SCDTP’s 2019/20 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 2019/20 Academic Year.


Claire Warrington

Claire is based in the University of Brighton.  Claire’s doctoral work examined the phenomenon of individuals who are subject to high frequency police Mental Health Act detentions (Section 136); confirming this to be a proxy for community suicide prevention and a manifestation of unresolved trauma in a small number of women who are often labelled as personality disordered.  During her fellowship, Claire will build a national network focussed on evidencing and supporting multiagency best practice around recurrent suicidality and high frequency emergency service contact. She will also be working alongside Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex Police, as well as liaising with NHS England.

Eloi Puig-Mayenco

Eloi Puig-Mayenco is one of the ESRC Postdoctoral research fellows at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on Bi/Multilingualism during the lifespan. Specifically, he is interested in how previously acquired languages affect the initial stages and subsequent development of additive sequential multilingualism in childhood and adulthood. During the fellowship, he will examine the cognitive factors involved in the acquistion of a third language during childhood in the context of the United Kingdom.

Jo Wilding

Jo is based in the University of Brighton, and is working on legal aid, particularly for immigration and asylum cases. Her PhD investigated demand, supply, quality and financial viability for providers in the legal aid market, concluding that the market, as currently structured, is failing to ensure an adequate supply of legal aid advice across England and Wales and protecting the market position of poor-quality suppliers. She published a report, Droughts and Deserts, based on the findings of her PhD, which can be read here: During the fellowship year, she will be working with stakeholders in Sussex and the South West to identify and overcome area-specific barriers to advice provision, as well as investigating the equivalent legal aid market in Scotland, and engaging with policy officials and practitioner groups to formulate legal aid policy with lower transaction costs.

Josie Maitland

Josie based in the University of Brighton.  She is a qualified teacher and has eight years teaching experience, both in mainstream and special school settings. Josie carried out MAEd research focusing on creative arts approaches to increasing pupil belonging and engagement in school. Her PhD research explored staff perspectives of whole school approaches to mental health and wellbeing. In this fellowship year Josie will be preparing academic journal articles exploring whole school approaches to mental health and resilience, and setting up Knowledge Exchange events in four local areas across the country. These Knowledge Exchange events will enable practitioners and policy makers to consider the implications of Josie’s findings in a range of contexts and shape their ongoing intervention and evaluation. Josie will also be carrying out further research exploring young peoples’ experiences of developing a whole school approach, and what impact they have perceived as a result.

Luis Felipe Costa Sperb

Felipe is based in the University of Southampton.  His research focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to study through quantitative analysis how current environmental conditions may influence behaviour and cognition under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Felipe’s goal is to provide empirical support to the development of strategies and decision systems to support economic policy making.

Tessa Altman

Tess Altman is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southampton in the Department of Politics and International Relations. She was awarded her doctorate from UCL Anthropology in April 2019. Her research focuses on volunteer humanitarianism in climates of hostility towards migrants. A key activity during her fellowship will be turning her PhD research into a book, provisionally titled “Helping your neighbour: The politics of humanitarianism in Australia.” New research intends to focus on volunteer humanitarianism in the UK and Europe, including the Sanctuary movement. Tess has previously conducted research on voluntarism, citizenship and humanitarianism in the Netherlands/Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, and worked in government and NGO sectors in multicultural policy, volunteer management and research consultancy.

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