Dr Muna Abdi is Lecturer, researcher and poet, with a keen interest in the use of storytelling as a research methodology and pedagogical tool. Her work engages with a number of contemporary social justice issues, including; but not limited to institutional racism, Islamaphobia and politics of belonging. She comes from a background of educational research and critical theory.
Muna is a lecturer of Psychology in Education, based in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion. She teaches and supervises dissertations on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate education courses. She is also a supervisor on the Education Doctorate programme.
Her main areas of research include 'race'/ racism in education, diaspora identities, belonging, community engagement and youth culture. Her research utilises Critical Race, Postcolonial and Black feminist frameworks to explore racialized and gendered inequalities in education.
She has a keen interest in innovative research methodologies; namely decolonial narrative and participatory action research, with particular attention paid to the ethical challenges of doing decolonial research.
Alongside her academic post Muna works closely with local government, schools, colleges and youth services to help support work that tackles institutional racism, youth (dis)engagement, young people's emotional health and wellbeing needs, and community engagement. Part of her external work includes being a trustee of Astrea Academy, a multi-academy schools Trust.
Muna is a member of a number of networks. Within the university she is member of the Race Staff Network and the BME staff and student forum.
External affiliations include: British Educational Research Association (BERA), the Black British Academics (BBA) and the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN).
Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Social Sciences and Humanities
- Education, Psychology and Counselling
- Education Studies
- MA Education
PhD Thesis Title: ' Storying Selves in Turbulent Times: Exploring Four Young Somali Men's Experiences of Identity and Belonging Through Self-Representing Narratives'
Brief: This ESRC funded research explores the notions of identity and belonging through the use of self- representing narratives. It provides an account of the everyday lived experiences of four young Somali men in Sheffield and the ways in which they (re)construct and (re)negotiate their multiple identities in different social, cultural and educational spaces.
The research has since been disseminated through community forums, training workshops for staff in a local secondary schools and FE colleges and publication through journal papers.
Billington, T. Williams, A., Abdi, M and Lahmar, J (2015) Evaluation of the emotional well-being mental health service for schools. Sheffield City Council.
Stevenson, J., Demack, S., Abdi, M., & Stiell, B. (2017). The Broken Promise of Social Mobility for Young Muslims. Social Mobility Commission.
Abdi, M.A. (2015) Performing Blackness: Disrupting 'race' in the classroom. Educational and Child Psychology, 32 (2). ISSN 0267-1611
STEVENSON, Jacqueline, DEMACK, Sean, STIELL, Bernadette, ABDI, Muna, GHAFFAR, Farhana and HASSAN, Shaima (2017). The social mobility challenges faced by young muslims. Project Report. London, Social Mobility Commission.
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