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 completed my doctorate at the Rees Centre (University of Oxford) in 2018. My research looked at the processes underlying the low educational attainment of children in care. I conducted longitudinal analyses using a large administrative Canadian dataset.

I also have a long standing interest in the well-being of refugee and migrant children and participate in a number of related research projects.

I 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, assessment and staff well-being.

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.

I have also founded Oxford Pregnancy and Parenting after Loss Support, which brings together those who have lost children and are currently pregnant or parenting.

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