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Dr Muna Abdi MA, BA

Lecturer in Psychology of Education


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 Identity. She comes from a background of educational research and critical theory.

  • About

    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 education courses, including Education, Psychology and Counselling, and Education Studies.

    Her main areas of research include 'race'/ racism in education, diaspora identities, belonging, and youth culture. Her research utilises Critical Race, Postcolonial and Black feminist theories and frameworks to explore racialized and gendered inequalities in education. 

    She has a keen interest in innovative research methodologies; namely storytelling and the ethical challenge of decolonial research. 
    Alongside her academic post Muna works closely with local government, schools, colleges and youth services to tackle youth (dis)engagement, young people's emotional health and wellbeing needs, and community cohesion. 

    Muna is also a member of British Educational Research Association (BERA), the Black British Academics (BBA) and the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN).

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Development and Society

    • Education, Psychology and Counselling 
    • Education Studies

    • The Psychology of Development and Social Behaviour
    • Cognitive and Social Psychology 
    • Social Justice Matters
    • Educational Identities 
    • Learning to Learn
    • Social In/Exclusion in Education Contexts

  • Research

    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.

    Other research:

    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.

    In 2016 Muna was part of a team commissioned by Sheffield City Council to evaluate Emotional, Health and Wellbeing provisions in schools across the city.

  • Publications

    Abdi, M.A. (2015) Performing Blackness: Disrupting 'race' in the classroom. Educational and Child Psychology, 32 (2). ISSN 0267-1611

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