Dr Jawiria Naseem

School of Education
Associate Professor in Education & Social Justice
Decolonisation and Internationalisation Lead

Contact details

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

Jawiria joined the School of Education in 2017 as a Lecturer in Education. Previously, she held lectureships in Community Development at Birkbeck, University of London and in Sociology at Paris-Dauphine University. 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 is taking interests for doctoral supervision on proposals in line with the above topics.

Jawiria is the Departmental Lead for Internationalisation and Decolonisation. In this role, she is leading the School of Education Decolonising the Curriculum project. This project also aims to support efforts in reducing the awarding gap by focusing on sense of belonging at university.

She also represents the School of Education at the CoSS Access and Participation Plan Strategy and Evaluation Group to devise and implement strategies to reduce the awarding gap at undergraduate level in the College.


  • 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 as well as the MA Education and MSc TESOL. She also leads the Personal Academic Tutoring module for all Year 1 students in the Department of Education and Social Justice. She is also the School’s Exchange Tutor.


Current research

2023 - Decolonising UK universities: a review of improvements and challenges in decolonial activities and initiatives 

Jawiria is the PI on a project funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

The aim of the project is to profile current development, advancement and challenges in decolonising UK universities. The objectives are to:

  1. Undertake a critical literature review to map decolonial initiatives and activities focused on transformation of the UK HE
  2. Develop an understanding of the (recurrent) challenges to the implementation of a decolonial agenda
  3. Seek expert student and staff view via a roundtable discussion to explore strategies for the dismantling of structural barriers to decolonial efforts in institutional policies and practices

2021 - Anti-Racists School Project

Jawiria is a Research Fellow on this project which supports Birmingham school leaders and teachers to share and develop transformative anti-racist education practices. Recent contributions with the Project lead, Dr Karl Kitching, may be viewed on YouTube.

Previous research

2021-2022: Exploring the mental health-related experiences of BAME doctoral students: a comparative institutional case study at two English universities

Co-I and Lead for the University of Birmingham on a cross-institutional project which aimed to gain insights into experiences of academic belonging and non-belonging among a diversity of doctoral students at pre- and post-92 universities. 

Other activities

Enterprise, Engagement and Impact Activities

2020 - Written evidence to Parliament’s Select Committee on Covid-19 and Education (section 7)

May 2020 - Interviewed on The UK Breakfast Show (radio), ‘Education and its future under the pandemic’

May 2027 - Interviewed on BBC1 (TV), The Big Questions, ‘Can White People Experience Racism?’

Selected Invited Presentations

Decolonising Methodologies, Curricula, and Institutions across Time and Disciplines. Dr Jawiria Naseem was invited to present the decolonising curriculum project at the Institute of Advanced Studies in April 2022. She discussed 1) how (or whether) activists of decolonisation appeal to previous decolonising initiatives in the field of education, and, if they do, how this shapes their current decolonising activities; and 2) how activists of decolonisation have addressed the challenge of confronting the apparently value-neutral analytic tools of research and teaching in the field of education.

Naseem, J. (2022) ‘‘La France est raciste’: les pakistanaises et leurs experiences sur le marché du travail en France’, invited presentation, Le Réseau Professionel des Pakistanais Francophones, Paris (France), March.

Kitching, K. and Naseem, J. (2022), ‘Race Equality in Schools in the Wake of COVID-19’, invited presentation, University of Birmingham School, Birmingham (UK), January.

Naseem, J. (2021), ‘Covid-19, Education and Inclusive Digital Future’, invited presentation, Atlas Grad Institute, Istanbul (Turkey), February.

Naseem, J. (2020), ‘Educational and social experiences of minority ethnic children and families during Covid-19 lockdown’, invited presentation, Birmingham Education Partnership-Education Matters Conference, Birmingham (UK), September.

Naseem, J. (2018), ‘Being a Second Generation Muslim Women in the French Labour Market’, Muslim Women in Western Labour Markets Symposium, Doha Institute of Graduate Studies, Doha (Qatar), April.


Naseem, J. and Zhu, H. (2023), 'Inclusive Curriculum Matters: creating a decolonised curriculum through student voices in education studies' in Pulsford, M., Morris, R. and Purves, R. (eds.) What is Education Studies? Thinking about learning and teaching on undergraduate education programmes. London: Routledge.

Naseem, J. (2021), Engaging BA Education students in research, enquiry and critical-thinking through research-based learning’ in Harrison, T., Greenway, C., McLindon, M. and Chung, S. Bringing our Research into Teaching. HEFi. Available online.

Naseem, J. (2019), ‘" I Didn’t Have the Luxury to Wait": Understanding the University-to-Work Transition among Second-Generations in Britain’, Social Inclusion, 7(3), pp.270-281, https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v7i3.2033

Naseem, J. and Adnan, W. (2019), ‘Being a second generation Muslim woman in the French labour market: Understanding the dynamics of (visibility of) religion and gender in labour market access, outcomes and experiences’, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, (61), pp.79-93, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2019.02.003

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

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.

Naseem, J. (2017), ‘Capped equality in multicultural Britain: Experiences of everyday racism in the workplace among British Pakistani and Algerian women’, Alizés: Revue angliciste de La Réunion, (42), pp.89-105

Naseem, J. (2014), ‘Education and Employment: understanding the labour market experiences of graduate minority ethnic women in France and the UK’, Educate~, 14(1), pp.5-9, 

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