Myra joined the Sociological studies department in October 2022 as a PhD student and has been awarded a Centre for Care scholarship. She is a part of the Borders and Care strand within the ESRC Centre for Care at the University of Sheffield. Her PhD project is titled “Doing family or undoing family?” – The case of Grandparental caregiving in Pakistani transnational families in the UK. The PhD will focus on ways in which migration policies shape families’ capacities to care across international borders. It addresses questions around how care is re-imagined and re-constructed by transnational families in the context of bordering regimes, the strategies families develop to navigate policy constraints and the outcomes of such constraints, including any particular gendered and aged inflections.
She previously holds an Msc. International Social Change and Policy degree from the University of Sheffield as well. Myra’s masters dissertation titled “Role of Education in Reducing Multidimensional poverty among Afghan Refugees in Pakistan – Analyzing Policy Responses” explored Pakistan as a case study to investigate the role of education in uplifting the marginalized communities such as refugees out of situations of deprivation by understanding the perceptions of policymakers and policy responses to this issue.
Myra has over three years of experience in various policy and research areas. Her last role was a an Associate Research, Policy & Donor Management at the Punjab Skills Development Fund. Myra also holds a bachelor’s in Finance & Marketing (Double majors) from the Lahore School of Economics.
- Migration & refugee studies
- Transnational families
- Borders & Bordering
- Poverty & Deprivation
Her project is supervised by Professor Majella Kilkey and Professor Julie Walsh.
- Centre for Care PhD Scholarship, 2022 – 2026, The University of Sheffield
- Allan & Nesta Furguson Masters Scholarship, 2018 – 2019, The University of Sheffield
- Deans Merit Based Scholarship, 2012 – 2016, Lahore School of Economics
- Global UGrad Alumna, 2015, Utica University