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.


Jawiria conducts qualitative and quantitative research, informed by Translocational Positionality and Intersectionality frameworks. In recent years, she has focused particularly on two inter-related areas: 

  • Impact of educational choices at secondary level on access and success at tertiary level
  • Impact of higher education choices and success on transition into employment 

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, in 2015, she led a school intervention project, called Inspire a Degree, to support students in making well-informed post-16 choices. 

Currently, Jawiria is working on a research proposal investigating experiences of (non-)belonging and professional stability among EU staff in England and Scotland.

Other activities

Invited Lecture 

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)


Book chapter 

Naseem, J. (in press) ‘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. 

Peer-reviewed article 

Naseem, J. (forthcoming), ‘‘When they see your face…’: Experiences of Everyday Racism among Second Generation Muslim Women in Educational Settings in Britain and France’. Gender & Education. 

Etienne, J. and Naseem, J. (forthcoming), ‘Blackness, hijabs and otherness: Challenging the real invisibility and the barriers to the Academy’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 

Naseem, J. (forthcoming), ‘Etre égales avec limites: expériences de racisme ordinaire au travail chez les Pakistanaises et Algériennes Britanniques.’ Alizés. (Special Issue on Intersectionality) 

Blog Post 

(Forthcoming) ‘Descendant of immigrants: do I need to integrate?’. Bridge Institute Blog (http://bridgeinstitute.co.uk/blog-2/) 

(May 2015) ‘Who am ‘I’?: A Question with a Simply Complex Answer’ (with Whitney, T.). LSE Psychology Blog (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/psychologylse/2015/05/11/challenging-discourses-of-religious-otherness/)