Professor Palash Kamruzzaman, Barrie Llewelyn, and Dr Mike Chick discuss their work on understanding and supporting refugees and those who are seeking asylum.
One of Professor Palash Kamruzzaman's current research projects focuses on expertise in development policies and aid ethnographies. He argue that there is a gap in the existing scholarship as very little is known about the creative roles, agency, and interests of experts from the global South. He also leads a British Academy funded inter-disciplinary research project that aims to explore the experience of violence and loss of dignity among the forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan.
Barrie Llewelyn's research is focused broadly on creative writing for wellbeing and to aid language acquisition for people who are seeking sanctuary in Wales. In Jan 2020, the Speak to Me Project brought together a group of Syrian and Sudanese refugees to work in partners with local English speakers in a series of creative workshops. Subsequent projects include Café Chit Chat, an online group for English language learners during the lockdown, Speak to Me Too and a Walk and Talk group who walked in London, Bath and Tenby, the Brecon Beacons and up the Skirrid in Abergavenny as well as other more local places.
For over twenty years, Dr Mike Chick has worked as a teacher / teacher educator in Estonia, Spain, South Korea, Greece and the UK. Since 2015, he has worked in collaboration with the Welsh Refugee Council and has recently completed research into language education for resettled Syrian families in Wales. In 2020, Mike Chick led the process for the USW gaining University of Sanctuary status. This year, in partnership with the Learning and Work Institute, he was commissioned to review the Welsh government policy on language education for migrants.