Dr Nafhesa Ali


Room number: C02
Work Mobile: 07710761188
Email: N.Ali@sheffield.ac.uk

Nafhesa Ali received her PhD in Sociology in 2015 from the Centre for Research in Social Science (CRISS) at the University of Huddersfield. Her PhD used a life course social constructionist approach and looks at the ageing experiences of older (60-90 years) Pakistani and Indian settled migrant women’s experiences of age and ageing in the UK. Nafhesa’s PhD explores older migrant women’s transnational, gendered and matriarchal social locations, and the impact this has on negotiations of identity and belonging across life course stages. Nafhesa also project managed an oral history Heritage Lottery Funded research project, Asian Voices which archived first generation Indian and Pakistani migration experiences in West Yorkshire. Nafhesa has held RA posts exploring bi-lingual code-switched narratives of Punjabi speaking children, provided social research consultancy for community organisations and worked within the Community Mental Health Team within the NHS.

Research Interests

  • Everyday experiences of the life course
  • Age and ageing
  • Culture and religion across transnational spaces
  • Race and ethnicity


  • Qualitative research
  • Ethnography
  • Innovative research methods, which particularly address culturally and socially sensitive research methods

Current Research

Nafhesa currently works on the AHRC Storying Relationships project exploring young (16-30 year old) British Pakistani Muslims’ relationship practices.

The project is working with local and national organisations and stakeholders across Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear and Glasgow. It aims to explore and understand the everyday experiences, challenges and opportunities young British Pakistani Muslims (BPM) have within their relationship practices. The project will also be conducting individual interviews with Young BPM and training community interviewers.

Key Publications

  • Ali, N. R. (2015) ‘Exploring Older South Asian Migrant Women’s Experiences of Age and Ageing in the UK: Connecting Gender, Age, Family and Migration’. Ageing and Society (Working paper).
  • Ali, N. R. (2015). Exploring Older South Asian Migrant (SAM) Women’s Experiences of Old Age and Ageing (Doctoral dissertation, University of Huddersfield).
  • Ali, N. (2015) ‘Behind Closed Doors: The Complexity of Culture and Religion in Presenting and Interpreting the Self’. In: Kendall, P. (eds) Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak. USA: Trista Hendren Publications, pp. 183-188.
  • Wray, S. and Ali, N. (2014) ‘Understanding Generation through the Lens of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity’. Open Space Contribution in Families, Relationships and Societies, 3(3): 469-473. ISSN 2046-7435.
  • Ali, N. (2011) ‘Asian Voices: From South Asia to Springwood’. Local History Society Journal, 3: 1-5.
  • Ali, N. (2010) Asian Voices: First Generation Migrants. Huddersfield: Riley Dunn and Wilson.