Arts Sciences


Dr Afia Afenah

Afia is an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) and Personal Tutor at the Arts and Science Department. She is a social anthropologist working on urban diversity and migration, poverty and inequality, and the role of non-state actors in local governance.

She has conducted research and taught at a variety of interdisciplinary institutes including the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research (Helsinki), The Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Berlin) and the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg). Prior to her doctorate, she worked as a strategic consultant for the built environment alongside spatial planners, architects, engineers and economists.

In collaboration with a colleague from the University of Essex, she currently explores the uneven effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of colour in the UK, through qualitative research. Using an intersectionality approach, their enquiry focuses on how cross-cutting modes of discrimination intersect and amplify existing levels of inequality since the first nationwide lockdown began in late March 2020.