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Laura Shobiye   AFHEA PGCE PCET BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Dr Laura Shobiye




Laura Shobiye is a PhD research student in the School of Social Sciences exploring the learning experiences of  mothers seeking sanctuary in Wales. She is carrying out a longitudinal qualitative study, which involves interviews and creative methods for thematic and narrative analysis. Her work is largely informed by Critical Race Theory and Intersectional Feminism.

Laura was one of the co-founders of the Migration, Ethnicity, Race & Diversity research group (MEAD), co-convening the group from December 2019 to July 2021.


Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the social construction of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK , particularly gendered constructions. I will be exploring the role of learning and education in fostering social inclusion and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.  My key areas of interest are:

  • migration and refugee studies
  • anti-racism
  • intersectionality
  • gender
  • education
  • social justice 
  • motherhood
  • families and young people

I am interested in collaborative research and my PhD is a collaborative project with the third sector organisation, Oasis Cardiff and I also work with the Welsh Refugee Coalition. I am also keen to explore visual and creative methods for supporting qualitative interviews where language skills may be a barrier to communication.

Learn more about my work by watching her prize-winning 3-minute thesis (3MT) here.



Current or past undergraduate seminar tutor on the following modules at Cardiff University:

  • Introduction to Social Policy (first year)
  • Contemporary Inequalities (second year)
  • Poverty and Social Security (second year)

Guest Lecturer on MA module at Cardiff Metropolitan University:

  • "Education, Equality, and Diversity"