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Sohail Jannesari is a post-doctoral researcher working on outcomes for survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. He is also the project lead on the Stolen Tools anti-racism journal (Race Equity and Inclusive Education grant), convener of the Inspiring Ethics group, project lead on developing a guide for mental health professionals working with Afghan sanctuary seekers (ESRC IAA award), and an expert on qualitative methods working at the Qualitative Applied Health Research Centre (hosting their podcast). He has completed a PhD on how the asylum process affects the mental health of sanctuary seekers. You can find out more about his work on his website

PhD finding summaries

Research Interests

Sanctuary seeker mental health, participatory research approaches, research ethics and integrity, human trafficking and modern slavery, innovative qualitative methods, colonialism and education, anti-racism in educational settings.


Sohail has designed and delivered a range of lectures and seminars on migration and mental health, arts-based qualitative methods, research ethics (particularly around participatory approaches) and decolonisation. He supervises MSc and BSc students on projects that bridge the gap between activism and academia. Sohail also has experience training and supervising lived experience researchers in the context of sanctuary seeking and modern slavery.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Sohail has spent over a decade working on different projects around migrant rights activism, including founding the Migrant Connections Festival and co-founding the Cotton Tree Trust charity. He trains and consults on participatory methods, research ethics, migration and mental health, and using arts-based methods for charities, other universities and schools. You can see the co-produced refugee poetry anthology he uses with schools here.