Her research interest is in migration, in particular transnational workforce issues, skills accreditation, ethical recruitment processes, migrant health and healthcare infrastructure needs and gendered migration policy. Ima is interested in the interface between research based policy and migrant and people of colour’s actual experience. Her work engages from the migrant’s perspective.
She currently works with cross party parliamentarians, migrant organisations, activists, artists, researchers and policymakers investigating and supporting the development of Scotland’s local, national and international perspective and narrative on aspects of migration and immigration.
She is a co convenor of Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet: http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/). She is Chair of the Board for Centre for Contemporary Art CCA Glasgow https://www.cca-glasgow.com/about-cca/what-we-do and Board member for the ILFA project set up to help communities of colour and migrants develop skills to navigate the discrimination they experience http://ilfaproject.org.uk/. She supports through steering group membership a range of organisations such as Migrant Voice http://www.migrantvoice.org/ developed by communities to increase representation at all levels of social and political engagement.
She is currently Principal Investigator on two projects: Development of a migrant skills recognition and accreditation hub for Scotland and Enhancing transcultural participation – through preventing female genital mutilation(FGM).
She is supervisor for PhD students working with Roma and African communities. Interested to supervise MSc and PhD students researching aspects of migration, migrant health and gender.