Ms Hoayda Darkal BSc, ResM

Ms Hoayda Darkal

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hoayda is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy and a member of the research team in the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS). Hoayda's research interests start in the field of household economics, childcare, and expand to resilience, Arab refugees, refugee families, and forced displacement.


  • ResM in Human Geography 2014
  • BSc in Agricultural Engineering (first of class) 2008


Hoayda joined  the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) in 2018 as a Research Fellow at the School of Social Policy. Before moving to the University of Birmingham she was a research assistant in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Plymouth and worked on an ESRC-AHRC project titled: ”Syrian Artisan Entrepreneurship Project”. She is also doing a PhD on the Resilience of Arab Refugee Families in Plymouth.

She has a ResM in Human Geography from the University of Plymouth (2013) and a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Damascus University (2008). 


2016-2018, member of Plymouth University team working on ESRC-AHRC project: conserving Cultural Heritage: The Resilience of Forcibly Displaced Syrian Artisans in Jordan.

Research interests

Refugee studies, Forced migration, resilience, household economics. 

Current projects


Other activities

Member of the Displacement research Network At Plymouth University.


  • Bailey, I. and Darkal, H., 2018. (Not) talking about justice: the unspoken challenges of integrating energy and environmental justice in renewable energy siting. Local Environment. 23(3), 335-351.
  • Darkal, H., 2014. Heather E Bullock, Women and poverty: Psychology, public policy, and social justice. Feminism & Psychology, p.0959353514549298.