Veena Meetoo

Dr Veena Meetoo is a Research Officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. She is qualitative researcher with over 15 years experience of conducting studies on children and young people in schools, familial contexts and out of home care.

Her background is in Sociology with specific interest in the intersections of ‘race’, gender, childhood and migration. Veena employs a range of qualitative methods including visual, ethnographic and case study approaches with young people, families and professionals such as teachers and social workers, and foster carers.


Veena has a PhD from UCL on the social identities of South Asian girls in an ‘everyday’ multicultural school context. In addition to being a post-doctoral researcher on Children Caring on the Move (CCoM), Veena is involved in research examining the everyday social and educational lives of young children in foster care. She also teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Researching Childhood, Migration and Society, Sociology of Gender, and Sociology of Childhood.

Veena is:
  • a Post-doctoral Research Associate with CCoM
  • Contributor to Work Package 1carrying out participatory research with young people in London