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Dr Linda Morrice

Post:Senior Lecturer In Education (Education)
Location:ESSEX HOUSE EH 144

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872584
International:+44 1273 872584

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After completing her BA(Hons) in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex Linda worked in adult and community education for almost twenty years before returning to academia. She completed a PgDip in Lifelong Learning (Birkbeck, University of London, 2004), an MA in Education Studies (University of Sussex, 2005) and a Doctorate in Education (University of Sussex, 2010). Her Doctoral research was published by Trentham Books in 2011 - Being a refugee: learning and identity. A longitudinal study of refugees in the UK.

Linda's research is concerned with the lived experiences of refugees and migrants. Her broad research agenda seeks to understand how and in what spaces people learn to belong and have a sense of 'fitting in', and where and how they learn to become alienated and marginalised. Her research is inherently interdisciplinary and includes an interest in identities and social practices such as citizenship and cultural values.

Doctoral Supervision

My supervision interests are focused on the intersection of education and learning with refugee/migration studies, with a particular focus on:

 Everyday lives of refugees, refugee families and communities

  • Informal learning and everyday pedagogies
  • Belonging, integration and structures of exclusion
  • Pathways through education systems and widening participation
  • Support for children and young people with refugee backgrounds and unaccompanied children

 In terms of methodologies I have a particular interest in:

  • Participative approaches to working with refugee communities
  • Qualititative methodologies, including creative and narrative methods and life history

 I currently supervise the following Doctoral students and welcome PhD inquiries in my areas of interest:

  • Marie Tuley                The gendered impact of migrant integration policies in three regions of Belgium (ESRC Scholarship) 
  • Anna Wharton           Unaccompanied children and young people: Constructing belonging in community through learning (Chancellor’s Scholarship).
  • Fiona Courage            Perceiving the value of Higher Education: a Mass Observation perspective  
  • Marianela Barrios-Aquino     Migrating into citizenship. The migrant’s journey to citizenship.
  • Patrick Keane                      Stitching together the fragments of resistance: Popular education and social movement learning in southwest Colombia(ESRC Scholarship) (Second supervisor)
  • Tanja Jovanovic                Roma student access to Higher education in Serbia: Challenges and Promises (Second supervisor).
  • Sayanti Banerjee        The identities, lives and experiences of second generation Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in Southern England (Second supervisor).





Linda is a Senior Lecturer in Education. She is Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Education and Social Work.

She teaches on the BA in Childhood and Youth Studies and the MA in International Education and Development.


She currently has one research awards: 

  • ESRC grant - “Optimising refugee resettlement in the UK: a comparative analysis” (with Mike Collyer and Rupert Brown). Please see Refugee Resettlement


Recent awards include:

  •  2014 AHRC grant: 'Cultural Values from the Subaltern Perspective: A Phenomenology of Refugees' Experience of British Culture' (with Sally Munt). This research explores understandings of 'Britishness' and 'British' identity in the context of growing critiques of multiculturalism and a shift towards more assimilationist Government policies (2014).
  • 2010 - 2012     Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig Multilateral Project. Archives. Hidden Histories: Intercultural Dialogue. Using peer research with three communities across the EU to produce community archives. Total EU grant €282,668
  • 2009-2011       Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig Partnership Project. Finding Innovative Ways of Defining and Measuring Quality in Adult Education Provision for Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Adult learners €20,000
  • 2005-2006       Higher Education Innovation Fund 2 Award, Brighton and Sussex Community Knowledge Exchange. Participative research project with refugees, £22,450.

  • 2004-2006       Higher Education European Social Fund Research Grant,  Refugee Employment and Progression (£104,540).

  • 2003-2004       Higher Education European Social Fund Research Grant, Higher Education Learning Project. Action research project to develop and pilot a learning programme for refugees with higher level and professional qualifications, £36,750.

Linda co-convener and co-founder of the ESREA (European Society for Research in the Education of Adults) Research Network on Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms.

Linda is a member of the editorial board of Studies in the Education of Adults, Teaching in Higher Education and the International Journal of Lifelong Education



Community and Business

Linda has a number of voluntary roles in the local community. She has been a Trustee of the Friends Centre, an Independent Adult Education Centre since 2007; she works in an advisory capacity for Brighton and Hove's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Group which is working to develop a local ESOL strategy. She is also on the management committee of Brighton and Hove City of Sanctuary which works with others to make the city a safer and more welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers.

Linda is also part of an advisory group working with the UK Home Office to update and revise the 2004 Home Office Indicators of Refugee Integration.