Aoife O’Higgins

4065-566I worked as a practitioner for nearly 10 years in NGOs and local government before making the move to research. My work and research focus on the well being and rights of marginalised children and young people.

I am currently pursuing a doctorate at the Rees Centre (University of Oxford). My research looks at the processes underlying the low educational attainment of children in care in England. It includes an analysis of the trajectories of migrant children in care.

I also have a MA in Refugee Studies (2010) from the University of East London and a MSc in Evidence Based Social Interventions (2012) from the University of Oxford.

I have remained involved with practice and the NGO sector through consultancy work. I provide training and services to NGOs, lecture on social work courses, and conduct small-scale research projects and evaluations for charities.

I am vice chair of the board of governors at St Francis CofE primary school in East Oxford. I am also chair the curriculum committee and responsible for safeguarding.

I am project co-ordinator for the Oxford Refugee Health Initiative, a new project, which matches medical students to newly arrived refugee families in Oxford.

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