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Suriyah Bi

PhD Researcher
Marriage and Masculinities in Motion: Examining Migrant Husbands’ Experiences of in Birmingham’s British Pakistani Community.



UCL Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Room 106
Gower Street

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Lecturer in Human Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, UCL (primary).
Dr Claire Dwyer, Reader in Geography and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, UCL (secondary).


Current Research

My PhD research explores the experiences of migrant husbands in the city of Birmingham, UK. My thesis is titled "Marriage and Masculinity in Motion: Examining Migrant Husbands' Experiences in Birmingham's British Pakistani Community."


Academic qualifications
2015-2018                        University College London
Ph.D., Geography.

2014-2015                        SOAS, University of London MA Migration and Diaspora Studies

2012-2012                        Sophomore College Stanford University, Mixed Race in the New Millennium (Exchange Programme)

2011-2014 Magdalen College, University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Human Sciences

I am a British Muslim of Kashmiri heritage. I was born and raised in Birmingham. I love cooking, am an avid reader, and a countryside-walking enthusiast. I completed my BA at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2014), during which I also received a scholarship to study at Stanford University’s Sophomore College (2012). After my undergraduate, I studied for an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2015), and am currently reading for my Ph.D at University College London (UCL).

During the course of my Ph.D studies, I have represented myself as a litigant in person in the Employment Tribunals after I was dismissed by a Birmingham Academy School. The tribunal provided a judgement in my favour in March 2017. I am keen to develop my legal skills further and blog about my experiences to enable others in similar situations to access justice.

In 2012, I was highly commended for Shell Woman of the Future Awards in the Young Star Category. I am currently a Mentee for the Fabians Women’s Network Mentoring Programme and am a graduate of the Labour Women’s Network Future Candidates training.

Twitter: @SuriyahBi




Bi, S. 2017. “Barefoot and Bruised: Unveiling Domestic Violence against Migrant Husbands in Birmingham’s British Pakistani Community” (in preparation).

Bi, S. 2017. “British Schools, Islamic Views? A child-centred perspective on the Trojan Horse Affair” (in preparation).

Bi, S. 2017. "Panopitcons, Power and Pleasure: Why the Hijab is not a problem." (submitted, awaiting confirmation).

Bi, S. 2017. “From Classroom to Courtroom: My Journey as a Litigant in Person” (in preparation).