PhD in Psychology Birkbeck , 2016 to 2019
Dominic Reilly is a Phd candidate in the Psychosocial Studies department at Birkbeck, University of London. His research interrogates the phenomenon of racialised ‘preferences’ – and prejudices – in the romantic sphere, using the hook-up and dating app Grindr as a virtual site of condensation through which to explore the wider racialisation of desire. Applying critical discourse analytic techniques to Grindr profiles and narrative interviews with Grindr users, the project explores the contemporary psychosocial life of historically-anchored discourses of ‘race’, gender, desire, and their intersections. Drawing on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework including object relations psychoanalysis, and queer, postcolonial and critical race theory, the project aims to better understand how ‘race’ becomes psychically and socially inscribed, and how it can be reified and amplified in online and romantic encounters. The project also aims to promote more reflexive user-engagement with Grindr in a bid to foster a more mutually-supportive culture in LGBTQ spaces.
In addition to his research, Dominic has previously worked as a management consultant across financial services, aviation and government, and currently works in public health, co-running an LGBTQ outreach project for Terrence Higgins Trust, which is exploring new ways of using virtual spaces (such as Grindr) to conduct public health interventions. Dominic completed a BA (Hons) in History and French at UCL and Paris IV La Sorbonne, and received an MSc in Psychology from UEL.
PhD in History Birkbeck, 2017 to 2020
Satya is a PhD candidate in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research reappraises the history of immigration and ethnicity in post-war Britain and how it was affected by local and national government. His main focus will be reconstructing Southall, a district of London, as a site of conflict around difference since the 1950s. This will provide the basis for examining wider debates around multiculturalism among black and minority ethnic communities and the impact of policies associated with multiculturalism.
He received an MA in Historical Research from Birkbeck College in 2016, after completing his BA (Hons) in Modern History at Christ Church, University of Oxford. His broader research interests include post-colonialism, trans-nationalism, and intersections between race, class and gender. This has comprised work into black feminist groups in Britain, the South Asian diaspora, and mental health among Afro-Caribbean migrants in Britain.
While at Oxford, Satya was awarded a Full Blue for fencing, having captained the University’s 1st team for two consecutive years. He continues to compete in fencing at an international level. During his sporting career he has travelled widely and represented clubs in Cuba, Ukraine and France.
We look forward to welcoming our most recent Scholar, Satya Gunput, who will embark on his studies at Birkbeck in the autumn.
PhD in Engineering Sciences UCL, 2015 to 2018
Nafees Hamid is a PhD candidate pursuing research in the psychology of political conflicts at the University College London. His research focuses on how sacred values, social identity, and situational dynamics push and pull individuals towards political movements which are radically opposed to mainstream values. A special emphasis is placed on movements that can have potentially destabilizing consequences such as the rise of right wing nationalist movements in Europe as well as the spread of Salafist-Jihadist ideologies. His techniques include ethnographic interviews, psychological surveys, and neuroimaging experiments.
Nafees holds a Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He also holds a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. His previous research was focused on moral reasoning and investigated how and when it is successful as a tool for persuasion.
PhD in Architecture UCL, 2014 to 2017
Killian Doherty is a qualified Architect from Northern Ireland. His research interests lie within the exploration of fragmented sites, settlements& cities at specific thresholds of racial, ethnic or religious conflict.For the past 5 years he has worked in sub-saharan Africa on a number of projects contributing to the post-conflict reconstruction of Rwanda, namely a Community Centre for a local football team in Rwanda, who educate youth with a focus on conflict resolution.
Rwanda is still emerging from the effects of the 1994 Genocide, yet underthe trajectory of development many low-income communities remain excluded due to their ethnicity. His PhD thesis questions the role of development within the post-genocidal reconstruction of Rwanda, exploring architectural & participatory design possibilities for community reintegration.
Killian has published papers, exhibits, and lectures on the subject of geo-political territories within South Africa, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Northern Ireland and the USA running a small collaborative practice called ‘Architectural Field Office’ (www.architecturalfieldoffice.org). This design and research studio focuses on critical community driven issues relating to housing and the city and is currently working on a number of education projects in Sierra Leone.
Imara Ajani Rolston
PhD in Social Psychology LSE, 2013 to 2016
Imara Ajani Rolston is a doctoral student based in the Department of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His doctoral research is a critical exploration of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s (NMF) use of the Community Dialogues as both an HIV/AIDS prevention and social cohesion building methodology in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Beyond AIDS prevention and addressing xenophobia and racial injustice, Mr Rolston’s scholarship is particularly focused on the contribution of Community Dialogues in reshaping the responsiveness of municipalities in order to ensure basic human rights and greater access to essential services and resources. It is through this prism that Mr Rolston explores the ways in which strategic grassroots dialogue and community organizing aimed at addressing significant contextual challenges like HIV/AIDS and xenophobia can in turn serve to enhance grassroots democratic practice and potentially contribute to the evolving global democratization discourse.
Mr Rolston brings over 12 years of professional experience to his doctoral studies. His experience ranges from restorative justice focused youth work in Toronto, Canada with Peacebuilders International to the development and management of large scale regional gender justice and women’s rights programs in the Horn and East Africa with Oxfam. He has also spent a number of years working on multilateral and bilateral AIDS intervention frameworks and national programs including the Global Fund to Fight Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). Aside from his professional work, Mr Rolston is an emerging film maker, using film to explore the history of race and racial inequity in Canada. His first film An(other) Antilles was funded and supported by Black Artists in Dialogue (BAND) and featured in the TD Banks 2013 Then & Now Black History Month Festival.
Mr Rolston’s doctoral research has had a direct impact on the work of global and local NGOs employing Community Dialogues. He has published online articles on Xenophobia in South Africa and currently sits on the board of Greenpeace Africa.
PhD in Geography UCL, 2012 to 2015
Bharath was a Bonnart Trust scholar from 2012 to 2015 in the UCL Department of Geography, exploring race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in hip-hop culture. His thesis was titled ‘The politics of the cipher’ and draws on the intellectual tradition of African-diasporic literary theory and the tools of critical phenomenology, to demonstrates that hip-hop culture encourages a form of multiculturalism based on intercultural exchange and sharing that goes beyond tolerance.
The project makes a number of contributions to the fields of political geography, hip-hop studies, and the politics of difference.
Its employment of theories of affect and embodiment helps illuminate the role that popular music plays in the mediation of racial and ethnic difference, adding theoretical resources on identity and alterity to debates in political geography. It is the first study to use these theoretical frames to understand the cipher, a term whose history can be traced through African-American and Black Atlantic religion and literature in the twentieth century.
During the PhD, Bharath was involved in developing research impact by engaging with various student organisations at the University of California, Berkeley where he organised workshops in order to incorporate the student community into the research project. In addition, Bharath has worked as a researcher for various NGOs working to counter Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime, most recently as Research & Digital Projects Officer for Tell MAMA. He has authored numerous reports on hate crime and extremism and served as an expert witness on these issues in the Houses of Parliament.
Bharath completed a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and an MSc in Globalisation at University College London, where he received funding from the Bonnart Trust to continue as a PhD candidate.
Maria Carolina Werdine
PhD in International Relations LSE, 2012 to 2015
Maria is a PhD Student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her PhD is investigating how the British counterterrorism strategy and legislation may act as a denationalizing agent, unfairly targeting the rights of the British Muslim minority. Her research is interdisciplinary, applying nationalism and securitization theory to government strategy and legal cases.
Her broad research interests are immigration, minority studies, terrorism, nationalism, Islam and security theory. She has a BA in Communications and Media from Bournemouth University and two Masters from the LSE. Outside of her academic interests, Maria is interested in ballet, is a Tottenham Hotspurs supporter and a Star Trek fan.
PhD in Educational Psychology UCL, 2013 to 2015
Tatiana Moreira de Souza
PhD in Planning (Architecture) UCL, 2011 to 2014
Tatiana Moreira de Souza has completed her PhD in planning studies at University College London in 2016. Her PhD research investigated the nature and extent of interpersonal interactions in neighbourhoods having experienced physical restructuring with a view to promoting social mix through housing tenure diversification. Opting for a cross-national comparative study between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands — with case studies in London and Amsterdam neighbourhoods where live large proportions of ethnic minority groups, and drawing from participant observation, semi-structured interviews and self-completion questionnaires – her research sought to shed further light on neighbouring relations and on the extent to which local public spaces, generally improved or created during urban regeneration, facilitate cross-tenure social interaction.
The analytical framework proposed in her thesis not only highlighted issues of geographical propinquity and homophily but also issues that were extraneous to planning and housing strategies and that affected the probability of encounters with difference and influence the way public spaces are used. Tatiana’s research interests include urban governance, social and ethnic diversity, as well as community and neighbourhood studies.
Since 2012, she has been working as a postgraduate teaching assistant in the areas of urban regeneration, urban design, and modules discussing the main socio-economic processes impinging on urbanisation and contemporary theoretical interpretations of the development, structure and sustainability of cities. Since 2015, she has also been working as a research assistant in DIVERCITIES (www.urbandivercities.eu), a project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration, which investigates the ways in which Europe can benefit from having an increasingly diverse population by focusing on issues related to social cohesion, social mobility and the economic
PhD in Gender Studies LSE Gender Institute, 2011 to 2014
Amanda Conroy is a PhD Student in Gender Studies at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her dissertation uses ethnographic methods to trace the intersections between masculinity, citizenship and state sovereignty in the Minuteman movement, a set of loosely-organized groups of U.S. citizens who organize patrols of the US-Mexico border in order to protect ‘national sovereignty’ and prevent illegal migration. It is interdisciplinary in approach, integrating international relations with feminist political theory and gender studies. As such it departs from traditional International Relations, which arranges locales of analysis hierarchically, privileging studies of world systems and states over the actions of individuals and the ideas and discourses that construct fields of ethical, moral and political possibilities.
The goal of her project is to integrate empirical research and theory in order to better understand the causes of nativism and nationalism. Amanda’s broader research interests include Renaissance and early Enlightenment political thought; contemporary political philosophy; feminist and post-colonial political theory; right-wing and conservative social movements; the intersections between gender, race, and nationalism; and the gendered dimensions of citizenship.
She received an MA (with Distinction) in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (UK) in 2009 and a BA (Honours) in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College (USA) in 2007. In addition to her doctoral work, Amanda is on the editorial team of the Graduate Journal of Social Science (http://gjss.org) and Engenderings, the LSE Gender Institute blog. She writes for Engenderings and the LSE British Politics and Policy blog and has written for the Guardian.
Salim Aykut Ozturk
PhD in Anthropology UCL, 2010 to 2013
Aykut is a Phd candidate in anthropology at University College London (UCL). His Phd project focuses on understanding the ways Armenianness and Turkishness are being performed in Turkey. As the aim of the project is to understand the diversities and the contextualities of identity, Aykut aims at portraying the dynamics of the relationships between Turks and Armenians. For this reason, Aykut is going to do fieldwork in Istanbul among Turks, Istanbulite Armenians and the post-Soviet Armenian immigrants from the Republic of Armenia.
Aykut holds an MA degree in Migration and Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he wrote a theoretical dissertation on the location of ‘diaspora’ in relation to our liberal understanding of public and private spaces. Before coming to SOAS, Aykut did MA in Political Science & International Relations in Bogazici University, where he wrote a thesis on the influence of Palestinian politics on the democratization process of Israel.
PhD in Architectural Design UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, 2009 to 2012
Mohamad Hafeda is an artist and a designer. He is a founding partner of Febrik, a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research works in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East and housing estates in London. He has a PhD degree in Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
Mohamad is a lecturer in architecture at Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. He is the co-editor of “ Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines,” (Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2011), and “ Creative Refuge,”(Tadween, 2014). Febrik’s projects include residencies and exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries, South London Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Mosaic Rooms, and Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.
PhD in Government LSE, 2009 to 2012
Henry Newman’s research examines Shii ecumenical thought during the early twentieth century. His projects examines how and why Persian and Arab Shia switched from conceptualizing Sunnis as heretical infidels towards considering them fellow Muslims. During the Persian Constitutional Revolution Shia Muslims began reaching out to the Ottoman Caliph – even addressing him as ‘our caliph’. Later in the years of the First World War, Shii clerics in the Iraqi shrine cities dismissed the difference between Sunnis and Shia. These early years of ecumenical rapprochement laid the path for a fatwa issued in 1959. The fatwa by the then Sheikh al-Azhar, Mahmud Shaltut, recognised Shiism as a fifth school of Islam, equal in status to the existing four Sunni schools. Despite continued sectarian conflict that decision was a game change moment opening the door for Muslim inter-sectarian tolerance.
Henry read Persian with Islamic Studies/History at Christ Church, Oxford; he then studied for a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard as a Frank Knox Fellow. He has taught Nineteenth Century Iranian History at the University of York; Middle East politics at Lincoln College, Oxford; a course on Political Islam at Harvard’s Department of Government; and Government and Politics of the Middle East at SOAS. His research is supported by a scholarship from the Wingate Foundation and previously by the Spalding Trust, British Institute of Persian Studies, Sir Richard Stapley Fund and funds from LSE’s Government department. Henry has written occasionally for the Guardian’s Comment is Free as well as for Slate Magazine and the Evening Standard.
PhD in Archaeology UCL, 2009 to 2012
Adi is a digital curator (Polonsky Fellow) working for the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) at the British Library, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). In 2014-2015 she took part in MicroPasts, a joint UCL – British Museum crowdsourcing initiative.
Her PhD dissertation focused on Israeli and Palestinian archaeological inventories in the occupied West Bank in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has a BA and MA (both with distinction) in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and had been working as a field archaeologist in excavations mainly in Israel between 2000 and 2009.
She participated in the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group (2005-2009), a joint bilateral group dealing with different aspects of archaeology in the occupied Palestinian territories. Her contribution was the creation of a database of all Israeli archaeological activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967.
This work was the impetus for her PhD research, realising how culture, history and archaeology can promote understanding and mutual respect between Israelis and Palestinians, and not just the other way around. Cooperating with Palestinian archaeologists, she hopes to promote the idea of shared heritage, help reducing prejudice and bridge gaps between Israelis and Palestinians.
PhD in Sociology LSE, 2001 to 2011
Yael is the Executive Director of Israel’s national association for blind and visually impaired children, Ofek Liyladenu. The association is the official legal representative for the children, their parents and families and the organization is leading on Disability Rights protection and promotion.
Previously, Yael served as the Head of Amnesty International’s International Mobilization Trust at its headquarters in London and was responsible for the organization’s global support and capacity building for its sections and national office on five continents.
Yael combined for decades her work as a Human Rights professional with academic work both in Israel and in the UK. She studied at the Centre for Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she researched the issue of civil-military relations and the impact on human rights.
PhD in Sociology LSE, 2007 to 2010
Victoria Redclift is a Trustee of the Bonnart Trust. Please read her bio here.
PhD in Law UCL, 2006 to 2009
Fatima is a PhD candidate in law and teaching fellow at University College London, where as a Bonnart-Braunthal Scholar she is writing her thesis on the effectiveness of the international prohibition of torture in the context of counter-terrorism. She is a teaching fellow in the Faculty of Laws at UCL, lecturing on Islamic Law, and teaching on the World Legal Orders and the LL.M. Human Rights courses, as well as teaching legal writing. She also served as the Postgraduate Editor of the UCL Jurisprudence Review.
Prior to beginning her doctoral work, Fatima obtained an LL.B., and LL.M. in Human Rights from UCL. She interned at the International Rescue Committee in New York and worked on the British Institute of Comparative and International Law’s project on democracy in Iran.
Fatima was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 2007 and is beginning a pupillage in 2010 at Garden Court Chambers, London.
PhD in Law UCL, 2004 to 2007
Ivana Radačić is research associate at Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences in Zagreb, working in the area of human rights and feminism. She is also a visitng lecturer at the University of Zagreb, the University of Osijek and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, and was a visiting lecturer at University College London, and UN University for Peace, Costa Rica. In addition, she teaches at the Centre for Peace Studies, Zagreb, Centre for Women’s Studies, Zagreb and Women’s Human Rights Training Institute, Sofia and collaborates with a number of NGOs on human rights education and strategic litigation. She has published widely in the area of feminism and human rights.Ivana is currently on a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her researh project explores how the Croatian judiciary conceptualises women’s sexual freedom, gender equality and women’s human rights in the context of rape trials. She was also a visiting scholar at the University of Kent, UK.
Ivana was awarded Frederick Bonnart Braunthal scholarship for her PhD at UCL from 2004-2007. Her thesis entitled ‘(En)gendering Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights’ analysed, from a feminist perspective, the Court’s jurisprudence on women’s rights. Ivana also holds an LLM from the University of Michigan, a MPhil in criminological research from the University of Cambridge, and an holds LLB from the University of Zagreb.Her previous experiences include working as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and internships at Interights, London, Human Rights Watch, New York and the UN International Law Commission, Geneva.
Tara Lai Quinlan
Honorary Scholar - Law & Diversity, 2001 to 2001
Dr. Quinlan is a Lecturer in Law and Diversity at The University of Sheffield’s School of Law. Her research focuses on policing, terrorism, security and criminal justice, and often involves comparative research between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2015 Dr. Quinlan completed her doctoral research examining the development of post-9/11 partnership programmes to counter violent extremism in the UK and US. Prior to taking up a role in academia, she practiced law in New York City. She earned her Doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, her Master of Laws from King’s College London, and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.
PhD School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, 2013 to 2016
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
Piotr Godzisz is a hate crime consultant with experience in research, policy and capacity building projects. He co-operates with civil society and international organizations working in the field of tolerance and non-discrimination across Europe. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Warsaw. He has published in the area of hate crime. For his PhD project at University College London, he examines the development of national hate crime policies in Poland.
Specifically, he is looking to answer the question why hate crime laws in this country cover hate speech and hate crimes based on racism and xenophobia, but leave out homophobic, transphobic or disablist violence. For this reason, he has analysed the arguments used by opponents of the expansion of hate crime laws, evaluated advocacy strategies of civil society groups as well as examined the influence of international bodies on the development of national hate crime measures.
PhD in History UCL, 2012 to 2015
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
Ivan Simić is a PhD student at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He has finished his MA studies in Modern Global History at Jacobs University Bremen and Universität Bremen. Before that, he had studied history at Belgrade University in Serbia.His PhD deals with post-war Yugoslav gender policies, under the working title “Soviet Influences on Yugoslav Gender Policies 1945-1955”. It is supervised by prof. Bojan Aleksov and prof. Susan Morrissey. The research looks how gender identities and gender roles were constructed on the level of both abstract models and living practices.
It investigates how an ideal woman and man were created, and the contrast between how these new gender roles performed in official discourses and state practices and everyday domestic reality. More specifically, this project analyses Yugoslav institutions, their ideology and practices during the initial period of socialism when many gender models were adopted from the Soviet Union: What it meant to be a socialist man or a woman; how knowledge and practices of difference were provided, legitimated and disseminated; how the institutions have incorporated gender into their assumptions and organizations; how and why sexual minorities were rendered invisible in the official media and ideology and what were the consequences of those practices.
Interdisciplinary PhD UCL, 2008 to 2011
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
Oliwia is working as a Research Fellow on the University of Edinburgh project called the Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia (CITSEE). She is part of the gender cluster, exploring notions of male citizenship in the former Yugoslavia. Her research investigates how previous conceptions of male citizenship (the right to work and the duty to serve – through conscription) informed expectations of men during the Yugoslav Wars of Succession (1991-1995), and how they continue to position men vis-à-vis the state today.
Oliwia obtained her PhD from University College London in November 2012. Her doctoral research, entitled ‘I Exist, I Belong, I Contribute: The Self and the Collective in Croatian National Discourse’, examined individual participation in nationalism and the re-making of the state in Croatia since 1990. Oliwia has taught on a range of courses, including Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe and Nations, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe, receiving in 2012 the UCL Provost’s Teaching Award. Her research interests include notions of citizenship and belonging, gender, political subjectivities and European politics (including post-socialist Europe).
PhD in Anthropology UCL, 2007 to 2010
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
PhD in Law UCL, 2004 to 2005
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
PhD in Economics UCL, 2003 to 2004
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
PhD in Planning Studies UCL, 2002 to 2003
(The Bonnart Trust UCL Endowed Fund)
Karen Levy is the Director of Global Innovation at EvidenceAction. In this role, she leads the organization’s innovation strategy andoversees “Evidence Action Beta”, the department responsible for testing andbuilding a viable path to scale for promising evidence-based interventions.
Previously, Karen served as the Regional Director of Deworm the World,providing technical and strategic support to senior government officials forthe design, implementation, and monitoring of scaled school-based dewormingprograms. Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Program, which Karen buil tfrom a randomized controlled evaluation to a national program, now reaches over6 million children annually. Karen established Innovations for Poverty Action’scountry office in Kenya and served as Country Director from 2006-2010.
In 1995, Karen co-founded the Tawasal Institute for community development on Kenya’scoast, and was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for her leadership as asocial entrepreneur. She received her PhD from the University of Londonand has lived in Kenya for over 20 years.
PhD in Economics UCL, 2001 to 2002
Francesca Fabbri is a Trustee of the Bonnart Trust. Please read her bio here.
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