Victoria completed her degree in Geography at Jesus College, Cambridge in 2018, and then moved to an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.
Victoria's third-year dissertation was interdisciplinary, combining a personal interest in choral singing with academic ideas from these disciplines. As part of this research, she spent time completing fieldwork with choirs for refugee and asylum seekers in London during the summer of 2017. Having found this process intellectually invigorating and inspiring, she built on this research during her time at the Intellectual Forum. Victoria uses her experiences to inform policy on the benefits of creative and collaborative integration programmes.
During her internship Victoria:
- developed a mapping document of faith-based community responses to the problems experienced by refugees in the UK. This was in preparation for a conference held at the Union Chapel.
- researched and wrote a paper on the changing methodological issues in research in online space with specific reference to transgender sex worker populations with Dr Sarah Steele. This research is currently being adapted into a number of academic publications, including a paper with the ECDC.