SCDTP’s 2020/21 Cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows

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We are pleased to welcome our latest cohort of ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellows who will be with us until the end of the 2020/21 Academic Year.


Andrea García González

Andrea is based in the University of Brighton. Her trajectory combines practitioner work on gender mainstreaming in policymaking and gender-based violence prevention with academic research on armed conflicts and post-conflict situations. Her postgraduate research thus far has developed innovative anthropological perspectives on multiple dimensions of violence in so-called post-conflict settings, paying special attention to experiences of women during and after armed conflict. After conducting ethnographic research in Northern Ireland for her Master’s degree, her doctoral research engaged an in-depth analysis of the post-ceasefire process in the Basque Country. During the fellowship year, Andrea will work on the dissemination of her work through publications and will develop its impact on policymaking. She will collaborate with a regional governmental institution in the improvement of their incipient programme on memory and coexistence that deals with the consequences of the Basque armed conflict. In addition, Andrea will work on exchange between academic audiences and social policy practitioners through a symposium where practitioners and scholars working on gender and peacebuilding will meet to improve the effects of their work on social policy.


Camille Jacob

Camille Jacob is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Portsmouth, focusing on how the politics of English intersects with local and regional understandings of decolonisation, security and development in countries historically considered as “French-speaking”. Her fellowship extends her previous research in Algeria, undertaken as part of her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Portsmouth and her Leverhulme Trust-funded Postdoctoral Studentship. In addition to further fieldwork in Mauritania, she is also working on additional publications in International Relations journals, and continuing to collaborate with academic and non-academic partners in Europe and Africa, including the British Council, the FCDO and EU Delegations.


Debbie Hatfield

Debbie is based at the University of Brighton. She is a nurse and former senior lecturer having worked in healthcare education on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She completed her PhD in 2019 at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the Department of Medical Education. Sponsored by the Higher Education Academy, her thesis explored partnership working between services users and clinicians to commission and lead health and care services.  In particular, the features of effective service user – clinician engagement practice and how these can impact the design of health care curricula.  During her part-time fellowship, Debbie will be disseminating her PhD findings, including to patients, carers and lay representatives. She will also be consulting on and refining a practice iceberg model and conceptual map for patient and public engagement and involvement which evolved from her findings and can be more broadly applied.


Eliza Garwood

Eliza is based at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on LGBTQ kinship, families, intimacy and personal lives. Specifically, her PhD explored the experiences of adult-children raised by LGBTQ parents. In this fellowship year, Eliza will build on this by undertaking further qualitative research and producing a book manuscript on the life stories of people with LGBTQ parents in the UK. This book will provide rich empirical qualitative research on LGBTQ families, as well as engaging in wider theoretical debates in sociology, human geography and across disciplinary boundaries. During her fellowship, Eliza will also build connections with LGBTQ stakeholders, including charities, networks and community groups, to ensure her project is producing useful information for those outside the academic community.


Utsa Mukherjee

Utsa Mukherjee is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southampton. He received his PhD in Sociology from Royal Holloway, University of London. Located at the intersection of childhood studies and leisure studies, his research unpacks everyday leisurescapes of middle-class British Indian children and the leisure-based parenting cultures that underpin them. During the fellowship, he will be based in the department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology where he will work towards turning his PhD into a monograph provisionally titled ‘Race, Class and Children’s Leisure’. He will also undertake engagement activities with community groups and leisure industry bodies.


Yazhen Yang

Yazhen is based in the University of Southampton. Her PhD investigated the changing pattern of intergenerational exchanges of economic, social and psychological support exchanges within Chinese families based on the CHARLS dataset. During the fellowship year, Yazhen will complete her MPIDR research on “Grandchild caring and late-life depression: A comparative study in England, Europe and China”. She will be preparing academic journal articles from her PhD and the MPIDR project, and presenting her research findings to policy makers and practitioners, academic and non-academic audiences in the UK and China.

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