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Rumana Hashem

Rumana Hashem

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Dr Rumana Hashem is a Lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, covering teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She teaches four modules across undergraduate level, leads two undergraduate modules, and contributes to one postgraduate module, covering contemporary social theories of race, ethnicity and bordering, sociology of gender and sexuality, and contemporary approaches to public sociology.

Career overview

Rumana has joined the Nottingham Trent University in August 2022. Prior to coming to NTU, Rumana held posts at University of Nottingham and University of Warwick as Research Fellow. Before this Rumana taught in University of Leicester as an Associate Lecturer in Sociology, and she also worked at the University of East London (UEL), where she was a Research Fellow and Lecturer. At the University of East London she was a lead researcher for a community-collaborative research project awarded by the UEL Civic Engagement Fund 2015. Rumana has won collaborative teaching award at UEL and was nominated as Best Teacher in 2017 by OLIve students at the Department of Social Sciences and Social Work in Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London. She completed her doctoral studies at University of East London in 2014, and published widely. Prior to her PhD, she has taught on post-graduate courses in Gender and Development, and Sociology in BRAC University in Dhaka. She has also conducted post-graduate research in migration and gender, and displaced women and conflict within the Post-colonial Studies Programme in University of Munich and University of Hannover. Rumana is a well-known feminist-researcher and women’s rights advocate, who have extensively written about displacement and women’s rights, secularism, border struggles of women of colour, climate change and women’s roles, and forced marriage.

Research areas

Rumana’s research interests cuts across four interrelated areas including ethical narratives of ethnicity and border struggles, narratives of gendered violence in ethno-nationalist conflict, and authentic history of forced-migration and forced-marriage. Over the last 10 years, Rumana’s research focused on cross-fertilisation in methodological innovation in gender, border, forced-migration and conflict research, and her work coalesces around her interest in gendered migration and border struggles of young people and women from the Global South to contemporary Europe. Her research activities are located at the intersections between transnational social theories and decolonial feminist pedagogy; and cross-fertilisation in methodological innovation in research. She leads for the International Association for the Study of Forced-Migration’s Working Group for History of Forced-Migration and Refugees.

Rumana’s research explored macro and micro level analysis of and policy questions on gender relations and sexualised violence in ethno-nationalist conflict in Bangladesh; the effects of bordering and the refugee lived experience in Britain and Germany; impact of Covid-19 and government responses to forced marriage vulnerabilities in the UK; and reproductive health of young people in South Asia.

Rumana has received research funding from and fellowships at the German Research Foundation,  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the German Academic Exchange Service and other small grants for research. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Transnational Social Review, SAGE Research Methods Cases, Palgrave Macmillan and other international journals. Rumana has also written for non-academic publications including Open Democracy, The New Internationalist, Dhaka Tribune, and the New Age.

External activity

Rumana is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. She is a Co-I of Living Refugee Archive.

She is also an External Examiner for postgraduate dissertations to the Department of Sociology at the University of Sydney.

She is also a Co-editor of the Displaced Voices -A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, and a Co-ordinator of the History of Forced Migration and Refugees – an international Working Group for archiving and documentation of forced-migration and refugees.

Rumana is a Reviewer of the journal Sociological Research Online and International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • British Sociological Association
  • International Association for the Studies of Forced Migration
  • Network for Social Change, UK.


  • Hashem, R., Dudman, P. and Shaw, T (2023) Archiving Displacement and Identities: Recording Struggles of the Displaced Re/making Home in Britain. In: Shamma, Y., Ilcan, S., Squire, V., Underhill, H. Migration, Culture and Identity: Making Home Away. pp.55-78. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Available from
  • Hashem, R. (2021) Creating Space in the Archive for an Anti-oppressive Community Project: Recording Border Control and Subversion. Displaced Voices, 2 (1):74-81. Available from
  • Hashem, R. (2018) The Obliteration of heritage of the Jumma people and the role of government: The story of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. In: Wagenaar, P. and Rodenberg, J. eds. Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Ethnicity and the Role of Government, pp. 61-80. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hashem, R. and Dudman, P. (2016) Paradoxical narratives of transcultural encounters of the “Other”: Civic engagement with refugees and migrants in London, Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal of Routledge, 6 (1):192-199.
  • Hashem, R. (2014) Empirical research on gender and armed Conflict: Applying narratology, intersectionality and anti-oppressive methods. In SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. Available from doi:
  • Hashem, R. (2012) Narratives of violence and gendered experiences: Notes on methods and methodology, Crossing Conceptual Boundaries, 1(4): 50-62.
  • Hashem, R. (2010) Gendered dynamics of armed conflict: Analysing violence in the ethno-nationalist conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. In: Kara, N. ed. Gender at the Cross Road: Multi-disciplinary Perspective, pp. 387-396.Cyprus: The Eastern Mediterranean University.

Policy Papers and Research Reports

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Press expertise

  • Gendered and sexualised violence
  • Forced marriage, Covid-19 and representation
  • Bordering and refugee women in contemporary Europe and Asia.