Sophia Hayat Taha is a British-Lebanese postgraduate student whose experiences in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual upbringing made her realise how Eurocentric her education has been.

She is a PhD candidate whose work takes a postcolonial feminist critique working with migrant women who have ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’.

Her PhD uses an interdisciplinary approach combining Law and International Relations to allow for a different understanding of how the State interacts with migrant women, moving away from an Eurocentric interpretation of law.  

The project combines postcolonial legal methodology with empirical research in local partner agency, Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice (SNSCA) to address the research aims.

Sophia was fortunate enough to be supported by a wide range of people so that she gained ESRC funding and is a NWSSDTP PhD candidate.

Research and scholarship

PhD Topic: “Mundane Manifestations of State Processes”: No Recourse to Public Funds and its Impact on the Identity of Migrant Women.

Further information

Sophia is a co-founder of Women of Keele Educate. She is also active with the Keele Postgraduate Union having held the role of Equality and Diversity Officer in the past and Activities Officer currently.

  • Refugees, Migrants and Citizens in U.K. Socio-Political Discourse: A Postcolonial and Discourse Analytical Critique, Journal of Global Faultlines, Forthcoming.

Poster Presentations: 

  • ‘Refugees, Migrants and Citizens in U.K. Socio-Political Discourse:  A Postcolonial and Discourse Analytical Critique’, presented at Life in the Margins Conference, Keele University, May 2019
  • ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’, presented at ILAS Postgraduate Conference, April 2019
  • ‘Transforming the Pathways to Justice: Knowledge Transfer and its Emancipatory Potential’, presented at AIS 2019 Conference, University of Amsterdam, October 2019

Conference Panels:

  • Panel on “Decolonisation, Curriculum, Challenging Current Hierarchies” @ [Keele Institute for Social Inclusion, ‘Tackling Inequalities’ Conference, Thursday June 13, 2019]  By Sophia Hayat Taha, Ade Bakare, and Fides Dagongdong
  •  ‘Under Read, Over Read, Wandering Free: Interdisciplinary Research and Finding Balance’, presented at Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference Practice and Knowledge Production, April 2019. 
  • ‘Citizens of Nowhere: cosmopolitanism, migration, and its colonial past. A Kantian approach to borders, rights and possible duties towards mobile peoples.’ Co Author with Christopher Murphy, presented by Christopher Murphy at ECPR General Conference at the University of Hamburg
  • ‘My experiences of protesting: Inclusive Activism’ presented at Keele UCU, Keele SU & KPA, Teach Out – Protest And Activism, Monday, March 2018