Dr Hoayda Darkal

Dr Hoayda Darkal

Research Fellow

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



I am a multidisciplinary researcher with expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods. I am interested in household economics, social resilience, and forced migration. My research focus includes: family and care; SGBV and forced migration; Syrian refugee artisans and Entrepreneurship; and co-designing a peer-led community approach to support the mental health of refugees.


  • PhD in Human Geography, University Of Plymouth
  • ResM in Human Geography, University Of Plymouth
  • BSc in Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Damascus University 

Professional membership

Associate fellow at the Higher Education Academy (HEA)



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Phillimore J, Pertek S, Akyuz S, Darkal H, Hourani J, McKnight P, Ozcurumez S & Taal S (2021) '“We are Forgotten”: Forced Migration, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and Coronavirus Disease-2019' Violence Against Women 28, (9) 2204-2230 , DOI
Bailey IG & Darkal H (2017) '(Not) talking about justice: justice self-recognition and the integration of energy and environmental-social justice into renewable energy siting' Local Environment , DOI Open access
Darkal H (2014) 'Women and poverty: Psychology, public policy, and social justice <i>Heather E Bullock</i>' Feminism &amp; Psychology 25, (4) 549-551 , DOI
Darkal H & Al-Dajani H (2023) 'Forced migration, resilience, and informal adaptive mechanisms' , DOI


Reports & invited lectures

International Week of Social Work, University of Birmingham.

Nocturnes: A Woman Refigured at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham.

Conferences organised

The 23rd Annual Population Postgraduate Conference (PopFest), 2015, University of Plymouth.