Ms Esther Sharma
Research Degree Student
My doctoral research explores the perinatal experiences of Afghan women in Serbia, using qualitative multimodal methods. It is interdisciplinary, drawing mainly from migration studies, anthropology and midwifery, to understand from a woman-centred approach, the perinatal period for women in transit on Europe's contested borderlands and their interactions with maternal health services. More information can be found on the project website here: www.birthingontheway.wixsite.com/project .
I completed MSc Public Health at LSHTM and have worked in the NHS in clinical roles as a midwife and in management roles over the past 20 years, as well as the third sector in the UK and Afghanistan.
I am an awardee of the LSHTM Public Engagement Small Grant Scheme 2020, for which I will develop composite narratives from focus groups to form webcomics for public engagement among health and civil society groups in Serbia.
Additionally, I work as a researcher on a University of Bedfordshire study, developing a co-produced community intervention to enhance uptake of antenatal care in Luton, funded by Wellbeing for Women.