Dr Zibiah Loakthar

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Zibiah Loakthar



Dr Zibiah Alfred Loakthar is a Lecturer in Refugee Care in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS) and team member of the Centre for Trauma Asylum and Refugees (CTAR) at the University of Essex. Zibiah is the PPS Inclusivity Lead and chairs the PPS Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre at Essex and an affiliate of the Centre for Migration Studies. Zibiah has over twenty years of practical experience working in social justice and equality sectors with diverse minority and refugee communities, leading advocacy, arts, community development, education, health, heritage, memory and oral history projects for charities including the Evelyn Oldfield Unit (, Relate London North West (, the Sheila McKechnie Foundation ( and Irish in Britain ( She is also a guest lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate Social Work students at Goldsmiths College, London. Zibiah sits on several charity boards, chairing Community Language Support Services, a refugee front-line support charity and acts as secretary for North London Deaf Children’s Society ( Zibiah is a trustee of the British Schools Museum (, has taught in schools in the UK and in Ghana and is currently a governor of a London primary school. In addition to volunteering with refugee sector charities, Zibiah has volunteered for charities such as the British Heart Foundation and Crisis. Zibiah has a PhD in Refugee Oral History, is a member of the Oral History Society and edited the Oral History Journal for a number of years ( She has been involved in a range of oral history life story projects in partnership with museums and libraries, including the Refugee Communities History Project with the Museum of London and an Oral History of Talking Therapists for the British Library's National Life Story Collection (( and has also delivered training to community groups about oral history methodology and practical and ethical issues to consider. Zibiah has an interest in disability rights and is learning British Sign Language. Publications include: Loakthar, Z. A. 2021. Refugee Organisations in London Remembered. Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage. 2 (1), pp. 19-26. 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)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

social justice, equalty, diversity, inclusion, refugee communities, migration, oral history, life stories, memory

Key words: refugee
Open to supervise


Journal articles (1)

Loakthar, ZA., (2021). Refugee Organisations in London remembered. Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage. 2 (1), 19-26

Grants and funding


Understanding the sociocultural barriers to mental healthcare among Muslim women in Colchester

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

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