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. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre at Essex and an affiliate of the Centre for Migration Studies Zibiah has twenty years of practical experience working in social justice and equality sectors with diverse minority 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 sits on several charity boards, chairing Community Language Support Services, a refugee front-line support charity and acting as secretary for North London Deaf Children’s Society ( Zibiah has a PhD in Refugee Oral History and was an editor of 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 in London and an Oral History of Talking Therapists for the British Library's National Life Story Collection (( Zibiah has an interest in disability rights and 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

  • Refugee Voices and Narratives (PA238)

  • Contexts of Refugee Experience (PA931)

  • Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (PA932)

  • Therapeutic Care for Refugees (PA937)

  • Placements in Refugee Care (PA938)

  • Dissertation - MA Refugee Care (PA982)

Grants and funding


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

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

+44 (0) 1206 876376


5A.122, Colchester Campus