She joined the Yunus Centre in 2016 as a Research Intern to work on a two-year project funded by the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office ‘Fair credit, health and well-being: eliciting the perspectives of low-income individuals (FinWell)’. The project aims to establish, from the perspective of low and moderate-income individuals, if an association exists between the use of financial services, particularly fair-price microcredit, and health and wellbeing, and the mechanisms through which any perceived association might operate. Fatma is working with Professor Cam Donaldson, Professor Rachel Baker, Dr Olga Biosca and Dr Neil McHugh and colleagues across the third sector.
In October 2017, Fatma started her PhD research, funded by a GCU studentship. The aims of her research are to understand the everyday financial lives of settled refugee women in the UK and to explore the relationship between microcredit and the empowerment of these individuals as a route to impacting wellbeing. Fatma’s PhD is supervised by Dr Olga Biosca, Dr Neil McHugh and Prof Rachel Baker.