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Mr Paschal Gumadwong-Bagonza

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

Paschal started out as a media practitioner in his country of origin. This was in addition to volunteering as a Counsellor/ Social Worker with marginalised group/s in his country. Paschal has volunteered with a number of charities in the UK. He has also volunteered with UN (online). Generally, he describes himself as a person of diverse professional backgrounds. He was granted a fees-only scholarship by DMU to pursue doctoral studies in forcibly displaced queer persons. His research project explores the lived and embodied experiences of queer asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. Paschal is also a visiting/associate lecturer in Social Work.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Queer forced displacement 
Queer im/migration 
Asylum seekers and refugees 
Mental Health 
(New) materialism 
Visual methodologies

Areas of teaching

BA (Social Work)
MA (Social Work)


MA Comparative Social Work 
BA Guidance and Counselling 
Dip. Journalism and Media Studies, Cert. Public Administration and Management
Professional membership as a Counsellor/Therapist with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 
Membership: British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS, online community) 

Honours and awards

- Awarded PhD fee-waiver scholarship 
- The Doctoral College Development Grant

Conference attendance

Bagonza, G. P (2020) Voice through the visual: exploring LGBT+ asylum seekers’ narratives (or experiences) through photovoice, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge – SOGICA Conference, 7-9 July 2020, University of Sussex (online)

Bagonza, G. P (2019) Voice through the visual: Photovoice as a platform for LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2019. Theme: Human Relationships and Wellbeing in Social Work, 9-10 September 2019, The University of Manchester, Manchester

Conference for Doctoral Students and Early Career Researchers in Social Work, 21 May 2019, Cardiff University, School of Social Work, Wales (Poster presentation)

Bagonza, G. P. (2018) Queer Lenses: Lived and Embodied experiences of LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, Loughborough Doctoral College, 2 May 2018, Loughborough University

Bagonza, G. P., and Tacchetti, M. (2017) Queer Roads and Pride Bridges, a Journey’s Worth? Out & Proud? LGBTI asylum in Europe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 5-6 October, COC Netherlands

Bagonza, B.P. (2017) Fleeing from/for Love: Redrawing Intersection Lines for Queer Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Intersectionality in Social Sciences Research, School of Applied Social Sciences Symposium. De Montfort University, Leicester. June 2017

Bagonza, B.P. (2017), In the Ethical ‘closet’ of studying LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees, British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum Regional Event, Theme: Public Sociology and role of the researcher: engagement, communication and academic activism, De Montfort University, Leicester, March 2017 

* Migration and Refugees Exhibition, The Gallery, Vijay Patel Building, 18-21 April 2018, De Montfort University, Leicester (Poster exhibition)

PhD project


Queer Lenses: Lived and Embodied Experiences of LGBT+ Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK


Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Julie Fish and Dr Zowie Davy Dr Momodou Sallah (Advisor)