Researcher on the differences in political mobilisation of the Iraqi diaspora in the UK, Germany and Sweden.
Oula Kadhum’s research investigates in a comparative perspective the differences in political mobilisation of the Iraqi diaspora in the UK, Germany and Sweden. She is interested in exploring how the make up of diaspora, citizenship regimes, and foreign policy of host-lands affect the political opportunities and constraints for diaspora mobilisation following the 2003 international military intervention in Iraq. After successfully completing her 1st year review Ph.D. process, Oula accomplished the first phase of her field research in London, UK in the autumn of 2013. She conducted 27 semi-structured interviews among diaspora members of different ethnicities andsects that make up Iraq today. These include Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and Assyrians, as well as Iraqis who self-identify as Shia, Sunnis, Christians and secular, and stem from a range of political and social backgrounds. Plans in the near future include conducting focus groups in the UK, and continuing field research visits in Sweden and Germany in the autumn of 2014. Oula has written a paper on the Iraqi diaspora in multicultural Britain, and presented it at the ISA annual meeting in March 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Prior to commencing her PhD at Warwick Oula completed her Masters degree at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, where she wrote her dissertation on the gender impact of British security policy in Iraq following the 2003 intervention. She also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Kings College London and a Bachelors degree in French and Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.