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Melisa Maida is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Development (CGD) at Northumbria University. Her PhD research examines the negotiation of belonging of refugee and asylum seeking families in Tyneside. 

She has a particular interest in forced migration and displacement, belonging, intimacy and home-making and agency, resourcefulness and adaptation. She approaches research with collaborative, community-based, participatory and creative methods (photovoice).

She is currently working within the Volunteering, Climate Adaptation and Disasters (VOCAD) research group, part of the UKRI-GCRF Living Deltas Research Hub wider collaborative project. This project explores the ways individuals and organisations mobilise labour in their approaches to crisis response and adaptation.

Prior to her PhD, Melisa worked for humanitarian and charitable organisations including Voluntary Services Overseas, North of England Refugee Service and Crisis UK.

Research interests

Key areas of interest: Refugees and displacement; Belonging, intimacy and home-making;  Agency, resilience, resourcefulness and adaptation; Volunteering and mobilisation; Solidarity; Collaborative, creative and participatory methodologies; Photovoice. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

University of Cumbria

Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

Northumbria University

Award Date: 30 Jul 2005