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    Kindy came to the world of academia much later than most folk. Whilst in a full-time job running real time telecommunications projects for a large hi-tech corporation, Kindy embarked on an MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warwick. On completion Kindy left her flourishing Telecommunications career to pursue a career in the public sector. Her path took her to complete a number of research projects on the impact of austerity on women and ethnic minority communities, experiences of racism amongst young refugee men and young women’s experiences of sexual violence. In 2019 Kindy gained her doctorate at Coventry University with her thesis entitled “’Choosing’ their own Partners: South Asian Women’s Lived Experiences and Responses to Intimate Partner and Familial Violence”.

    Kindy joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is researching “The Windrush Scandal – The Social Justice Consequences of Identity and Belonging on Victims and their Families in England”. As well as getting an understanding of people’s direct experiences, the impact on family relationships and how people see their identity and sense of British belonging is also being explored.

    Kindy has delivered lectures ties at Coventry University on the BA module ‘Race and Racism’ module and “Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Contemporary” module at University of Warwick.

    Whilst at the centre Kindy has won a bid as Co-Investigator in a collaboration with colleagues at Coventry University and University of Warwick and a local women’s organisation. This oral history project unearths Coventry’s South Asian women’s ‘hidden histories’ of seeking health care including childbirth, and antenatal care. This project connects Britain’s/Coventry’s colonial legacy to gendered and racialized experiences of health care, providing deeper understandings of disparities in health outcomes revealed by the pandemic.

    PhD Thesis

    The research broke new ground by bringing together South Asian women’s experiences of escaping familial domestic abuse, their agency in intimate partner choice and then intimate partner abuse. Whilst intersectionality has become a core concept within social science, applying it analytically to lived experiences remains underused. It was a core concept in my exploration of South Asian women’s socialisation and experiences of gendered norms, linked to their agentic subjectivity in intimate partner choice and intimate partner and family violence.

    Research Interests

    Kindy’s research interests cover analytical application of intersectionality to lived experiences to get deeper and more nuanced understanding of accumulation of power across multiple social locations.

    Kindy has extensive research experience in austerity across a number of policy areas ranging from housing, education, health and social care, to examine the intersectional impact of welfare and benefit cuts on multiple demographic groups.

    Emanating from her front-line and policy experience as well as PhD research a prime area of interest is Violence Against Women and Girls, specifically familial violence as well as intimate partner violence.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


    • HM Sociology
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Intersectionality
    • Austerity
    • Race
    • Gender


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