Dr Aura LOUNASMAA
Lecturer, Director of Open Learning Initiative (OLIve)
Feminist Research Group, Centre for Narrative Research, Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging
Aura Lounasmaa is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences Foundation programme, Psychosocial Studies and Life Stories in the Jungle short course. She is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Narrative Research.
Dr Lounasmaa is a lecturer in Social Sciences and the director of the Erasmus+ funded Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) Course for refugees and asylum seekers at the University of East London. She is also a research fellow at the Centre for Narrative Research.
Aura is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, teaching on the foundations programme and in psychosocial studies. She is also a member of teaching staff on Life Stories in the Jungle short course in the Calais refugee camp.
Aura's PhD research is on Moroccan women's NGO activism. In it she examined the activism and discursive strategies of rights-based and faith-based women's organisations in Morocco. Her current research interests include ethics and methodologies of refugee activism and education.
Dr Lounasmaa is researching forced migrant access to higher education, narrative methods, participatory research with forced migrants and civil society activism. Her PhD focused on women's NGOs' political discourses in Morocco.
Research Field 1:
Forced migrant access to higher education
Research Field 2:
Participatory and narrative research methods
Lounasmaa, Hall and Squire (2019) ‘From margin to centre? Practising new
forms of European politics in the Calais “Jungle”’ in Cantat, C., Sevinin, E, Maczynska,
E. and Birey, T. (eds) Challenging the Political Across Borders: Migrants’ and
Solidarity Struggles, Budapest: Central European University Publishers Ch. 4, https://cps.ceu.edu/publications/books/challenging-political-across-borders-migrants-and-solidarity-struggles
Donà, G., Esin, C., &
Lounasmaa, A. (2019). Qualitative Research in Refugee Studies. In P. Atkinson,
S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J.W. Sakshaug, & R.A. Williams (Eds.), SAGE Research
Methods Foundations. doi: 10.4135/9781526421036849022
Lounasmaa, A. and Esenowo, I. with OLIve course students (2019)
‘Education is Key to Life: the importance of education from the perspective of
displaced learners’, Forced Migration Review 60 (March 2019) pp. 41-43
Co-editor: Calais authors (2017) Voices from the ‘Jungle’: stories from
the Calais refugee camp, London: Pluto
Lounasmaa, A. (2016) ‘Breaking down dichotomies in the narratives of
women’s activism in Morocco’ in Schwabenland C., Lange, C., Onyx, J. &
Nakagawa, S. (ed) The role of CSOs in women’s emancipation: challenging or
reinforcing the status quo? Policy Press
Brannlund, Kovacic and Lounasmaa (2013) ‘Trialogue on narrative research
and translation’, Narrative Works, 3(2) autumn 2013 (https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/NW/article/view/21469/0)
Breaking down dichotomies in the narratives of women’s activism in Morocco, in Schwabenland, Lange, Onyx and Nakagawa, Women's emancipation and civil society organisations: challenging or maintaining the status quo?
Lounasmaa, A.. 2016. Policy Press.
'Narratives in/of Translations: A Trialogue on Translating Narratives Cross-Culturally', Narrative Works
Brannlund, Kovacic and Lounasmaa. 2013.
Centre for Applied and Performing Arts seed funding 2018, Creative Spaces and Belonging
Winner of Most Inclusive Teaching Practices award at University of East London 2018 for the Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) course for refugees and asylum seekers
Erasmus+ KA3 Refugees Into Education 2 – Open Learning Initiative, 2018-2020 with Central European University (PI), University of Vienna and University of Thessaloniki
Global Research Challenge Fund, Refugee university education in Jordan: effects on education and employment progression, social integration, and personal wellbeing” 2018-2019
Erasmus+ KA3 Refugees Into Education – Open Learning Initiative, 2016-2018, with Central European University (PI) and University of Vienna
Participant at British Council funded WISH Early Career workshop, Cape Town October 2017 http://www.cput.ac.za/blogs/wish/
Winner of Guardian University Awards 2017: Student Diversity and widening participation, Life Stories course in the Calais Jungle refugee camp
UEL Impact funding 'Creating multimodal narratives in the Calais jungle’ 2016
UEL Civic Engagement funding 'Hard Edges - Lives behind the numbers' 2015
Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Scholarship 2012-2014
Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship 2011 – 2012
Psychosocial studies dissertations
Foundation in Social Sciences
Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) course for refugees and asylum seekers