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Dr Veena Meetoo


Lecturer in Sociology, University College London, United Kingdom



Dr Veena Meetoo is a Lecturer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Social Research Institute, and researches children and young people in familial, care and school contexts. As a sociologist, she is interested in the reproduction of inequalities through the intersections of 'race', gender, age and migration. She employs a range of qualitative methods including participatory, ethnographic and case study approaches with young people and professionals including teachers and social workers, and foster carers. Veena completed her PhD at UCL on the identities and positioning of South Asian girls in an 'everyday' multicultural school context. Her current research explores the care experiences of separated child migrants in the care-asylum nexus (see Children Caring on the Move (CCoM), ESRC funded,



Rosen, R., Aissatou, Prokopiou, E., Leon, L., Mika, Mirfat, . . . Zak. (2022). Stories too big for a case file: Unaccompanied young people confront the hostile environment in pandemic times. Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal.

Meetoo, V., Cameron, C., Clark, A., & Jackson, S. (2020). Complex ‘everyday’ lives meet multiple networks: the social and educational lives of young children in foster care and their foster carers. Adoption & Fostering, 44 (1), 37-55. doi:10.1177/0308575919900661

Meetoo, V. (2020). Negotiating the diversity of ‘everyday’ multiculturalism: teachers’ enactments in an inner city secondary school. Race Ethnicity and Education, 0, 1-19. doi:10.1080/13613324.2018.1497962

Rosen, R., Crafter, S., & Meetoo, V. (2019). An absent presence: separated child migrants’ caring practices and the fortified neoliberal state. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Meetoo, V. (2019). Beyond ‘between two cultures’: micro processes of racialised and gendered positioning of South Asian and Muslim girls in an ‘everyday’ British multicultural school context. Gender and Education, 1-17. doi:10.1080/09540253.2019.1632810


Intersections of 'race', migration, gender and childhood, children in care, mutliculturalism in educational contexts, participatory methods.
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