Maureen Mguni

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Research interests

My research interests include HIV and Gender, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Migration as well as Mental Health in the United Kingdom and in Zimbabwe. My ongoing PhD study is on FGM, Gender and Social Work- Working Title: "Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) in the SE UK: A Narrative Analysis of Professionals’ and of Affectees’ Engagement with Social Work Practice".

Scholarly biography

I am a Doctoral Researcher and a Technical Instructor at the University of Brighton. In addition to this I am an FGM Consultant and a UK registered Social Worker (Child Protection/Mental Health). My areas of expertise include training, therapeutic intervention and awareness raising around HIV, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender-based violence (GBV) and Mental Health in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. I have experience in designing and delivering sustainable, comprehensive solutions to these challenges, working across the chain of causation.  I have over 14 years’ experience of working with women affected by and at risk of FGM, 10 of those years working with refugees and asylum seekers as an Advocate, Immigration Adviser and Project Manager. In addition to this I was a board member for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, co-founded African Women’s Support Project (AWSP), a domestic violence advocacy service supporting BME women in West Yorkshire and was previously co-opted into the Racial Justice Network, an initiative led by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MSc Social Work, University of Brighton

25 Sept 201630 Jun 2018

Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

French and Related European Studies, Leeds Beckett University

24 Dec 201125 Jun 2024

Award Date: 24 Jul 2012

Master, MA in Development Studies , University of Leeds

25 Sept 200325 Sept 2004

Award Date: 25 Sept 2003

Bachelor, BA Sociology, University of Botswana

25 Sept 199925 May 2001

Award Date: 10 Aug 2001

External positions

FGM/C Consultant

28 Feb 2020 → …

Senior Social Worker , Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

6 Jan 2020 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • development studies


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