Somia Bibi BA (Hons), MA

Family Engagement & Outreach Worker and Volunteer Coordinator

Somia R Bibi is a Sociologist and researcher who joined Himaya Haven as a volunteer in 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic and shortly after joined the team as a Family Engagement and Outreach Worker. She has her BA (Hons) in Sociology & Psychology from Birmingham City University, a MA in Social Research & Social Change from Aston University & is presently writing up her PhD thesis at the University of Warwick.

She has worked for over 6 years in higher education as a lecturer and researcher. Having also undertaken work as a research consultant, mentor, and tutor.

Working within the community alongside undertaking research is a long-term passion. She wants to play a role in supporting and giving a space to those who can be pushed to the shadows.

Professional Development:

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm (St. Pauls Community Development Trust, January 2024)
  • Prevent Awareness Course (October 2023)
  • Gambling Harm Prevention Training (January, 2022)
  • Suicide Prevention Plus Training (January, 2022)
  • Suicide Prevention Training (2021)
  • Mental Health First Aider (2021, MHFA England)
  • Certificate of Attendance National Centre for Domestic Violence Information Session (2021)
  • Safeguarding Training (AFCS, 2021)
  • Data Protection Training (AFCS, 2021)
  • Digital Skills Level 2 (accredited, 2021)
  • Digital Skills Level 1 (accredited, 2020)
  • Recording your Lectures using Screencast-O-Matic (BCU EDS, May 2020)
  • Erasmus+ ‘Sound Minds’ TCA (2nd-6th December 2019)
  • Supporting Students with Mental Health Difficulties (BCU, May 2018)
  • Nvivo10 – An Overview for Complete Beginners (University of Warwick, Nov 2014)
  • Beginners/intermediate Training in SPSS (Aspect Training, 2014)



  • New Leaf CIC Employee of the Year Nominee 2021/Shortlisted 2021
  • UK Community Heroes Award 2021
  • ESRC 4-year scholarship at University of Warwick
  • Aston University/Banco Santander Scholarship
  • School of Social Sciences Annual Prize for Endeavours throughout the BA degree


Web-Based Publications

Bibi, R.S. (2021) Exploring the Experiences of Desi Single Parents. Available from:

Bibi, R.S. (2021) A Prison Guide to Help British Asian Families. Available from:

Bibi, R.S (2021) Prisoners’ Families: The Silent Victims on the Outside. Available from:

Bibi, R.S. and Chikwira, L. (2020) We are not just Black and Asian Minority Ethnic women: Belonging and the politics of belonging. Discover Society. Available from:

Bibi, S. (2019) ‘No Going Back after the First Pluck?’ Beauty Demands Blog. Available from:

Garner, S. and Bibi, S. (2016) ‘Skin-lightening Practices among Women in England: 1st Ever Base-line Survey.’ Beauty Demands Blog. Available from:

Garner, S. and Bibi, S. (2016) ‘Skin ‘Graft’: tHE politics of beauty’. Discover Society. Available from:

Research Reports and Project Evaluations

Bibi, R.S. (2022) Himaya Haven Project Evaluation Report 2021: Supporting BAME Families of Prisoners. Available from: 

Bibi, R.S. (2020) Himaya Haven: Report & Statement of Accounts 1st April 2018- 31st March 2019 and 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020. On behalf of third sector and non-profit organisation based in Birmingham: Himaya Haven.

Bibi, S. (2016) Skin-lightening in England a baseline survey: Preliminary findings and implications.


Media Work

Professional Memberships:

  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS)
  • The Feminist Studies Association (FSA)
  • Social Research Association (SRA)


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