School:Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Cynthia is a qualified social worker with wide-ranging knowledge and practice in children and families social work.
Cynthia worked in child protection in several children and families teams across Greater London before commencing her doctoral research at University of Sussex. During the PhD, Cynthia took on teaching roles with social work undergraduates and practice educators, as well as first year doctoral researchers.
Cynthia has also been engaged as an independent social work/social care consultant with various local authorities including, Thurrock, Barking and Dagenham, and Southwark, where she has provided research-informed child protection and parenting training to health and care practitioners and managers.
Cynthia is actively engaged in research theorising Black parenting within Western and African contexts.
Cynthia currently supervises doctoral students, and has been an External Examiner for PhD research.
Cynthia will welcome students for supervision in the following research areas:
Cynthia teaches the following social work courses, in addition to dissertation supervision:
ESRC Doctoral Research Award – 2011-2015
Okpokiri, C. 2020. How racism complicates Black parenting. The Conversation. (Available online at: https://theconversation.com/how-racism-complicates-black-parenting-140782).
TV presentation on BBC1 News Look East/West, Mon 8th June 2020 - discussing social changes relating to the racist murder of African American George Floyd (Available online at: BBC News - Interview)
Research: An exploration of the strengths in trans-national social work research and knowledge exchange: A UK-Nigerian partnership, 2019 – current
Associate Expert Court Witness (Practising Associate Member): The Academy of Experts.
Conference Paper: ‘No second chances: theorising Black parenting. Anglia Ruskin University Inclusivity Networks Conference, Mar 2020.
University of Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research - Panel contribution, 'Housing issues facing non-resident parents: Recommendations for policy and practice', Nov 2018.
Anglia Ruskin University, FHSCE Annual Research Conference - Presentation, 'A third way: bridging the gap between social services and minority ethnic parents experiencing child welfare concerns in England', Sep 2018.
University of Oxford, ESRC Doctoral Conference - Poster presentation, 'Nigerian Immigrant Parents and Child Welfare Issues', Apr 2015.
University of Sussex, Centre for Cultural Studies - Paper presentation, 'Multiculturalism', Mar 2014.
University of Swansea, Wales - Paper presentation, 'Nigerian Immigrant Parenting in the UK', Feb 2014.
University of Sussex - Doctoral Students' Conference, Organiser/Convener, Jul 2012