Brian Oosthuizen

Research Student

I just completed the MPhil in Development Studies here at QEH and enjoyed it enough that I thought I’d stay for a few more years. My research looks at identity making and expression among LGBTQ+ refugees. Alongside my DPhil, I work as a user researcher for the Government Digital Service here in the UK. 

A lot of my work outside academia and GDS involves issues of social justice and inclusion, particularly on topics relating to gender and sexuality. For instance, I volunteer with an organisation called the Good Lad Initiative on behalf of which I facilitate conversations with schoolboys around the UK on masculinity, gender equality, and related topics. Other than that, I spend a disproportionate amount of time yearning for a puppy, (re)watching Drag Race, and shopping for variously patterned clothing.

Research interests:

LGBTQ+ Refugees, Self-Making, Identity, Storytelling, Photography, and Social Media