With over 20 years experience working in academia, the third sector, and as a freelance researcher and evaluator, Dr Nilufar Ahmed (BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, HE Cert (Couns.), PG Dip (Couns.), FHEA, FRGS, MBACP) is an award-winning professional bringing specialised expertise from across sectors to offer tailored work packages to meet clients needs.

With particular skills in working with marginalised and minority communities, Nilufar has the skills to engage with a wide cross section of individuals and populations.

About Me

With Mark Drakeford, First Minister for Wales, receiving my award for Management and Leadership

I am a Chartered Psychologist and I work as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Bristol University, where I am the Antiracism and Inclusion Lead for my School. I practice as a Psychotherapist in private practice, and am a Diversity and Inclusion trainer working across organisations of different sizes. I am frequently commissioned to consult on projects and institutional matters, particularly institutional racism by large organisations seeking advice on current protocols and to improve their practice, or to mediate and provide support to prevent matters escalating.

As a professional social researcher, academic, and mental health expert I have trained in a multidisciplinary context and my work is situated in an Intersectional framework. I bring skills, theory, knowledge, and experience from a range of areas including psychology, sociology, ethnography, geography, and gender studies.

My work has been published widely across a range of platforms, and I regularly contribute to media on topical issues. I volunteer widely with local community groups and run creative textile and art therapy workshops for groups of all sizes. I am on the Governing Board of a number of organisations.

In 2021 I received a prestigious national Ethnic Minority Welsh Woman of Achievement Award for Management and Leadership in recognition of the scope and intersectionality of my work tackling inequalities through antiracism and promoting mental health.

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My approach is situated within an intersectional framework which recognises we all have multiple identification categories that are fluid and dynamic and make up our identity. And our identity and everyday lived experience is enacted within structures of power and inequality which we all experience at individual and societal levels. You can read how I apply this in my therapy work here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-intersectional-therapy-dr-nilufar-ahmed/

There are three main strands to my work:

People and place – migration, Britishness, new and established migrant communities, community cohesion and integration, refugees and asylum seekers, ageing in place, belonging, social inequalities

Mental health – As well as working as a psychotherapist, my academic work explores anxiety, resilience, coping, self harm, suicide, isolation, loneliness, dementia. Mental health in specific contexts – ethnicity, ageing, carers, asylum seekers, police

Muslims in Britain – radicalisation, extremism, new identities, Muslim women, inequalities, generational experiences

My areas of expertise include

  • race, racism, and anti-racism
  • mental health
  • migration
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • health
  • poverty
  • inequalities

How can I help you?

My research skills have been honed over a number of independent and collaborative research projects. I have won research contracts and funding; delivered high quality research and evaluations, as well as bespoke training packages and published books, journal articles, chapters, and am regularly consulted for my expert opinion. My years of work and volunteering with community organisations continues to keep me grounded in everyday lives of people, and brings real perspective to big issues. I can provide expert advice in designing and commissioning research or community projects, as well as conducting and delivering to the end product. With an eye to detail and rigorous methodology, I can write funding proposals and bids to ensure that ideas can be translated in to practical and achievable results. My training packages draw from eclectic yet evidence based sources including social studies, psychology, history, economics, politics, and current affairs. I work with every client to ensure the content meets the needs of your organisation, tailoring to your teams needs.

My mental health work spans everything from designing and delivering large randomised controlled trials, designing and setting up culturally relevant mental health services for local authorities, to one to one counselling and psychotherapy. As well as research, teaching, and training on mental health (particularly mental health and diversity), I deliver a range of mindfulness and wellbeing workshops using a variety of creative art therapy approaches.

Get in Touch

Drop me an email at nilu@nilufarahmed.com or just fill out the form below.

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Organisations I hold a position at:

Trustee at Help Counselling!

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Governing Board Member at St Helen’s Primary School http://www.sthelensprimary.ik.org/

Governing Board Member at WOW Film Festival

WOW Wales One World Film Festival – Whats On Cardigan Bay

Governing Board Member at South Asian Cinema Foundation

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