I have a Ph.D in postcolonial, cultural and diaspora studies. And I am focussed on sharing and exchanging intensive research with public or non-specialist audiences, in an accessible format.
I have over fourteen years’ experience of working in humanities research, within the context of culture and heritage, at various universities. I have a particular interest in postcolonial and diaspora studies, as well as more recent experience in reading studies.
Through Hadithi Consulting, I specialise in helping researchers explore how a humanities-led approach to public engagement for impact can be intertwined into practice.
Maya has worked on a diverse range of heritage and culture projects, led by high-quality research.
Maya has extensive experience of research intensive projects, as well as conducting her own research, at the University of Leeds, The Open University and the University of Exeter.
Maya gives people a voice. Her ability to break through barriers of class, age, and difference, as well as to reach out to different communities, is impressive. She builds trust and rapport with so many people, and her work is inspirational in capturing and highlighting stories and memories that would otherwise be lost.
Former Community Engagement Manager
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Maya has the rare combination of academic rigour and emotional intelligence, the ‘soft’ people skills that are vital to success.
Senior Lecturer in English
The Open University
Through a wealth of experience in collaborative project work and intensive research skills, Maya is an expert in stories of migration and cultural heritage. She is driven by a passion for her specialism and is a highly-skilled project manager.
Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literatures
Queen Mary University of London