Dr Jawiria Naseem

Dr Jawiria Naseem

School of Education
Lecturer in Education & Social Justice

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Jawiria joined the School of Education in 2017 as lecturer in Education. Previously, she held a lectureship in Community Development at Birkbeck, University of London and as Lecturer in Sociology at Paris-Dauphine University. Jawiria is an Early Career Academic Partner at UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. She earned her PhD in Sociology in the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education. 

Jawiria is interested in cross-country comparative research examining how intersecting identity positions shape life experiences and outcomes. Her main research topics include: 

  • Dynamics of Higher Education and the labour market in France and Britain
  • Socio-economic inequalities among (female) graduates
  • Citizenship and belonging among second generation and Muslim minority ethnic groups 

Jawiria has been invited to share her expertise on the intersection of racism and whiteness on national television (BBC One-The Big Questions) as well as held consultancy position with the Pakistan High Commission in London.


  • PhD in Sociology (UCL)
  • MA in Post-colonial British Studies (Sorbonne, Paris 3)
  • BA in English Literature and History (Sorbonne, Paris 3) 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Jawiria teaches on the BA Education undergraduate degree course. She is module leader for the Contemporary Issues in Education and Exploring Disability and Inclusion modules and co-teaches the Children as Citizens module.


Bringing together her research on Higher Education and labour market, Jawiria led a mixed-method project on the impact of Brexit on non-UK EU academics and professional staff in Higher Education Institutions in England and Scotland.

In recent years, Jawiria’s research has focused on the dynamics of Higher Education and the labour market, as separate yet interconnected entities, in Europe (France and England). She conducted comparative qualitative and quantitative research informed by intersectionality framework and Said’s work on Orientalism to examine the educational and professional positions of second generations (children of immigrants born in EU countries). She has primarily focused on:

  • Transitions from higher education to labour market
  • Impact of educational choices at secondary level on access and success at tertiary level

Drawing on her research, Jawiria engaged in several school-based activities aimed at raising awareness of higher education and employment among pupils at secondary level. Alongside guest lectures in schools, she leads school intervention projects to support students in making well-informed post-16 choices.

Other activities

Invited Lecture 

Women, Womanist Learning and Higher Education, Birkbeck, University of London, Feb 2018

Title: 'If it wasn't for my mother': Young Black Women and Pressure to Succeed in Higher Education

GREG-SAGEF Violences Intersectionelles. University of Paris Diderot. Apr 2015  

Title: ‘‘l’Angleterre est hypocrite’: les femmes des minorités ethniques et leurs expériences de racisme’ 

Selected Conference Papers 

BERA Annual Conference, University of Sussex. Sep 2013                        

Title: ‘I have a Master’s degree; hire me!’: investigating the impact of education and social class on the professional positioning of Pakistani and Algerian women in France and Britain’ 

BSA Regional Postgraduate Event, University of Leicester. Jun 2012      

Title: ‘(Mis)Representations and the labour market: the professional experiences of Pakistani and Moroccan graduate women in France and Britain’ 

Membership of Professional Bodies 

Member of the British Sociological Association

Member of SAGEF (Gender and Sexuality Research Group-Paris Diderot University)

Committee Member of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN)-Early Career  and PhD Researchers Representative

Member of SAGEF (Gender and Sexuality Research Group-Paris Diderot University)


Naseem, J (2019), I Didn’t Have the Luxury to Wait": Understanding the University-to-Work Transition among Second-Generations in Britain, Social Inclusion, Vol. 7 No. 3 (270-281)  (open access)

Naseem J, and Adnan W (2019), Being a Second Generation Muslim Woman in the French Labour MarketResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility. Vol. 61 (79-93). 

Naseem, J. (2017), Capped Equality in Multicultural Britain: Experiences of Everyday Racism in the Workplace among British Pakistani and Algerian WomenAlizés, 42, 89-106 (Special Issue on Intersectionality) 

Book chapter 

Naseem, J. (2018) Connecting Graduates with the Real World: Transferring Research-based Skills to the Workplace, in Tong, V., Standen, A. and Sotiriou, M. (eds). Research Equals Teaching. UCL Press. 

Research note

Naseem, J. (2014), Research Note: Education and Employment: Understanding the Labour Market Experiences of Graduate Minority Ethnic Women in France and the UKEducate~, 14 (1): 5-9.

Blog Post and Social Media outputs

Naseem, J. (2019), UK universities' EU-born staff do not live in a Brexit-proof bubble, Times Higher Education.

Naseem, J, and Whitney, T. (May 2015) Who am ‘I’?: A Question with a Simply Complex Answer LSE Psychology Blog  

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