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


  • Clare Hawkes

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, School of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: October 2019

    Research topic: Children at work: what working children in Dhaka say about child labour

    My PhD is an ethnographic study, conducted in a slum area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I aim to generate accounts of working children’s lives from their perspectives and an understanding of the web of relations that shapes their lives. My study explores children’s understanding of terms such as ‘freedom’ and ‘decent work,’ terms which frame child labour policy. My project is nested in an FCDO-funded research programme, Child Labour Action Research Innovation in South and South East Asia (clarissa.global) which seeks to reduce the most exploitative forms of child labour. I work closely with consortium partners in the UK and Bangladesh.

    Research supervisors: Professor Joe Devine, Dr Neil Howard

    Email: mcmh20@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/clare-hawkes-3bb16123

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HawkesClare


  • George Gumisiriza

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) / School of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Repatriationscapes: death and repatriation of human remains among African diaspora. A study into selected cases in London (UK)

    Moving away from Western / Eurocentric perspectives and focusing on Afrocentric death perspectives. My PhD research aims to draw to the mainstream; foster  understanding of Afrocentric perspectives on death, funerary rituals, and practices; their role within multi-cultural structures in shaping social cultural attitudes; policy, and regulations within the dominant discourse in the UK. I argue that Western narratives and models of theorising death matters have pigeonholed Afrocentric deaths, grief, bereavement  and losses in the UK. The gap in academic literature  has perpetuated power, authority, and marginalization by creating homogenized attitudes towards migrant communities  in death matters in the UK.

    Research supervisors: Dr. John Troyer ( University of Bath) , Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Bristol), Emeritus Professor Tony Walter (University of Bath)

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Member of The Collective for Radical Death Studies (CRDS)

    Email: gwg25@bath.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorgeGumisiriza


  • Geors Richards

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, School of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2019

    Research topic: The role of community volunteering in promoting accountability in the development and humanitarian sector

    My MRes year will include ethnographic research in Frome looking community volunteering for well being models.  My PhD will continue to look at community level volunteering; community well-being; measuring change; connecting communities; accountability to communities; INGO legitimacy; co-production and participation

    Research supervisors: James Copestake, Oliver Walton

    Email: ggr27@bath.ac.uk


  • 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


  • Jamal Abu Eisheh

    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: October 2020

    Research topic: Family reunification for foreign spouses of Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem: a case of permanent temporariness

    I aim to explore the functioning of the family reunification process for married couples where one spouse is a Palestinian residing in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the other spouse is a foreign national. The state of Israel, as an occupying power, governs the process of family reunifications. In Jerusalem, it is possible, yet difficult, to obtain a family reunification where the foreign spouse obtains a residency status. In the West Bank, foreign spouses can only obtain temporary spouse visas. In both cases, the state of Israel creates a legal border between Palestinian and foreign spouses, aiming at preventing foreign spouses from living in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Research supervisors: Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab, Professor Ilan Pappé

    Email: ja642@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: Jamal Abu Eisheh


  • 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


  • Maria Jose Ventura Alfaro

    Area and Development Studies

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

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: “Ni una más”: An exploration on how social movements against gender-based violence in Mexico influence policy development and community culture.

    Research supervisors: Ana Dinerstein, Severine Deneulin (TBC), Theo Papadouplos 

    Email: m.j.ventura.alfaro@bath.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


  • Nicholas Langridge

    Area and Development Studies

    PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department for Social and Policy Studies

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: Examining the environmental implications of Universal Basic Income (UBI)

    Universal Basic Income has been gaining prominence in political and policy circles, including as a response to the Covid-19 crisis. Multiple trials have been commissioned around the world, with many others being planned or requested.

    The social and economic benefits (and challenges) or UBI have been widely written about and researched. However, a dearth of knowledge exists on the environmental implications. I propose to fill this gap by examining how UBI could contribute to both mitigating and adapting to environmental crises.

    Research supervisors: Dr Neil Howard, Professor James Copestake, Dr Milena Buchs

    Email: nrl29@bath.ac.uk

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

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicklangridge


  • 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