Emmaleena Käkelä is a 1+3 ESRC-funded PhD candidate in Social Work at the University of Strathclyde. Her PhD is a mixed methods study exploring the practice of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) from a migration perspective. Her study explores on the one hand how experiences of migration and resettlement come to influence potentially affected people’s attitudes towards the practice, and on the other hand, how the Scottish anti-FGC discourse comes to influence potentially affected people’s resettlement and empowerment. Her study aims to illuminate the diversity within and between potentially affected communities in Scotland and to promote the inclusion of their perspectives in future practice and policy developments. Emmaleena identifies herself as a transnational feminist, and her wider research interests include gender and diaspora, identity formation, structural inequalities and postcolonial critique. Emmaleena is also a member of the Athena Swan self-assessment team at the School of Social Work and Social Policy.
Emmaleena has previously completed MSc Applied Educational and Social Research (distinction) as part of her ESRC studentship at the University of Strathclyde and MA Hons in Geography and Theology and Religious Studies (first class) at the University of Glasgow. Her previous research projects have explored Somali migrant women’s experiences of resettlement and feelings of belonging, as well as social workers’ experiences of service provision to ethnic and cultural minority service users.
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