Imane Ghezal PGR Student profile picture

Postgraduate Research Student

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Imane is an international student from Algeria. She completed her Bachelor degree in American and British civilisation in Algeria. She worked on her undergraduate dissertation on multiculturalism versus the melting pot in the USA. She then got her master in TEFL. Her master thesis was on low self-esteem and its impact on the academic and personal levels of students.

She followed her passion for culture and society formation, which led her to pursue a PhD at the University of Liverpool in Sociology.

She is one of the APS-UK (Algerian PhD Students in the UK) committee members. It aims to support Algerian PhD students in the UK.


I started my PhD in May 2019. The Algerian government fully funds me. My research involves decolonial Islamic feminism, niqab, hijab and orientalism. My research investigates the narratives and experiences of Algerian niqabi women under the niqab ban and their transition towards the niqab. In short, this study aims to talk with niqabi women, not merely about them.

Thesis title

'Tracing the lived experiences of niqabi women in Algeria.'


Dr Diane Frost ( Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)

Dr Leon Moosavi (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)

Dr Mohammed Ilyas (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)


APS-UK Annual Conference: Presentation title: Working beyond the ethical uncertainty of COVID-19, Internet-based research, and culturally-sensitive issues.