GCRF Forced displacemnt

  • Williamson, Emma (Principal Investigator)
  • Aghtaie, Nadia (Co-Investigator)
  • Begikhani, Nazand (Co-Investigator)

Project Details


The purpose of the research is to get a better understanding of the process of displacement and its impact on experiences and perceptions of Gender Based Violence (GBV) along with the potential for disrupting pathways to perpetration.
By using collaborative techniques between academics and refugee community partners, the research will co-produce data about how displaced communities experience and perceive GBV, involving both women and men.

The project seeks to disrupt GBV and improve the situation of displaced people through dialogue, exchange and connectivity of the co-produced knowledge between refugees in the UK and recently displaced people in Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). The research will be carried out in the UK (mainly Bristol) and IKR. The study will be conducted by experienced researchers from the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol, including, Dr Nazand Begikhani, Dr Nadia Aghtaie and Dr Emma Williamson.
We will also be working closely with the Refugee Women of Bristol, the University of Sulaimani’s Gender and Violence Studies Centre (GVSC), along with local NGO partners in IKR, including the Democracy and Human Rights Development Centre (DHRD) as well as the Z Company.

The research aims to:
• assess the nature and extent of GBV inside recently and previously displaced communities.
• investigate how GBV is understood by displaced women and men.
• coproduce knowledge that can engage different displaced communities in a dialogue about displacement, gender and violence.
• identify the ways in which experiential knowledge from previously displaced people can be exchanged with and connected to those currently displaced.
• explore how gender, as an intersecting identity category (with race, religion, age, nationality and location), influences perceptions of GBV across the displacement journey.
• produce findings/knowledge that will contribute to the disruption of GBV pathways for displaced communities.
• provide data to support national and international interventions.
Alternative titleGender Based Violence and Displacement
Effective start/end date1/11/1617/12/18

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research


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