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Dr Rachel Benchekroun
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  • Research Fellow
  • 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 am currently working with young researchers on a UCL Grand Challenges-funded project, 'Intergenerational perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of growing up in coastal towns'.

I have convened undergraduate Sociology modules at UCL and University of Roehampton. I have also been a seminar lead for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules at UCL Social Research Institute.

Before starting my research career, I worked in community development and early intervention/family support in Paris and London.

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)


Researcher: Intergenerational perspectives on theopportunities and challenges of growing up in coastal towns (2022) (UCL GrandChallenges)

Growing up in coastal towns: exploring the impact of place onyoung people’s life chances (2019, 2021-22) PI: Dr Avril Keating (UCL IOE)


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

PI: Prof Claire Cameron (UCL IOE Social Research institute)


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

Co-PIs: Dr Katherine Twamley, Dr Charlotte Faircloth, DrHumera Iqbal (UCL IOE Social Research institute)


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: Temporary Lecturer in Sociology (UCL and 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
2016   Education The Open University
    2001: BSc Political Science - Universite Paris 8  
    2021: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  
    2021: PhD Sociology - UCL IOE  
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