The SEREDA Project

Sexual and gender-based violence against refugees: experiences from displacement to arrival

Project Overview

The SEREDA Project (SExual and gender-based violence against Refugees: Experiences from Displacement to Arrival), funded by the Wellcome Trust, Volkswagen Stiftung  and Riksbankens Jubileumsfon through the Europe and Global Challenges Initiative, is a major new research initiative being undertakn in the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Turkey by a multi-country research team (University of Birmingham, University of Melbourne, Uppsala University and Bilkent University).

The research will increase understanding of the incidence and nature of sexual and gender-based violence experienced by refugees fleeing unrest in the Levant Region (with a focus on Syria and Iraq), to strengthen mechanisms for recognising and recording the extent of sexual and gender-based violence, and for providing appropriate responses – from the time of displacement, whilst in transit, and upon resettlement. The project will examine how the health and social consequences of sexual and gender-based violence are identified and treated, and how they shape inequalities in life chances in different countries of refuge.

The project is being conducted in partnership with national and international NGOs providing services and support to refugees who have experienced violence, including the Women’s Refugee Commission, Doctors of the World, Foundation House and the (Turkish) Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants.


For any enquiries regarding the SEREDA Project please contact:

Ann Bolstridge, 
Institute for Research Into Superdiversity, 
School of Social Policy, 
University of Birmingham

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4967
Twitter: @sereda_IRiS

Learn more about the SEREDA Project
(University of Birmingham website)


Bernadette McSherry [Melbourne Social Equity Institute]

Cathy Vaughan [Centre for Women’s Health, Gender & Society, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences|

Karen Block [Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Team, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health]


Jenny Phillimore [University of Birmingham, UK]

Lisa Goodson [University of Birmingham, UK]

Hoayda Darkal [Univeristy of Birmingham, UK]

Hannah Bradby [Uppsala University, Sweden]

Saime Ozcurumez [Bilkent University, Turkey]

Selina Kyuz  [Bilkent University, Turkey]

PhD Candidates

Hala Nasr  [University of Melbourne]

Claire Sullivan [University of Melbourne]

Sara Alsaraf [University of Birmingham, UK]

Sandra Pertek [University of Birmingham, UK]

Sian Thomas [University of Birmingham, UK]

Books, Chapters and Articles

Phillimore, J. and Goodson, L. (in press) Delivering social welfare in the age of superdiversity.  London: Routledge.

Akyüz, Selin, (forthcoming), “When Syrian ‘Girls’ meet Turkish ‘Boys’: Mapping Gendered Stories of Mixed Marriages”, Middle East Critique, (with Özgün Tursun)

Bailey, I. and Darkal, H., 2018. (Not) talking about justice: the unspoken challenges of integrating energy and environmental justice in renewable energy siting. Local Environment. 23(3), 335-351.

Pertek, S.I, Sharifa, A. (2018) Don’t Force Me, A policy brief on early and forced marriage, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham. Available at: (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Surti A., Pertek S.I. (2018) Lessons learnt from Somali Regional State of Ethiopia: Combating Gender-based Violence against Women and Girls in Dekasuftu Woreda. Faith inspired action to end GBV. Islamic Relief Worldwide. (Accessed 10 May 2018)

Phillimore, J., Humphris, R. & Khan, K. (2017) Reciprocity for new migrant integration: resource conservation, investment and exchange.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Bronitt, S. and McSherry, B. (2017) Principles of Criminal Law. Sydney: Thomson Reuters (1,041 pages)

Goodson, L. and Grzymala-Kazlowska, A. (2017) Researching migration in a superdiverse society: challenges, methods, concerns and promises. Sociological Research Online 22(1), February 2017. DOi: 10.5153/sro.4168

Hannah Bradby, Kristin Liabo, Anne Ingold and Helen Roberts ‘Visibility, resilience, vulnerability in young migrants’. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine online first pp1-18
DOI: 10.1177/1363459317739441 (2017)

Hannah Bradby 'Taking story seriously’, Social Theory and Health, 15(2): 206-222. doi:10.1057/s41285-017-0028-3 (2017)

Dunne Breen M., Easteal P., Holland K., Sutherland G., Vaughan C. (2017). Exploring Australian journalism discursive practices in reporting rape: the pitiful predator and the silent victim. Discourse and Communication, 11(3): 241-258

Ozcurumez,S. and Yıldırım, D.  "Syrians under Temporary Protection, health services and NGOs in Turkey: the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants and the Turkish Medical Association" In Scott L. Greer, Matthias Wismar, Gabriele Pastorino, and Monika Kosinska (eds), Civil Society and Health: Contributions and Potential, Copenhagen (Denmark): European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; (2017).

Almugahed, N., Pertek, S. I., Fida, N. (2017) An integrated approach to gender-based violence and child protection: Key findings from Mali, Niger and Pakistan, Islamic Relief, Birmingham. Available at: (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Nasr, H. (2017). Gender Justice and the Politics of Sexual Harassment in Cairo. In Women, Urbanization and Sustainability (pp. 221-245). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Humphris, R., & Bradby, H. Health Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health (eds) David V. McQueen and David Ashton. Retrieved 17 Oct. 2017, from

Hannah Bradby ‘Medical migration and the global politics of equality’ pp 491-507 in The Edinburg Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (eds) Anne Whitehead, Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (2016)

Cheung, S. & Phillimore, J. (2016) Gender and refugee integration: a quantitative analysis of integration and social policy outcomes.  Journal of Social Policy

Block, K. (2016). Marginalised Populations. In H. Keleher & C. MacDougal (Eds.), Understanding Health (Fourth ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vaughan C., Devine A., Ignacio R., Lacsamana W., Marco MJ. Zayas J., Sobritchea C.  2016. Building capacity for a disability-inclusive response to violence against women and girls: experience from the W-DARE project in the Philippines.  Gender and Development, 24(2): 245-260

Ozcurumez, S. and Yetkin Aker, D. “What moves the highly skilled and Why? Comparing Turkish Nationals in Canada and Germany” International Migration, 54(3),61-72, (2016).

Akyüz, Selin, (2016), “‘Overcome Your Anger If You Are a Man’: Silencing Women’s Agency to Voice Violence Against Women” Women’s Studies International Forum, 56. (with Feyda Sayan-Cengiz)

Pertek, S.I. (2016) Gender Study: Conditional Cash Project for Vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian Children in Irbid, Jordan. Islamic Relief Worldwide. Birmingham. Available at (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Phillimore, J. (2015) 'Migrant maternity in an era of superdiversity: new migrants' access to, and experience of, antenatal care in the West Midlands, UK,' Social Science & Medicine, Available online 25 November 2015, ISSN 0277-9536

Vaughan, C., Murdolo, A., Murray, L., Davis, E., Chen, J., Block, K., Quiazon, R., & Warr, D. (2015). ASPIRE:  A multi-site community-based participatory research project to increase understanding of the dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women in Australia. BMC Public Health, 15

Pertek, S.I. (2015) Gender Justice Policy, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham. Available at: (Accessed 13 June 2018)

Darkal, H., (2014). Heather E Bullock, Women and poverty: Psychology, public policy, and social justice. Feminism & Psychology, p.0959353514549298.

Ozcurumez, S. and Yetkin, D. “Limits to Regulating Irregular Migration in Turkey: What constrains public policy and why?”, Turkish Studies, 15(3), 442-457, (2014).

Akyüz, Selin, (2014), “Gendered Insecurities: Refugee Camps in Southeastern Turkey”, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, Vol. 4 no.1-2,(with Bezen Balamir-Coşkun)

Block, K.,Riggs, E., & Haslam, N. (Eds.). (2013). Values and vulnerabilities: The Ethics of research with refugees and asylum seekers Brisbane: Australian Academic Press

Goodson, L. and Phillimore, J. (2012) Community research for community participation: from theory to method. Bristol: Policy Press.

Ozcurumez, S. and Wylie, L. “Strategies for Change among Institutional and Societal Actors” (with L. Wylie), in Migrants and Health: Political and Institutional Responses to Cultural Diversity in Health Systems (Edited by Christiane Falge, Carlo Ruzza and Oliver Schmidtke), pp. 139-176, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, (2012).

Ozcurumez, S. and Senses, N. “Europeanisation & Turkey: Studying Irregular Migration Policy”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 13(2), 233-248, (2011).

McSherry, B. and Kneebone, S. (2008) “Trafficking in Women and Forced Migration: Moving Victims Across the Border of Crime into the Domain of Human Rights” The International Journal of Human Rights 12(1): 67‑87.

Bernadette McSherry, (2007) “Trafficking in Persons: A Critical Analysis of the New Criminal Code Offences“ Current Issues in Criminal Justice 18(3): 385‑398.

The SEREDA Project Working Papers

Phillimore, J., Pertek, S. and Alidu, L. (2018) Sexual and gender-based violence and refugees. The impacts of and on integration domains, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 31/2019, Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Block, K., Nasr, H., Vaughan, C. and Alsaraf, S. (2018) What responses, approaches to treatment, and other supports are effective in assisting refugees who have experienced sexual and gender-based violence?, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 30/2019, Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Thomas, S., Darkal, H. and Goodson, B. (2018) Monitoring and reporting incidents of sexual and gender-based violence across the refugee journey, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 29/2019, Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Simon-Butler, A. and McSherry, B. (2018) Defining Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Refugee Context, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 28/2018, Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Ozcurumez, S., Bradby, H. and Akyuz, S. (2018) What is the nature of SGBV?, IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 27/2019, Birmingham: Institute for Research into Superdiversity

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