Thea Shahrokh is a doctoral researcher in the Migration, Displacement and Belonging group at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. Drawing on cases from Cape Town, her research is focused on questions of agency and belonging for young migrants living in complex urban contexts in South Africa.
Thea works through qualitative and participatory methodologies, including with visual and creative approaches. Her research also focuses on the ethics, process and politics of knowledge production. Previously Thea worked for four years at the Institute of Development Studies where she undertook research with civil society partners in Southern and East Africa. A large body of her work has explored collective action in addressing sexual and gender-based violence, including in Cape Town South Africa, and with refugees in Uganda. Thea’s work also explored young people’s gendered identity as this relates to active citizenship. For four years she coordinated, and now sits on the advisory board of a global participatory research network, Participate, which spans 18 countries globally. Prior to this Thea worked as a researcher at Involve, a UK charity addressing dynamics of exclusion and participation in the UK democratic process.
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