Dr Nughmana Mirza

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Lecturer in Criminology
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University of Glasgow
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR

Nughmana joined the University of Glasgow in July 2017 as a Lecturer in Criminology. Her doctoral research focused on South Asian women’s experiences of family abuse in Scotland. The originality and significance of this work lies in its exploration of kinship patterns and norms, the importance of gender and gender roles, and women’s agentive behaviour within a family abuse context.

Nughmana also has an interest in the policing response to domestic abuse in South Asian communities in the UK, particularly in the context of major policy and legislative changes in relation to domestic abuse. In particular, she is interested in the how the imminent introduction in Scotland of the new offence of ‘coercive control’ within partner relationships influences policing practices and the extent to which the police response reflects women’s needs and safety concerns.

She holds a PhD in Social Policy, an MSc in Applied Social Research, and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern History from the University of Edinburgh. Since the completion of her PhD in 2015, she has worked as a Research Associate on three key projects. In her role as Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, she lead the qualitative component of a Nuffield Funded mixed-methods comparative analysis of inequalities in child welfare provisions across the UK. She has also been a Research Associate on ‘Understanding Forced Marriage’ (UCLAN, funded by the Scottish Government) the findings of which have been published as a substantive project report (2017). The ‘Evaluation of Quarries’ project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and evaluated the experiences and views of the service users.

Keywords: family abuse, South Asian women, Affinal kin, natal kin, violence against women, immigration, no recourse to public funds

Relevant Publications:

Morris, K.M., Mason, W., Bywaters, P., Daniel, B., Featherstone, B., Mirza, N., Bunting, L., Scourfield, J., Hooper, J. & Webb, C. (2017) Social work, deprivation and child welfare interventions. Child and Family Social Work. ISSN 1356-7500 (In Press)

Featherstone, B., Morris, K., Daniel, B., Bywaters, P., Brady, G., Bunting, L., Mason, W & Mirza, N. (2017) Poverty, inequality, child abuse and neglect: Changing the conversation across the UK in child protection? Children and Youth Services Review 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.009.

Chantler, K., Baker, V., MacKenzie, M., McCarry, M., & Mirza, N. (2017) Understanding Forced Marriage in Scotland, [online], The Scottish Government, Social Research: Equality, Poverty and Social Security. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/6540.

Mirza, N. (2017) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: The role of the husband’s mother [online], Discover Society, available from: https://discoversociety.org/2017/10/31/south-asian-womens-experience-of-family-abuse-the-role-of-the-husbands-mother/

Mirza, N. (2016) The UK government’s conflicting agendas and ‘harmful’ immigration policies: Shaping South Asian women’s experiences of abuse and ‘exit’, Critical Social Policy, 36(4): 592-609.

Mirza, N. (2016) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: The role of the husband’s mother. [online], Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Briefing 80. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/14199.

Mirza, N. (2015) South Asian women’s experience of abuse by female affinal kin: a critique of mainstream conceptualisations of ‘domestic abuse’, Families, Relationships and Societies. [online], In Press. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14501013130928.

Mirza, N. (2015) South Asian women’s experience of family abuse: Exploring the police response. [online], Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Research Summary No: 21. Available from: http://www.sipr.ac.uk/downloads/Research_Summaries/Research_Summary_21.pdf.


Morris, K., Mason, W., Daniels, B., Featherstone, B., Bywaters, P., Mirza, N., Webb, A., and Hooper, J. (2017). Investigating child welfare inequalities: an integrated approach to mixed methods case studies, Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Mirza, N. (2017). Reframing agency in abusive contexts: Beyond ‘free choice’ and ‘open resistance’, Journal of gender based violence.

Mason, W., Mirza, N. and Webb, C. (forthcoming) ‘Using the framework method to analyse mixed methods case studies’ Sage Research Methods Cases