Associate lecturer, The Open University

Dr Sadaf Rizvi is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK. Her specific areas of interest are anthropology of education, childhood ethnography, faith schools and social cohesion, and Muslims in the West. She earned her doctorate in Social Anthropology from University of Oxford and conducted research on 'Muslim schools in Britain: Socialization and identity’. She taught ‘Islam in the West’, ‘Childhood’, ‘Working with Children, Young People and Families’ and is currently teaching ‘Research with Children and Young People’ at the Open University.

Sadaf has worked as a Research Officer, and then Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London from 2008 to 2013. She lead the MA module, 'Minorities, Migrants and Refugees in National Education Systems'. Prior to this, she taught ‘Ethnographic research methods’ at Brunel University, Department of Anthropology, and ‘Theories and Methods in Social Anthropology’ at University of Oxford. Before commencing her career in the UK, Sadaf worked for the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Her first career was in the development sector where she worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Islamabad.

Sadaf is the editor of two books, ‘Multidisciplinary approaches to educational research: Case studies from Europe and the developing world’ (Routledge, 2012) and Making sense of the global: Anthropological Perspectives on interconnections and processes. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Dr, The Open University, UK

Education

  • 2007 
    University of Oxford, UK, DPhil Social Anthropology

Publications

  • 2014
    Use of Islamic, Islamacized and National Curriculum in a Muslim Faith School in England: Findings from an Ethnographic Study’ in Chapman, D., McNamara, S., Reiss, M. and Waghid, Y (ed) International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-Based Schools, London: Springer,
  • 2012
    Multidisciplinary approaches to educational research: Case studies from Europe and the developing world, New York: Routledge.,
  • 2010
    Making sense of the global: Anthropological Perspectives on interconnections and processes. New Castle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.,
  • 2010
    'Telling the whole story: An anthropological conversation on conflicting discourses of integration, identity, and socialization,
  • 2008
    'Ethnographic research in a Muslim school: Reflections on fieldwork experience' in Sridhar, D. (Ed.) Anthropologists inside organizations: South Asian case studies. New Delhi: Sage.,
  • 2007
    News cultures, security and transnational belonging: cross generational perspectives among British Pakistani women’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 10 (3), 327-342. ,