Dr Anya Ahmed

Dr Anya Ahmed

Senior Lecturer, Social Policy


Anya has worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Directorate of Social Sciences at the University of Salford since January 2012. Recent publications focus on migration, retirement migration, welfare reform, social housing, social exclusion, gender and ethnicity and research methods. Anya is also the Programme Leader for international postgraduate research students.

Before then Anya led a number of externally funded projects related to housing and was a Housing Consultant and Practitioner for a housing policy and management unit. Anya has extensive research experience across a range of subjects on migration and marginalised groups. As well as being a member of the European Social Research Council; Social Policy Association Executive; Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Social Policy and Society; Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH); and is an External Assesor for professional housing programmes (UK and International); and an External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University for undergraduate and postgraduate housing programmes.


Postgraduate training withi the field of:

  • migration
  • qualitative research methods
  • social exclusion
  • equality and diversity
  • housing and homelessness


Research Interests

Dr. Anya Ahmed has led a range of externally funded research projects examining the experiences of less heard communities and different forms of migration.

Post Implementation Evaluation of Homelessness Legislation (Welsh Assembly) (2016) (PI) £100,000 (April 2016-Nov 2017)

Measuring the impact of the Belong model on the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery, residents’ quality of life and the wider community. A. Ahmed, P. Ormandy (Joint PI, UoS). Jan 2017 –Jun 2018. Funding: £97,337. HEIF Funding with CLS Care Services (Belong Villages) (January 2017- July 2018)

Examining renal Social Work: service models, patient outcome measures, and impact of the social work role, to inform BKPA strategy and future grant allocation. Applicants: P Ormandy, A. Ahmed (Joint PI, UoS). Jan 2017 –Sept 2018. Funding: £111,256. HEIF Funding with British Kidney Patients Association (BKPA) (January 2017- July 2018)

Qualifications and Memberships

1990: BA (Hons) Social Policy and Sociology (University of Leeds)

1993: MSc Housing Studies (University of Salford)

1999: PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Liverpool John Moores University)

2010: PhD: Social Policy and Sociology (University of Lancashire)


Ahmed, A., Ackers, L.,. Ackers-Johnson, J. (forthcoming). Undergraduate learning and impacts during electives in low income countries: First do no harm? London, Palgrave.

Ahmed, A,. Rogers, M. (2016). Polly’s Story: using structural narrative analysis to examine a trans migration journey Qualitative Social Work Special Issue: Narrative and Social Work.

Ahmed, A,. Hall, K. (2016). Negotiating the challenges of ageing as a British migrant in Spain. GeroPsych Special Issue.

Ahmed, A,. Rogers, R. [Eds] (2016). Working with marginalised groups: from policy to practice London: Palgrave.

Ahmed, A. (2015). ‘Retiring to Spain: Women’s Narratives of Nostalgia, Belonging and Community’ Bristol: Policy Press.

Complete list  http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/