a member of London Higher Tackling Racism Task group and co-chair sub-group mental health which addresses needs of BAME staff and students. My thesis title 'Life Journeys: Narratives of Hindu Mothers & Daughters in British Homes' (2004) explored themes around: Migration, home identity and belonging. I was particularly interested in how ideas of and connections to home changed from childhood to growing old.




Research Summary
BAME/migrant communities, gender, families and identity. 
Qualitative Methodology : narrative methods and analysis, positionality and reflexivity  
Making research more accessible and engaging to public/stakeholders.
Systematic reviews: specialism in qualitative evidence synthesis and thematic analysis.

Teaching Summary

Module leader on MSc Social Research Methods - Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Departmental Undergraduate Degrees Tutor

Dissertation Supervisor  MSc Social Policy and Social Research Programme

Personal Tutor to postgraduate students on the MSc Social Policy and Social Research Programme

Guest Lecturer on Advanced Qualitative Methods (AQM) on Narrative Research Methods; and Introduction to Qualitative Methods on Research Experiences.

Guest Lecturer on BSc Social Sciences Degree Modules: 

International Development on Colonialism and Development

Ageing and Society on Reminiscence in Practice

Politics from Power to Participation on Turning on Politics: my journey into activism.

Seminar leader on Introduction to Qualitative Methods (2018-19)

Seminar leader on Migration and Society - Social Sciences BSc (2018-19)

  Senior Research Fellow    , United Kingdom
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