Area and Development Studies

  • Alice Chadwick

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, School of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Youth volunteering in times of crisis: exploring young people's experiences of volunteering during the Ebola response in Sierra Leone

    My PhD research explores youth volunteering during the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, looking at how experiences of volunteering have shaped young people’s understandings of citizenship through the navigation of the socio-economic context in which they live. I use narrative methods to place young people’s stories at the heart of research, combining interviews and focus-groups with young volunteers with context level data gathered through expert interviews and policy analysis. My research seeks to understand what times of crisis can reveal about young people’s sense of identity and belonging in the hope of informing youth development policy and the improved inclusion of young people within responses to crisis contexts.

    Research supervisors: Dr Joe Devine, Dr Luisa Enria

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Member of Royal African Society

    Email: a.m.chadwick@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicechadwick/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliceMakepeace


  • Charlotte Sefton

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Gender, ritual and transnationalism in Sudanese migrant communities

    Research supervisors: Dr James Onley

    Email: ces218@exeter.ac.uk


  • Chris Cox

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies (Social Sciences & International Studies)

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Social movements and politics in post-‘Arab Spring’ Morocco and Jordan

    My PhD research intends to examine political activism at the grassroots level on two Middle Eastern and North African case studies. The comparative analysis will approach the topic from a Social Movements Theory perspective to identify, explore and evaluate the performances of major grassroot movements that took part in mass-protests in the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’. Crucially, it will assess how effective they have been in invoking socio-political and socio-economic changes since. The examination of transformations of such movements from 2011 to present will help inform understanding of political developments in these countries, especially on issues like democratisation and authoritarian resilience.

    Research supervisors: Dr Eleanor Gao, Dr Lise Storm

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Member of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies)

    Email: cjc233@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/christopher-cox-79a14498


  • Isobel Kingscott

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: The Gendered Experiences of Newly Arrived Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in Europe

    My research focuses on the gendered experiences of Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Europe. As such, it explores ways in which gender intersects with the changing economic and social roles that refugees experience. Ultimately, I hope to establish how gender affects refugees’ abilities to come to terms with, and adapt to, their new daily realities – whether negotiating changing familial relationships and managing new family responsibilities, living with uncertain legal statuses, affirming national and religious identities, being isolated from established Muslim communities, the adaptation of refugee children into mainstream education, or countless other obstacles that refugees may encounter.

     

    Research supervisors: Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Great Ideas Start With Discussion (GISWD)

    Email: i.kingscott2@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isobel-kingscott-0664a012b?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile


  • Joe Worthington

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: An Assessment of Pax Britannica through the British Residencies in the Persian Gulf and Contextualisation into Contemporary Anglo-Gulf Relations

    My research is focused on the Pax Britannica that Britain developed in the Gulf as a result of the British Persian Gulf Residency, between 1763 and 1971, the state building processes, dependency, and rentierism that was left behind post-independence. I am particularly interested in assessing how Britain’s position in the Gulf emerged as a tool of trade and defence in 1763, evolving into an entrenchment of the British position through the residencies, and then re-emerging again as a system of trade and defence after 1971. My research will contextualise contemporary Anglo-Gulf relations into Britain’s historic legacy in the region.

    Research supervisors: Dr James Onley, Dr Marc Valeri

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society

    Email: jw722@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-worthington

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/travelwith_joe

    Website/Blog: https://www.travellingpolitico.uk/


  • Lucy Barkley

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Food and the construction of community among the Palestinian diaspora in the UK

    My research utilises ethnographic methods to explore how food is used as a tool for community building by Palestinians living in the UK. Theoretically, the PhD engages with anthropological literature concerning commonality, kinship and relatedness. These concepts are applied to the ethnographic data to better understand how food and food practice can be read as an instance of resistance to diasporic living, and as a performance of banal nationalism.

     

    Research supervisors: Professor Ilan Pappé, Dr Jason Hart, Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Teaching assistant: Gender, Identity and Modernity in the Middle East; Ethnography of the Middle East  

    Email: lvb201@exeter.ac.uk


  • Mark Bracher

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Tracking ideological shifts: the surprising rise of Sunni Islamic Extremism in Lebanon

    My thesis explores the phenomenon of Radicalisation into Violent Extremism [RVE], with a specific focus on why certain ideologies become more or less accessible and appealing to a community as the socio-political circumstances of that community change. I have chosen the Lebanese Sunni community as my case-study for this research, as their recent history has dramatically demonstrated the propensity for preferred ideologies to change as circumstances change. Of particular interest here is how and why extremist religious ideologies have become increasingly accessible and appealing to communities traditionally supportive of secular ideologies; over a relatively short time period.

    Research supervisors: Dr Omar Ashour, Dr Eleanor Gao

    Email: mab230@exeter.ac.uk


  • Oliver Hayakwa

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Risks on the new Silk Road: China's growing political role in the Middle East and its potential contribution towards a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Research supervisors: Dr Michael Axworthy

    Email: oh255@exeter.ac.uk


  • Richard Wilson

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Exploring the nexus between Islamist violence and the foreign fighter phenomenon in Western Europe (using social movement and post-anarchist theories)

    Research supervisors: Associate Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer

    Email: rjw231@exeter.ac.uk