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Miriam (Mimi) Ocadiz is a s a PhD candidate within the Refugee Academy project Engaged Scholarship Narratives of Change where she focuses on the role of academia in the societal inclusion of refugees in the context of South Africa. 

She has a multidisciplinary background focussing on African Studies. Her very first studies were Hispanic Literature and Language at the UNAM in Mexico, followed by a bachelor in International Studies where she specialised in African Culture and Politics. Afterwards, she did a research Masters in African Studies (cum laude) dedicated to the Cuban medical cooperation in Mozambique and the contemporary embodiment of solidarity.

Throughout her personal and academic background, she has developed a passion for South-South cooperation from a decolonial perspective, along with feminist and critical theories in relation to diversity and migration in the global South. 

Prizes and Awards

Special Mention Humanitarian Communication Thesis Award 2018

Prizes and Awards

Honorable Mention, “Mujer migrante, cuéntame tu historia". National Institute for Women, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2017

Prizes and Awards

Uhlenbeck scholarship programm from the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University to perform six months of fieldwork (four months in Mozambique and two in Cuba). 2016

Prizes and Awards

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS). A highly competitive scholarship for Non-European students to complete a full-time master at Leiden University. 2015


Mimi is currently supporting the bachelor course Identity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Academic qualification

Research Master African Studies, Master, Cum Laude

Award Date: 29 Sep 2017

International Studies, Bachelor, Leiden University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015


  • HM Sociology
  • African Studies
  • Migration Studies
  • Decolonization


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