Zaiba’s DPhil is funded by the Empire, Migration and Belonging research project. Her research focuses on school history education, specifically how engaged pedagogies may support a process of decolonising and work to strengthen young people’s sense of belonging.

Zaiba received a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. She then completed a PGCE in secondary history and an MSc in Learning and Teaching at the University of Oxford.

Zaiba taught history for four years in a state secondary school. She has also worked as an education consultant, helping to diversify curricula and support teachers to teach about the Partition of India.