Dr Zibiah Loakthar

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Zibiah Loakthar



Zibiah has over 15 years experience of working in social justice and equality sectors with BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) communities, leading arts, community development, education, heritage and oral history projects for charities including the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (, Relate London North West ( and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation ( She chairs Community Language Support Services, a refugee front-line support charity and sits on several charity boards including the Victoria Climbié Foundation (, Every Voice (, and North London Deaf Children’s Society ( Zibiah has been conducting oral history interviews with pioneers in talking therapy for National Life Stories at the British Library ( and is an editor of the Oral History Journal ( Zibiah is a member of the Human Rights Centre at Essex and an affiliate of the Centre for Migration Studies. Zibiah is learning British SIgn Language. Publications include: Alfred, Z. (2013) ‘Why Oral History?’ in Persian Food a Cultural Treasure, London: Iranian Association Alfred, Z. (2009) ‘Sharing oral history with the wider public’ in Kurkowska-Budzan, M. & Zamorski, K. (eds.) Oral History: The Challenges of Dialogue Studies in Narrative 10, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Alfred, Z. & Buchuck., S (2008) ‘The Concealing of Life Story Material and the Refugee Communities History Project’ in 15th International Oral History Conference on Oral History Dialogue with our Times, Guadalajara, Mexico: Centro Universitario de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, September 2008. Alfred, Z. & Buchuck, S. (2008) ‘Latin American refugee oral histories’, in International Conference on Literature, Memory and Imagination: Latin America and the Caribbean, Toluca, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, September 2008. Alfred, Z. & Yohannes, S. (2008) ‘Partnership, Innovation and the Refugee Communities History Project’ in International Conference Museums and Refugees – Keeping Cultures, London: Museum of Docklands, 2008. Alfred, Z. (2007) ‘The Relationship between oral history collections and Community Life’ in A. Hammel & A. Grenville (eds.) Refugee Archives: Theory and Practice The Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies 9, Amsterdam: Rodopi. Alfred, Z. & Tun, T.T. (2007) ‘Childhood Landscapes: An Educational Resource Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Diversity of Refugee Communities in London’, International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7 (5) 57-62. Alfred, Z. (ed) (2007) Connecting Communities, London: West London Refugee Women’s Forum Alfred, Z. & Tun, T. (2005) ‘Childhood landscapes’ [CD Rom], London: Evelyn Oldfield Unit Tomic, V. (2004) (editing and design Alfred, Z & Wilding, X) Bakine Kuhinje, Recipes from the former Yugoslavia, London: BRICKS Alfred, Z, (2003) ‘Culture Shock’ in Grant, H. and Bailur, S (eds) Volunteer Tales, Lutterworth Press


  • MA Philosophy and Theology University of Oxford,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Refugee Care, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Universiy of Essex (1/8/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Guest Lecturer, Social Work, Goldsmiths College, University of London (1/1/2013 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contexts of Refugee Experience (PA931)

  • Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (PA932)

  • Dissertation - MA Refugee Care (PA982)

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