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Dr Rachel Benchekroun
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  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant - SRI
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
I have a PhD in Sociology. My research interests include migration/settlement and social inequalities, and I am experienced in ethnography, in-depth interviewing and co-production. I work on four broad research areas across three universities: place-based inequalities and the impact of the pandemic on children, families and early years practitioners (at UCL), the impact of the 'hostile environment' (QMUL) and child exploitation (University of Bedfordshire). 

I am a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Roehampton.

I worked in community development and early intervention in Paris and London before starting my research career.

Research Themes
Research Summary

PhD thesis: Mothers with insecure immigration status: enacting relational belonging and sharing support in the UK’s hostile environment.

Independent study: Social Networks in a Pandemic (2020)

Research Assistant: Environment and wellbeing in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) settings under/after Covid-19: case studies in four countries (2020-21)

PI: Prof Claire Cameron (Deputy Director, Thomas Coram Research Unit)

Research Assistant: Growing up in coastal towns: exploring the impact of place on young people’s life chances (2019, 2021-22)

PI: Dr Avril Keating (Director, Centre for Global Youth, UCL IOE)

Research Assistant: FACT-COVID:Families and Community in the Time of COVID-19 (2021)

Co-PIs: Dr Katherine Twamley, Dr Charlotte Faircloth, Dr Humera Iqbal (Thomas Coram Research Unit)

Research Fellow: Safer Young Lives Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire (2019-22)

Research Assistant: Digital Sanctuaries (2021)

PI Dr Rachel Humphris (Queen Mary University of London)

Teaching Summary

2022: Visiting Lecturer in Sociology (University of Roehampton)

2021-22: Seminar Lead: Social Theory and Ethnography (UCL)

2020-21: Seminar Lead: Social Theory, Families in Society and Ethnography (UCL)

2019-20: Seminar Lead: London Lab, Introduction to Qualitative Methods, Sociology of Childhood, Ethnography (UCL)

Academic Background
    2001: BSc Political Science - Universite Paris 8  
    2021: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  
    2021: PhD Sociology - UCL IOE  
2016   Education The Open University
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