Maiyoraa is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on democratisation, conflict, nonviolent and violent mobilisation, and quantitative methods. Maya holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Essex and a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Nottingham.
Prior to starting her PhD studies, Maiyoraa worked at Demos, Britains leading cross-party think tank. She worked on a diverse range of topics, including inequalities, welfare reform, and local economic growth. Her work involved conducting qualitative and quantitative research shaping British public policy. Maiyoraa has also worked in the third sector on the Rohingya Crisis conducting research on malnutrition in refugee children. Her aim is to regain control of the untold narratives she, and others in the South Asian diaspora, have inherited from their ancestral home, which are all too often restructured through a western lens.