Leona Forde


Leona is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Social Sciences. She is undertaking a PhD project examining young people’s political participation and how young people perceive immigration in the aftermath of the 2016 United Kingdom (UK) European Union (EU) membership referendum. The research is particularly focusing on perceptions relating to refugees and asylum seekers, who through the ‘Refugee Crisis’ in 2016 became conflated with issues relating to leaving the EU. She is undertaking this PhD research with the supervision of Professor Mark McGovern and Dr Lisa Moran. This research stems from her interest in politics and voluntary work supporting and empowering refugees and asylum seekers.

Prior to studying her PhD, Leona completed her Masters by Research titled “An investigation into how the experiences of refugees are perceived by those working to support them.” This work looked at how the experiences of refugees were understood by those who work with them, detailing the challenging and successful experiences of refugees once they arrive in the UK.


  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology, Edge Hill University
  • Masters by Research, Edge Hill University
  • Currently undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Edge Hill University


Leona teaches on the following modules in the Social Sciences Department:

  • SPY1110 Political Sociology
  • SPY1104 Introduction to Social Policy and Welfare
  • SPY2136 States, Conflict and Political Violence
  • SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies
  • SPY3115 Critical Youth Studies