Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Margaret’s key focus is on leveraging the potential for policy analysis, design and implementation to enhance equity of outcomes for minoritised communities and individuals at risk of discrimination and marginalisation experienced as a result of their (intersectional) personal characteristics and situation in society. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected 2021).
Margaret’s background as a policy professional, (who initially trained as a community lawyer with a particular interest in family law and homelessness) underpins her research, consultancy, teaching and evaluation activities as an academic.
She has worked extensively in the field of social inclusion (with particular reference to inclusion health and accommodation issues), ethnicity, equalities and social justice with a specific emphasis on undertaking collaborative research with communities at risk of marginalisation, racism and ‘othering’.
In addition to her work which engages with analysis of administrative data sets, design, and understanding the impact of policy and practice interventions on service users and other stakeholders, Margaret specialises in co-production of research, interventions, and action research with diverse communities.
She has a long history of working collaboratively with Romani Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, and more recently Showmen and Boater communities at local, UK and international levels. She has also developed participatory action research programmes with vulnerable migrants; LGBT+ members of faith communities; homeless people; and refugee and asylum seeking women.
Margaret has regularly collaborated with international academic, NGO and Government partners in Europe and on occasion in Africa, the MENA region and with partners in North and South America, South Asia and Australia.
Margaret is a member of ARU's Community and Social Inclusion Research Group.
Margaret’s research interests, and methodological focus on co-produced participatory and action research to support best practice in policy making, are closely entwined, arising from a concern to centre the voice of those people who are often most impacted by policy and practice implementations yet frequently ‘unheard’ by policy makers. She seeks to do this through the use of rigorous mixed methodologies to produce analysis which give voice to service users whilst remaining alert to the needs NGOs and policy professionals.
Margaret has a developing interest in the ways in which faith and community led groups, grassroots organisations and loose collectives of individuals with a focus on social justice coalesce to practically organise and support those at risk of marginalisation or injustice.
Her non-academic career in community law centres, legal charities and specialist NGOs working to support women experiencing (or at risk of) inter-personal violence, deportation from the UK, or legal challenges focused on their ‘fitness to parent’ as a result of sexual orientation, gender identity, destitution, or Travelling lifestyle have all fed into Margaret’s policy preoccupations and ultimately academic focus.
Margaret would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with any the following research interests/topics or in the areas outlined above:
Desiree Gibbins: The impact of teacher expectations (unconscious bias) on Gypsy, Traveller and Roma secondary school pupils’ attainment (part-time, commenced 2020)
Uchenna Nweke: Effectiveness of religious legitimating agencies in enhancing accountability and organisational performance of independent churches in the face of rising secularism and public scrutiny (full-time, commenced 2020)
Marjorie Johnson:: Examining the lived experiences of long-term South Asian YWAM primary health care volunteers working in South Asia (part-time, commenced 2020) (First Supervisor on behalf of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies)
Wayne Palmer: An investigation into the effect of military culture on the suicide ideation of veterans (part-time, commenced 2019)
Melody Wachsmuth: Understanding identity and social change through narrative: With special reference to Roma Pentecostalism in Croatia and Serbia (passed 2020)
Elisabetta Vivaldi: An exploration of the well-being and health status of Roma living in a “nomad camp” in Scampia, Naples (passed 2017)
Carol Rogers: Beyond bereavement: is close kinship enough? An exploration of the bereavement experiences and support in Gypsy and Traveller families (passed 2016)
Jenni Berlin: Assimilated individuals and segregated communities. A comparative study of the housing and living related well-being of Finnish Roma and housed Gypsies and Travellers in England (passed 2015) (First Supervisor on behalf of the University of Eastern Finland – funded by Finnish National Research Scholarship).
Margaret contributes to a variety of modules across the Faculty and more widely in the University based on her specialist areas of research and methodological practice, as well as contributing to Doctoral School training masterclasses and CPD events for professionals.
Greenfields, M.; Forster, N. et. al. (forthcoming 2022) Higher Education Opportunities for Gypsy Roma Traveller Young People in West Yorkshire: A Research and Evaluation Report. Leeds: Go Higher West Yorkshire
Greenfields, M with Khan, Z. 2021. An Evaluation of the Queens Nursing Institute Inclusion Health Programme, London: QNI
Greenfields, M & Rogers, C. 2020. Hate: “As regular as rain” A pilot research project into the psychological effects of hate crime on Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) communities Ware: GateHERT/BNU/MHCLG
Greenfields, M., Smith, D., Dagilyte, E., Ramadan, S. & Bright, J. 2019. The impact of migration in the Fenland area. A scoping report. High Wycombe: BNU/Rosmini Centre
Greenfields, M. 2019. Report of a Roundtable Meeting on Access to Higher Education for members of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) communities. High Wycombe: BNU
Greenfields, M, Kofman, E & Holloway, M. 2018. A Study of Mental Health Services provided to and accessed by Jewish Children and Young People (CYP) A Report undertaken on behalf of the Jewish Leadership Council London: IDRICS/BNU/Mddx University [confidential research report]
Greenfields, M; Allen, D and Smith, D. eds. 2018. Roma migration and resilience in the trans-national context Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Greenfields, M. & Smith, D. 2019. “Nothing New Under the Sun: Romany Gypsies, Travellers and their entwined historical relationships with working-class London communities" Journal of International Roma Studies 1(1)
Orton, L, Andersen de Cuevas, R, Stojanovski, K, Gamella, J, Greenfields, M, La Parra, D, Marcu, O, Matras, Y, Donert, C, Frost, D, Robinson, J, Rosenhaft, E, Salway, S, Sheard, S, Such, E, Taylor-Robinson, D and Whitehead, M. 2019. Roma populations and health inequalities: a new perspective. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 12 (5). pp. 319-327. ISSN 2056-4902
Greenfields, M & Dagilyte, E. 2018. ‘I would never have come if we’d known it might be like this’: On the (un)intended consequences of welfare governance of EU Roma migrants in Britain’ Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics
Asztalos Morell, I., Greenfields, M. and Smith, D. (2018) Governing underprivileged Roma migrations within the EU: Receiving country responses and Roma resilience. Local Economy, 33 (2). pp. 123-126. ISSN 1470-9325 (introductory commentary and co-editors of special journal edition)
Greenfields, M (2022 – forthcoming) Part Three: Protecting and Promoting Respect for Refugees’ Human Rights. Commentary and Review Chapter in Billings, P., (ed). Regulating Refugee Protection through Social Welfare Law, Policy and Praxis Abingdon: Routledge
Kochberg, S and Greenfields, M. (2022 – forthcoming) London Suburbs and the co-creation of LGBT+ Jewish Identities in (eds). M. Cook, Oram, A. and Bengry, J. Locating Queer Histories: Places and Traces in the UK London: Bloomsbury Academic
Smith, S., Greenfields, M., and Rochon, R. 2021. Gypsies, Travellers, and Roma in UK Higher Education: A View from Inside the Academy. in: eds. Simmons, N. and Podrebarac, J. Adults in the Academy: Voices of Lifelong Learners. Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching (20). Brill, pp. 101-109.
Brown, F and Greenfields, M. 2018. Roma Childhood and Early Education: a story of discrimination, in eds. Jaipaul R. Johnson, J. Quinn, S. and Patte M. The Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education, Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 325-340.
Greenfields, M. 2018. ‘Policy Input on the Front Line: pure research or activism? Dilemmas of the ethical academic’ in ed. Sam Beck. The New Roma Activism in the New Europe. New York: Berghahn Books
Greenfields, M. 2018. Participatory action research with migrant and asylum seeking women in Craig, G. ed. Community Development, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity, Bristol: Policy Press
Greenfields, M. 2018. Cultural Transmission in a Welcoming State. In eds. Allen, D. Greenfields, M and Smith, D. Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 236-255.
Greenfields, M and Smith, D. 2018. Resisting Assimilation: Cultural Trauma, Survival and Adaptation to 'Alien' Accommodation Forms: The Case of British Gypsy/Travellers in Housing in eds. Allen, D. Greenfields, M and Smith, D. Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 94-113.
Greenfields, M; Smith, D. and Dagilyte, E., (Forthcoming 2022) Eastern European agricultural workers in the UK: What current and future challenges exist to their incorporation into local communities after Brexit? Socio-Legal Studies Association. University of York. 6-8 April
Greenfields, M. 2022. De-Problematising Roma and Cigano youth and family engagement in Education and Problematising misrepresentation, misapplication and misunderstanding within the Academy. Keynote Speaker EduRom Project (2019-2021) Concluding Conference Lisbon, Portugal, 18 January
Greenfields, M and Smith, S. 2022. Taking the GTRSBintoHE Pledge Presentation and Workshop. HELEO National Conference, Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire. 14 January.
Greenfields, M. 2021. Invited speaker Expert Symposium Hate Crime As Regular as Rain: the prevalence and impact of experiences of Hate Crime for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Communities. Heriot-Watt University (online session) 20 October
Greenfields, M and Smith. S. 2021. Taking a Whole University Approach to GTRSBintoHE Inclusion. NERUPI Annual Conference Transitions and Transformations: New Opportunities for a 21st Century Education? (online) 16 September.
Greenfields, M and Smith, S. 2021. Anti-racist Social Work – From Words to Action. Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (JSWEC) (invited speaker) Cardiff (blended/online) 8 July
Greenfields, M and Smith S. 2021. The GTRSBintoHE Pledge (presentation and workshop session) Main conference stream Presentation and Workshop session in Opening the Doors to GTRSB students Conference. Winchester University/Online Invited Speakers) 16 June
Greenfields, M; Smith, D. and Dagilyte, E., 2020. East European agricultural workers in the UK: what current and future challenges exist to post-Brexit incorporation into labour markets and communities?’ Social Dynamics: Inequalities, Integration, Mobility and Migration, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, 16 November.
Greenfields, M. 2020: Invited speaker NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Winter Summit. Engaging with Gypsy, Traveller and Roma students and encouraging participation utilising data analysis to understand the local and national context. “Can data drive access & participation? How data can help higher education providers and partnerships meet their targets” Birmingham, UK, 29 January
Greenfields, M. 2019: Workshop convenor/Chair for the Traveller Movement national policy conference. Workshop 2: “We are speaking up, who is listening? Mental health in GRT communities” London, UK 21 November twitter.com/GypsyTravellerM/status/1191339293429641219
Greenfields, M. 2019 – speaker at launch of MCHLG funded report on Migration in East Anglia and Brexit impacts attended by Minister for Brexit Steve Barclay, MPC, London. 6 November
Greenfields, M. 2019. World Health Organisation expert conference on development and good practice in migration health data gathering protocols, mapping migrant health needs – University of Pecs, Hungary (invited speaker/workshop convenor) mighealth-unipecs.hu/ 6-9 October
Greenfields, M. 2019. Keynote speaker at ‘A Hidden Community’ - Understanding Liveaboard Boater Inequalities” workshop and study day. Assembly Rooms, Bath, Somerset. 26 September
Greenfields, M. 2019 – invited participant/presenter – Home Office expert panel meeting on responding to the Women and Equalities Committee report on Policy Responses to GRT communities. 12 September
Greenfields, M. 2019. Co-convenor with Baroness Whitaker and special advisor Gill Brown on workshop at the House of Lords on Gypsy, Traveller and Roma engagement with HE. 6 September.
Greenfields, M. 2018. Keynote Speaker at expert seminar on Roma and social work engagement. ‘Over-Watched and Over-Here’ Covert ‘Policing’ of Roma migrants in the UK through social work interventions and access to welfare regimes in the context of Brexit Britain? Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES); Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. February 26.
Greenfields, M. 2018 – Expert panel member – Select Committee Women and Equalities Committee, Westminster Enquiry into Inequalities Experienced by Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities. Evidence provided 21-2-18 report published April 2019 publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmwomeq/360/full-report.html – with evidence given cited in a number of places in the report
Greenfields, M. 2018 – Rainbow Pilgrims – co-organised, convened and Chaired conference on experiences of Refugee, Asylum seeking and Gypsy, Traveller and Roma LGBT+ community members (project funded by Heritage Lottery) February.
From mid 1990s-present): Intermittent (averaging 2-4 times a year) appearance on radio and occasionally television and in print broadcast (including the Guardian; the Independent); BBC Local Radio, Sussex; Three Counties etc; Radio 4; Channel 4; ITV News); and other online/blog broadcasts as a special guest).
e.g. Belger, T. 2022. How schools can reverse Gypsy and Roma under-achievement. Schools Week. 25 January. schoolsweek.co.uk/gypsy-roma-traveller-pupils-achievement-mps/
Quarmby, K. 2021. Systematic Racism, Byline Times 24 May.
Quarmby, K. 2020. Hate targeted at Gypsy, Traveller and Roma linked to rise in suicides – report. The Guardian, 20 December.
Andersson, J. 2020. Hate towards Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities may be contributing to an ‘epidemic of needless deaths’ 11 December
Interviewee on Podcast Standard Issue June 28 2020 Fighting Racism against Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.
Interview Participant in “It’s Kushti to Rokker” Health of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma people’s short documentary film series by Travellers Times and Rural Media Company – launched 11 November 2019 twitter.com/ttimesyouth/status/1186358188435742723/photo/1
BBC Radio Sussex 12th December 2017 (morning News programme) interviewed on implementation of new ‘Public Space Protection Orders’ in the Brighton and Hove areas (legality and potential impact) which are targeted at nomadic Gypsies, Travellers and homeless people utilising green-space. (12 minute slot).
Vice News on-line article 19th July 2016. Greenfields quoted and health authority funded project report cited on article on mental health status and enforced movement of itinerant ‘continuous cruisers’ vice.com/en_uk/read/crt-boaters-canal-residents-evictions-travellers
BBC Three Counties (Morning News Programme) 7th April, 2016 interviewed in relation to impact of accommodation on unauthorised encampments, changes to legislation post August 2015 and Council of Europe attitudes to UK Government policy.
Summary of Report on Policing and Policy of Gypsies and Travellers on behalf of Thames Valley Police (December 2015) reported on BBC News 1/12/15 and via local press outlets e.g. Banbury Times. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34975680