Advisory board

The NQIfFM project has the privilege of having the support of an Advisory Group constituted of illustrious academics, Iranian community representatives, and mental health and voluntary personnel, all drawn in particular from countries where fieldwork takes place. The Advisory Board includes:

  • Dr Mehrdad Alipour, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK)
  • Hasan Hüseyin Halastar, lawyer, Families of LGBTI+ NGO (Turkey)
  • Hayriye Kara, NGO Kaos GL (Turkey)
  • Shahrzad Mojab, Dep. of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Dr Emma Russell, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stephen Silverwood, Director of NGO Refugee Radio (UK)
  • Paul Statham, Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex (UK)

The Advisory Board meets twice yearly with the research team and met for the first time on 24 February 2022, online. We used this opportunity to introduce Advisory Board members to each other, as well as to discuss the project’s parameters and progress so far. Advisory Board members shared very useful feedback on certain aspects of the project, including on how certain matters could be framed more effectively and ensure the fieldwork is carried out according the highest ethical standards.