Dr Forough Ramezankhah

Title: Teaching Fellow
Phone: +44(0)1782 734515
Email: f.ramezankhah@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building, room CBC2.009
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Forough read Law with Educational Studies at Keele University and graduated with First Class Honours in 2005.

In 2006 Forough was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) in General Commercial Pathway from the College of Law, Birmingham. She undertook electives in Commercial Law, Employment Law and Welfare & Immigration Law and upon graduation with LPC began working at a private law firm specialising in Immigration and Nationality Law.

In 2007 Forough was awarded a scholarship to study Master of Research in Social Science Research Methods in Law at Keele University. Her dissertation was entitled, ‘Immigration Law and Policy: The Dichotomy between Theory and Practice.’

Forough gained a further scholarship to do a research degree at Keele University. In 2013 she was awarded with a PhD in Law.

Forough’s principal research interests lie in the field of International Refugee Law and its interplay with the lived experience of refugees. Forough is particularly interested in the socio-legal implications of the law. Her doctoral thesis which is entitled ‘Asylum Stories: A Socio-Legal Study of Iranian Claims for Asylum in the UK’ is an interdisciplinary study that involves applying methods and theories from social sciences to her main research interest. In the course of her study, Forough utilised aspects of disciplines as diverse as international relations, sociology and psychology. More specifically Forough employed an adaptation of Bourdieu’s theory of practice and the Free Association Narrative Interview method inspired by psychoanalysis as the mode of data collection.  

Forough has given conference presentation at:

The Society of Legal Scholars, Downing College, the University of Cambridge - 2011

Keele University Postgraduate Conference - 2011

Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars, the University of Westminster, London - 2009

Keele University Postgraduate Conference - 2008

Selected Publications

  • Ramezankhah F. 2017. The Tale of Two Men: Testimonial Styles in the Presentation of Asylum Claims. International Journal of Refugee Law. doi> link> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Ramezankhah F. 2017. The Tale of Two Men: Testimonial Styles in the Presentation of Asylum Claims. International Journal of Refugee Law. doi> link> full text>

Forough has taught at Keele since October 2013 on modules:

At Level 4

LAW10021 - Legal Skills

LAW10022 - Legal Systems

LAW10027 - Business Law

At Level 5

LAW20031 - Contract Law

Forough has experience of teaching at postgraduate level (MRes Sociological Theories) by invitation from the School of Sociology and Criminology at Keele. 

Forough’s journey into higher education is an unconventional one. In 2001 as a mother of two young daughters, she enrolled on ‘Access Course’ designed for mature students wishing to enter higher education. Whilst studying for a degree in law she volunteered at the local Citizens Advice Bureau for three years.  In 2003 she received the ‘Certificate of Advice Work Knowledge and Practice’ provided by the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Forough is particularly dedicated to work with asylum seekers and refugees on voluntary basis. Commitment to support this vulnerable group has been at the heart of her approach to academic study and voluntary work. A selection of her voluntary work includes:

December 2008 – December 2011

Volunteered with the Manchester Immigration Detainee Support Team (MIDST), in association with the Manchester Airport Chaplaincy.

September 2008 –September 2011

Responsible for establishing an Iranian Association, Iranian Community of North Staffordshire (ICONS). Solely responsible for securing an award in the excess of £26,500.00 following a successful grant application to ‘Robbie Williams Give it Sum’ managed by Comic Relief.

July 2008 - November 2009  

Member of the Destitution Sub-Group at Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau. The Sub-Group was established to tackle destitution among refugees, asylum seekers and those eligible for support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.