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Elida Cena


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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

My research interests are interdisciplinary crossing the fields of migration studies and psychology. I am broadly interested in studying migrant children and adults, 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. I use qualitative research methods and I have a particular interest in using creative methods in researching children and young people. I am currently collaborating with colleagues on a project exploring academic experiences and acculturation processes of international students at QUB. 



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 in two modules at Undergraduate level:

PSY2067 Psychological methods [Qualitative research]
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)


Adviser of studies for Undergraduate students
International Champion 
BPS Member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology
Northern Ireland Representative to BPS
BPS Member of the Qualitative Methods Section
Member of the European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching (ESPLAT) 
Member of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations

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Research Output 2017 2017

1 Citation (Scopus)

Changing places: children of return migrants in Albania in their quest to belong

Cena, E., Heim, D. & Trandafoiu, R., 25 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 44, 7, p. 1156-1176

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

economic crisis
qualitative method


Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

Elida Cena (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

earning a doctorate

Activities 2015 2019

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 3 Membership of network
  • 1 Membership of national or international committees and working groups

Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology Annual Conference 2019

Elida Cena (Participant)
04 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Queen's Annual Teaching and Learning Conference

Elida Cena (Participant)
17 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch (External organisation)

Elida Cena (Member)
Nov 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of national or international committees and working groups

European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching (External organisation)

Elida Cena (Member)
Oct 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network