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Speaker Biography

Dr Margaret Greenfields

Margaret Greenfields holds a first degree in Law and Anthropology from SOAS, a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from KCL in which she focused on comparative teenage pregnancy rates in the UK and the Netherlands; a Masters in Theology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Bath.

She worked for the Universities of London, Bath and Manchester as a researcher before training as a community lawyer with a particular interest in homelessness, migration and gender issues, and subsequently working as a legal policy officer for several NGOs.

In 2010 Margaret Greenfields became Founder Director of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU). She was promoted to the role of Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement in August 2012.

Since returning to academia Margaret has worked extensively in the field of social inclusion (with particular reference to accommodation issues and health), ethnicity, equalities and social justice with a specific emphasis on undertaking collaborative research with communities at risk of marginalisation, racism and ‘othering’.

Margaret has worked closely with Gypsy, Traveller and more recently Roma (GTR) communities for over 25 years and in recent years has been developing participatory action research programmes with vulnerable migrants; LGBTQI members of faith communities as well as refugee and asylum seeking women.

She has authored/co-authored and edited a number of books and journal articles, and numerous reports for local authorities, Central Government agencies (including the Department of Health; Communities and Local Government and EHRC); the European Fundamental Rights Agency, and charities. She regularly lectures and delivers training for NGOs and in academic contexts in the UK, Europe and South Africa. Margaret is a Trustee of London based youth charity (IARS) and also the national GTR organisation Travellers Aid Trust (TAT). She is currently supervising a number of PhD students in various fields relating to health exclusion and marginal citizenship.