In what can only be described as a feat of endurance, Nasrul Ismail (Health and Welbeing, UWE) conducted 11 interviews across 6 countries in 2 weeks during March 2018. Nasrul used his Overseas Fieldwork Allowance to “undertake primary, in-depth, qualitative research interviews” essential to his PhD- which considers the effects of austerity on prisoners. He met with representatives from multiple different organisations, including the World Health Organisation; the European Court of Human Rights and the Irish Probation Service. Nasrul also met with three stakeholders in-between conducting interviews.
The OFA funding allowed Nasrul to realise his ambition to conduct all 11 interviews face-to-face and in thecities in which the interviewees were located.
Nasrul’s work is a perfect example of the fantastic opportunities presented by OFA. He received manyoffers for future collaboration, including: the offer of an internship in Vienna; offers to present guest lectures and an invitation to deliver a keynote speech at the 2nd International Correctional Research Symposium, Prague, in May 2018.
It looks like Nasrul is going to be kept pretty busy!