Dr Matluba Khan celebrates successful applications to both the UCL Global Engagement Fund and the UCL Grand Challenges of Human Wellbeing Grant

Grants awarded to study displaced children’s experiences of places 

IHE Research Associate in Evaluation Research and Public Health, Dr Matluba Khan, achieves success in recent grant applications to the UCL Global Engagement Fund (£2000) and the UCL Grand Challenges of Human Wellbeing Small Grants Fund (£7,500). Both projects will look at displaced children's experiences of places aiming to improve and enhance Rohingya children's learning, health and well-being at temporary settlements (refugee camps) in Bangladesh. The research proposals were  developed based on Matluba Khan’s previous study looking into the potential of interventions for Rohingya children’s education and recreation supported by the UCL Global Engagement Fund 2018-2019 cycle. 

Many Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since their crises began, over 1 million Rohingya refugees are living in Coxs’s Bazar-Ukhia-Teknaf area in Bangladesh, of whom more than half are children. There is a dearth of understanding about displaced children's lived experiences in temporary settlements and children's voices are rarely sought in the design of their educational and built environment.

The UCL Grand Challenges fund will support research relating to the challenge of Human Wellbeing and Justice Equality, and will support cross-disciplinary collaboration related to the priority themes of Migration Health and Sustainable Development Goals - Goal 3: Global Health and Well-being, Goal 10: Reduced inequalities, Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities.

Dr Khan will collaborate with; Alexi Marmot - Professor of Facility and Environment Management, and Director of Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environment in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment; Dr Bayes Ahmed - from UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction; Dr Taifur Rahman - Executive Director of Health Management BD Foundation (partner org), also an Adjunct Faculty member of Department of Public Health, North South University Bangladesh Rahman; and Mr Sheik Rana, a creative writer and lyricist has published widely in Bengali literature.

The objectives of proposed activities are to gain an understanding of children's experiences in the refugee settlement through a series of workshops with children and other stakeholders. The development of a framework is planned, for a larger investigation into displaced children's perspective of places, in order to improve their wellbeing and transform their built environment.

The UCL Global Engagement Fund will further support a follow up meeting with partners, to share and exchange findings of the development so far and to discuss future actions.

The projects will shortly advertise for a paid short-term Research Assistant opportunity. To stay up to date follow  Dr Khan at her Twitter profile @mishtush

All images within courtesy of Dr M. Khan.