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Dr Veena Meetoo
Tel: 020 7612 6971
  • Research Officer
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a qualitative researcher with 15 years experience conducting studies on children and young people in familial and school contexts. As a Sociologist, I am interested in the reproduction of inequalities through the  intersections of 'race', gender, age and migration.  For the research and evaluation projects I work on, I employ a range of qualitative methods including visual, ethnographic and case study approaches with young people and professionals including teachers and social workers, and foster carers.  I completed my PhD at UCL on the identities and positioning of South Asian girls in an 'everyday' multicultural school context.  

My current research includes:
Children Caring on the Move (CCoM): the care-asylum nexus for separated child migrants, post doctoral researcher (ESRC)
Integration and cohesion for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (Croydon Council) 
The everyday social and educational lives of  young children in foster care (UCL Seed funded). 

Languages spoken/written
  • Italian (basic)

Research Summary

  • Intersectionality: 'race', gender, class, ethnicity, separated child migrants, young people, education. 
  • Children (0-12 years) - adoption and fostering,  early years education. 

Teaching Summary
Co-module lead:
Researching Childhood, MA Childhood and Children's Rights 

BSc Social Sciences, Seminar Leader:

Social Theory 

Families in Society
Sociology of Childhood
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Social Science Research 
Migration and Society 

Dissertation supervision: MA Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights; BSc Social Sciences  

Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
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