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Elida Cena


  • Room 01.509 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in PhD applications in the field international migration; Student experience and belonging; International students; Integration of minority groups and their families.


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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

My research interests are interdisciplinary crossing the fields of migration studies and psychology. 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. 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 Qualitative research methods at Masters Conversion Level and Undergratuate Level

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

I currently co-supervise one Doctorate student from the Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology [DECAP] programme



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


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


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