Dr Vita Terry
Vita is an experienced researcher and has a long standing interest in the voluntary sector, actively participating in the refugee sector in different capacities such as a policy researcher and volunteer, and for several years has been a trustee of a small local HIV charity.
Before joining IVAR, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, Open University, working on projects such as Lloyds Bank Foundation ‘The Value of Small’; Tracking the Transforming Rehabilitation programme; an Erasmus funded project on Entrepreneurial Leadership across European countries; and a collaborative leadership project. She has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, on projects including health seeking behaviour of residents in super-diverse areas and gender-based violence experienced along the refugee journey. She has been affiliated with the Third Sector Research Centre through working on the ‘Real Times’ project, and based there whilst undertaking an ESRC funded Social Policy PhD. Her PhD research project investigates how asylum seeker and refugee voluntary sector organisations navigate these challenging and complex times, with a particular focus on organisational change, and bringing back the role of actors and agency. Vita has also experienced working in a government setting whilst undertaking an ESRC funded internship at the Welsh Assembly.
More broadly Vita is interested in researching migration, integration, and issues around ethnic minority communities. Vita enjoys adopting different qualitative methods to co-produce research, including ethnography, visual methods and film-making. Outside of work, Vita enjoys hiking up mountains, autumnal walks with her dog and reading.