Linda's research interests sit at the intersection of education (informal and formal) with refugee and migration studies. She has a particular interest in social integration, everyday pedagogies and inter-cultural dimensions of learning and education, identities and social practices. She has expertise in qualititative methodologies, including life history, narrative and creative methods. She enjoys working on participative and peer research projects, and has worked with refugee community researchers and refugee organisations on several projects. 

Over the past two years she has been working with the UK Home Office to revise and update the Home Office Indicators of Integration framework 2019.


She is currently PI on one research award: 


  • Assessment of education strategies and interventions adopted in Jordan as a response to the Syrian crisis. (With co-researchers: Mariam Attia, Marcos Delprato, Yusuf Sayed and Gillian Hampden-Thompson). Sponsor: Queen Rania Foundation. (2018 - 2020).


Previous research awards include:




  •  AHRC grant: 'Cultural Values from the Subaltern Perspective: A Phenomenology of Refugees' Experience of British Culture' (with Sally Munt). This research explored refugee women's understandings of 'Britishness', 'British' identity and citizenship. (2014).


  •  Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig Multilateral ProjectHidden Histories: Intercultural Dialogue. Using peer research with three communities across the EU to produce community archives. (2010 - 2012)


  • 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 (2009-2011).     


  •  Higher Education Innovation Fund 2 Award, Brighton and Sussex Community Knowledge Exchange. Participative research project with refugees. (2005-2006)     


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