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Sue Lukes has worked freelance since 1996, but started in refugee resettlement in 1974 as a volunteer. Having gained a degree in Modern History (specialising in 17th century Wales) from Somerville College, Oxford, she found work running a resettlement and community development programme with Latin American refugees. From 1983 she worked in housing, variously running housing aid, information, research, policy and legal services in London, latterly for Shelter.
Areas of expertise
Sue offers training, consultancy and research principally around migrant and refugee integration. She is an acknowledged expert and trainer on housing and migrants’ issues, rights and options, and editor of Housing Rights Information. She has a longstanding interest in advice delivery and ethics, particularly for migrants including the undocumented. She has worked on and headed many evaluations, reviews, research projects, and currently heads the Strategic Legal Fund.
- Developing new models of refugee resettlement and later housing aid delivery based on the emerging refugee and migrant community sector
- A report on the equality implications of being a migrant in Britain published by EHRC (research report no 19)
- Large body of work on migrants and housing, most recently work on Housing and Migration Network and a Migrant Housing Toolkit for East Sussex
She chairs Music in Detention, is on the board of ARHAG HA Ltd and a small grant-giving trust, a member of the London Mayor’s Housing Equalities Standing Group, convenes her synagogue education group, offers advice and training to a range of community organisations, ran the Chile Committee for Justice that organised around the extradition of Pinochet and occasionally helps with holocaust education (her father arrived with the Kindertransport in 1939). She is bilingual in Spanish and English.