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Maher Anjum

 Maher Anjum


Project description

I am interested in exploring the effects of migration on women. Like most 1st and 2nd generation migratory groups, in this instance those of South Asia descent, ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ has been divided between the origin- Bangladesh and where I live- the UK.

In my research I will explore the position of women in Bangladesh and British Bangladeshi women.  We wear the clothes made by the women in Bangladesh which are exported to the UK, Europe and worldwide. Women, like me, have migrated from Bangladesh, usually due to marriage or as a child – some exceptions were students, have settled in the UK. The migration patterns and the centre for mass production are rooted in colonial history thus linking both groups.


1st Supervisor: Professor Yasmin Ibrahim 
2nd Supervisor: Dr Amit Rai


Organisational Consultant, Senior Researcher and Programme Manager, with 15< years’ experience of developing evidenced based projects and building high profile public-private partnerships to achieve social progress, minimize environmental footprint and develop sustainable opportunities for those with limited access to resources and opportunities including young people  and vulnerable people.  Diverse skills in accelerating initiatives through, high level research, focus group with stakeholders building cross-cultural relationships, facilitating workshops and training, and delivering high-value global programs.  A consummate professional with considerable experience on the ground in South Asia, South Africa, The Americas and Europe.

Centre and Group Membership


Memberships and conferences                                                                         

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) – 2020
  • Common Purpose Global Network Alumni – 2002 – to present;
  • Panel member, Ethical Fashion Forum, SOURCE Summit, 2013 & 2015
  • Keynote speaker, South Asian Youth Cultures conference, London College of Fashion, 2014
  • Speaker, Readymade Garment Sector in 2020 RMG Sector in 2020, BGMEA Conference, 2014
  • Lecturer, Sustainable fashion and Emerging markets, London College of Fashion & Glasgow Caledonian University 2011-2017

Publications and training

  • Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases- Growth of Green Apparel Manufacturing Strategies in Bangladesh – The Sustainable Road Ahead, published November 2018. Hard Back published by Bloomsbury December 2020.
  • Friendship as a Mode of Sustainable Social Change in the Bangladeshi Ready-Made-Garment Sector (exploring women’s motivation & careers in the sector); Chicago Press, March 2018
  • Beyond the Creative Class, Mapping the Collaborative Economy of Bangladeshi Creative Industries: Case study of Oitij-jo, Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, March 2017.
  • Training in Cultural Intelligence, Future Learn - 2015
  • Will green growth bolster Bangladesh garment exports? Just-Style, 2015
  • Sustainable Development: A question of changing our beliefs and attitudes- Fashion Revolution, 2015
  • “Owning up To Being Middle-Class: the interconnection between race, gender & class and its effects after migration” article in ‘International Feminist Perspectives on Women and Social Class’, Published by UCL. 1999
  • “Neighborhood Health & Safety Audit: Working with black & minority women in LB Camden” – 1st Year Working Report. Published by Women’s Design Service part of Making Safer Places-1998. 1998
  • “The involvement of Black & Ethnic Minority Women in Community development – a case study of Bethnal Green City Challenge” in ‘New Frontiers of Space, Bodies and Gender’, edited by R. Ainsley. Published by Rutledge.  1998
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