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

Research Project:

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.