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Miss Mahlea Babjak

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Professional biography

I am the Centre Manager for FASSTEST, the Centre for Scholarship and Innovation at The OU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. FASSTEST supports the critical, scholarly evaluation of approaches to teaching and learning in the Arts and Social Sciences with the aim of providing an evidence base for good practice in higher education.

Prior to joining the OU, I worked across policy, advocacy, research, and network development to create a just society for all migrants. I advised on the Greater London Authority’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board, the Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Panel, and the No Recourse to Public Funds steering group. I also previously worked across 30+ countries on combating the issue of sexual and labour exploitation, gaining experience especially in program development and strategy.

I am in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. My thesis focuses on reframing the UK's anti-human trafficking narrative through the perspective of migration policy reform.

Research interests

Migration, exploitation, human trafficking, and policy reform. 

External collaborations

I am a Trustee for JustRight Scotland, Scotland's legal centre for justice and human rights. JRS uses the law to defend and extend people's rights. JRS provides legal services directly to individuals, including representation and advice and support for strategic litigation. 

I am also a Director for JRS Knowhow. JRS Knowhow creates accessible, inclusive, engaging, and fun digital learning experiences on human rights. We are value driven and use tech for good to create sustainable and innovative solutions. We help you to meet your training and learning goals and reach the people who are important to your work. 

If either of these connections would benefit your work at the OU, please do not hesitate to get in touch.