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Fiona Costello

Research Assistant

Research and Enterprise


Fiona Costello

Prior to joining the University of Suffolk in January 2019, Fiona has significant experience in the voluntary sector specialising in working to empower and support culturally diverse communities and marginalised communities in the East of England.

She has completed a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree and an MA in Child Studies at Kings College, London. Her Masters dissertation focused on examining the international human rights of children and the direct application of both International and European Conventions and Legislation to access basic human rights.

Fiona’s core specialisms are around working with newcomers to the UK alongside the lens of UK immigration legislation and regulations, specifically working with women especially those who considered to be or likely to be ‘no recourse to public funds’ within a domestic abuse context. 

Fiona has also completed research on ‘Migrant Access to Healthcare in Norfolk’ published in 2015 and ‘Migrant Communities understanding of Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk’ as well as being a member of the senior management team and supporting the strategic direction of the charity, brokering partnerships and securing significant funding to support the continued success of the organisation.  

Fiona is a member of the Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research. She currently supports a range of domestic abuse projects, as a research assistant and is supporting the development of a Domestic Abuse Research Network.

  • Evaluating the Norfolk and Suffolk “Project SafetyNet” pilot service for migrant domestic abuse victims.
  • The Venta project: working with male perpetrators of VACC (violence, abuse, coercion, and control), in partnership with Iceni.
  • Evaluating the economic justice project --- routine screening for economic abuse into the delivery of domestic violence services (partners: Surviving Economic Abuse and Solace Women's Aid)
  • Evaluation of the Suffolk Refuges - Suffolk County Council
  • Gender Equality Impact Analysis at Local Government Level