Elida Cena

Elida Cena


  • Room 01.509 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in PhD applications in Pedagogic research in Higher Education. I am particularly interested in student belonging and wellbeing; International student experience; Transitioning experiences to Higher education


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Personal profile


I am a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. I completed my undergraduate studies, BA (Hons.) in Psychology and MA in Gender and Psychology both in Malaysia. I moved to the UK in 2014 where I completed my PhD (2014-2017) at Edge Hill University. In December 2018, I took up the position of Lecturer (Education) at Queen’s University Belfast.  


Research Interests

I am a qualitative researcher with interdisciplinary research interests crossing the fields of pedagogy and migration studies. I currently conduct research on the sense of belonging for international students and the promising teaching practices that increase student satisfaction. I also conduct research on student experience and student wellbeing. 
I am broadly interested in studying migrants and their children, their adjustment processes, belonging and practices of inclusion and exclusion, identity and wellbeing. In my PhD thesis, I have examined the experiences of return migrants and their children following the economic crisis and the ways they reconstruct a sense of belonging upon return. In my research, I use interviews, focus groups and creative methods.



I teach and coordinate two modules at Masters level:

PSY7063 Qualitative research methods, theory and application I
PSY7064 Qualitative research methods, theory and application 

I teach Qualitative research methods at Masters Conversion Level and Undergraduate Level

PSY7093 Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology 
PSY2067 Psychological methods 
PSY2066 Core Psychology II [Developmental Psychology]



Personal tutor for Level 1 students
Thesis supervisor for Year 3 students and MSc students in Psychological Science (Conversion)

I co-supervise several Doctorate students from the Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology [DECAP] programme. 

Tertiary PhD researcher - Saide Nur Duyar 



Chartered member (CPsychol) British Psychological Society

Adviser of Studies for Undergraduate Students

Committee Member of the British Psychology Society, Northern Ireland Branch

Irish Representative to BPS-Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology

BPS Member of the Qualitative Methods Section

Member of the European Society for Psychological Learning and Teaching (ESPLAT)

Member of Internationalisation Committee 

Member of Inclusivity Group

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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