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Our PGR Students

Our PGR Students

See a list of the PhD researchers from the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Social Work.

The Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Social Work are highly regarded for their research and have an active and vibrant research culture. We conduct research on a wide range of subjects spanning law, criminology, sociology, social work, social policy, and forensic psychology.

Our postgraduate research students enjoy a friendly and stimulating research environment and regular, personally-tailored supervisory sessions. Participating fully in the life of the School, our doctoral students are valued members of a close-knit group of academics.

Our main research areas can be found here.

Criminology

Personal Profile

Alex is a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London in the Department of Law and Criminology. Her doctoral research focuses on people’s experiences of having sex on drugs and related issues around sexual consent. 

Research

  • PhD Working Title: F***ing and being f***ed: towards a sexual ethics of sex on drugs
  • PhD Supervisors: Robert Jago and Dr. Leah Moyle

Alex’s research seeks to gain an understanding of the various contexts to people’s sex-on-drug experiences. She hopes to use her findings to help develop sexual violence prevention initiatives in educational and nightlife settings.

Qualifications

  • MPhil in Criminological Research (University of Cambridge)
  • BA (hons) in Sociology (University of Sussex)

Professional Experience

  • Research associate at Global Drug Survey
  • Tutor in criminology and sociology at undergraduate level at Royal Holloway
  • Teaching assistant in criminology and social policy modules at University of Manchester

Languages

  • English (fluent)

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Eke Bont is a PhD candidate in the Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has a background in psychology and is interested in the psychological effects of non-state political violence and terrorism on the actors of such violence.

Specifically, her PhD research is investigating whether Republican ex-prisoners from the Northern Ireland conflict (the ‘Troubles’) experienced moral injury or other psychological effects as a result of their involvement in this conflict. This research involves qualitative interviews with ex-prisoners, as well as professionals who have worked with this population.

Research

The project is interested in understanding how experiences during the Northern Ireland conflict have psychologically affected Republican ex-prisoners. Specifically, interviews with ex-prisoners (and professionals who have worked with this population) will investigate whether ex-prisoners have had experiences of moral injury.

Moral injury is a concept that has been predominantly studied in traditional state military personnel and veterans. It arises when an individual perpetrates or witnesses a perceived moral transgression. This may result in long-lasting psychological, emotional, and social effects. Studying the occurrence of moral injury will provide greater insight into how some Republican ex-prisoners may have been affected psychologically by their experiences during the conflict, as well as whether this influenced their involvement, and moral beliefs about involvement, in the conflict.

Qualifications

  • MA (Social Sciences), Psychology, Honours of the First Class (University of Glasgow)
  • MSc, War & Psychiatry, Distinction (King’s College London)

Professional Experience

  • Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London (course convenor for module “surveillance, intelligence and control”)
  • Sessional tutor and marker at Royal Holloway, University of London (Department of Law & Criminology)
  • Research assistant positions at the University of Glasgow and the Officers’ Association

Languages

  • Dutch (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • Russian (elementary)
  • French (elementary)

Awards

  • Studentship to fund PhD (Law Department at Royal Holloway University)
  • Grant to fund PhD research from Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (value of 20,000 euro)
  • Prize for outstanding achievement in the MSc dissertation (Msc War & Psychiatry, King’s College London)
  • Merit List for Part 1 Honours Psychology (University of Glasgow)

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Personal Profile

Erin Condirston is a third-year Criminology PhD student at Royal Holloway University of London. She completed her MA in Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2011, where her focus was on comparing discourses of risk in conceptualisations of traditional and corporate crime by Canadian criminal justice organisations.

Under the guidance of supervisors Professor Rosie Meek and Professor Nicholas Hardwick, Erin’s doctoral research focuses on the impact of further and higher education in prison on the mental health of prison learners.

Research

Studies researching the impact of prison education have uncovered prisoner-identified positive personal development outcomes such as improved self-esteem and confidence, however the mental wellbeing impact of education in prison has not been a topic of prominence with respect to prison education research.

The overall aim of the research is to explore the mental wellbeing effects of education in prison from a variety of perspectives in order to inform a more wide-ranging understanding of the relationship between wellbeing and prison education. The perspectives of prison learners, prison-learner alumni, and prison educators will be explored to inform the research. Research participants will be asked to reflect on their experiences of mental wellbeing as it relates to participating in or providing education in prison.

Qualifications

  • University of Ottawa (Canada), Hon. B.Soc.Sc. Major in Criminology, graduated Magna Cum Laude, 2003-2007
  • University of Ottawa (Canada), MA in Criminology with Thesis, 2008-2011

Professional Experience

  • Royal Holloway, Seminar Lecturer in Criminology, Spring 2021
  • Algonquin College (Ottawa, Canada), Part-time Professor for the Police and Public Safety Institute and Applied Science and Environmental Technology department, September 2013-present
  • Algonquin College (Ottawa Canada), Financial Aid Officer, 2015-2018
  • Algonquin College (Ottawa, Canada), Acting Admissions Coordinator, 2017

Languages

  • English (fluent)

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Jeanette is a 2nd year Criminology post-graduate research student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has 25 years’ experience working in and inspecting prisons, and is now seeking to supplement her practical skills with a more thorough academic understanding of imprisonment.

Jeanette’s doctoral research seeks to illuminate and understand the impacts of pepper spray on rehabilitative culture in prisons.

Research

Internationally, there is scant research into the use of pepper spray in prisons. Although it has been used in prisons in England and Wales since 2020, no data has been published. This research aims to establish how pepper spray is being used, how it impacts prisoners’ perceptions of legitimacy and how it affects rehabilitative culture.

The overall aim of this work is to understand whether any benefits of pepper spray (for example, in relation to safety and injury rates) outweigh potential negative impacts (for example, perceptions of injustice, deteriorating staff-prisoner relationships). This will be achieved using a mixed methods approach.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Public Policy Administration (University of Birmingham, 2002)
  • BSc International Management and French (1993)

Professional Experience

  • OSCE trainer at a National Preventive Mechanism summer school in Uzbekistan (2019-...)
  • Inspector with HM Inspectorate of Prisons, working in all custodial contexts (2012-2021)
  • Employed by HM Prison Service in roles ranging from prison officer to head of reducing reoffending (1993-2011)

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • French (good working knowledge)

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Personal Profile

Heidi is a 3rd year PGR student at Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in terrorism studies. Her main areas of interest are deradicalisation and disengagement of extremists. Her research focuses on impact assessment of the methods used in voluntary-based deradicalisation and disengagement programmes in Europe and Northern America. She obtained her MA from University of Tartu where she researched methods that support deradicalisation and disengagement of Islamists in Europe.

Heidi has teaching experience in general education and higher education. At Royal Holloway, her responsibilities included sociology of religion. Currently she is an associate lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London where she is teaching a module focusing on ‘Surveillance, Intelligence, and Control’. Previously she as also been a member of departmental research ethics committee at Royal Holloway.

She has work experience from public and third sector as a team member and project manager. In 2017, she worked at Estonian Ministry of the Interior as the coordinator of the asylum team during Estonian presidency of the European Union Council. At the moment, she is the head of communication at University of Tartu Asia Centre and the leader of international project “Tackling Sensitive Topics in a Classroom” funded by Erasmus+.

Research

  • PhD Working Title: However you feed a wolf she will always look toward the forest? Assessing the impact of measures meant to support de-radicalisation and disengagement
  • PhD Supervisors: Dr. John Morrison, Dr. Anthony Richards, and Elo Suld (University of Tartu)

There are numerous initiatives and programmes that support deradicalisation and disengagement of extremists. For instance, the number of active deradicalisation programmes worldwide is between 40-50. Due to rapid need for such initiatives in recent years, practitioners and states have been and still are in a position where they need to set and adapt their programmes and interventions without knowing whether their strategy and methods are working or not. Furthermore, due to lack of data, time and analyses, there is no established certainty on the ‘right’ or ‘most suitable’ methodology for such programmes that is supported by clear and transparent evidence in the research community.

Considering the growing need for insight and the procurement of answers to practitioners, policy-makers as well as researchers, advancements in the discipline are greatly needed. This study is searching for the answer to the following question – what measures (methods, activities) have the most impact to support an extremist in one’s deradicalisation and/or disengagement process(es) and why? 

The answers to the following question might not only provide an overview of methodological solutions currently used in countries and organisations included to the study, but also outline the causes why specific approaches have been chosen and why they have been put to practice. Furthermore, they help to comprehend and illustrate the circumstances connected to the local context, such as reasons of involvement, supported ideology and shared narratives. Also, the attitude and role of funders and facilitators towards the participants. 

Qualifications

  • MA in religious studies (University of Tartu)
  • BA in religious studies (University of Tartu)

Professional Experience

  • Associate lecturer, Birkbeck University of London (2021-..)
  • Member of RTV dataset international expert network, Oslo University (2020-..)
  • Project Manager, “Tackling Sensitive Topics in a Classroom”, University of Tartu (2020-..)
  • Head Research Assistant, “Disengagement and Desistance: A Systematic Review”, Royal Holloway, University of London (2020)
  • Member of Departmental Research Ethics Committee, Royal Holloway, University of London (2020)
  • Head of Communication, University of Tartu Asia Centre, (2019-..)

Languages

  • Estonian (native speaker)
  • English (fluent)
  • Russian (elementary)
  • French (elementary)
  • Greek (elementary)

Awards

  • Kristjan Jaak Scholarship, Estonian Education and Youth Board, 2020
  • Research and Development Scholarship, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, 2018, 2019
  • Agnes Kultas’ Scholarship, The Estonian National Culture Foundation, 2019

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Law

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Victoria Adkins is a PGR student at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Greenwich. Victoria’s research involves empirical research with healthcare professionals in relation to the potential development of artificial wombs. Victoria has also taught Tort Law, English Legal Systems and Professional Legal Skills. Victoria was also the PGR Representative of the Socio-Legal Studies Association from September 2020 to April 2022.

Prior to beginning her PhD, Victoria was an Investigation Officer at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for six years, and during that time completed her MA in Medical Law and Ethics at Kings College London.

Research

Partial ectogenesis is the partial gestation of a human foetus outside of the human body. With developments in artificial womb technology and the prospect of partial ectogenesis becoming closer to reality, this research aims to explore the views and attitudes of specific healthcare professionals towards this development. In doing so, it is hoped that the findings can inform and possibly provide some direction to the future regulation and legislation surrounding this technology.

Publications

  • Adkins V, ‘The impact of ectogenesis on the medicalisation of pregnancy and childbirth’ (2020) 47.4 Journal of Medical Ethics 239

Qualifications

  • MA in Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London
  • LLB Law- First Class Honours, University of Greenwich
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional Experience

Current:

  • Lecturer in Law, University of Greenwich
  • Teaching modules: Tort Law, Advocacy and Professional Ethics, Human Rights Law
  • Previous Modules: English Legal Systems, Professional Legal Skills

Previous:

  • Seminar Tutor, Royal Holloway
  • Applicant Advisor, Royal Holloway (Careers Service)
  • Research Administrator, Royal Holloway (Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law)
  • Investigations Officer/Regulation Officer- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Languages

  • English (fluent)

Awards

  • First Prize, Postgraduate Research Annual Conference 2020, Royal Holloway
    Presentation Title: Artificial wombs and seeking consensus

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Ali is a PGR student at Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in legal intellectual history. His PhD research investigates the extensive and complex history of legal personhood in English law. Ali has a background in law and is interested in legal history (particularly seventeenth century), the history of legal ideas and Wittgensteinian and analytic philosophy.

Research

  • PhD Working Title: The Legal Fiction of Personhood in English Law: A History, Conceptual Analysis and Examination of its Modern Applications
  • PhD Supervisors: Dr. Lawrence Newport and Dr. Tim Sinnamon

The aim of this research is to arrive at a clearer understanding of legal personhood. Personhood, at least broadly, is a legal fiction that treats nonhuman entities (and sometimes collectives of humans) as possessors of rights and duties. Though this fiction is practically beneficial, particularly in the corporate context, understanding the exactness of the concept remains a source of metaphysical disagreement amongst scholars.

This project traces the historical development of personhood in English law, drawing out a genealogy of the concept as well as uncovering why scholars are unable to agree on a unitary definition. Its insights are intended to assist lawyers in tackling contemporary legal challenges, especially relating to artificial intelligence and the environment.

Qualifications

  • LLB Law (First Class Honours) – Royal Holloway, University of London

Professional Experience

  • Ali has 4 years’ teaching experience in the private sector, both as an employed 11+ teaching assistant and a self-employed land law tutor
  • Ali has previously worked for legal organisations including The Lawyer Portal and Aspiring Solicitors as a content contributor. His publications primarily focussed on legal education, commercial awareness and productivity. Some of Ali’s insights have contributed to content produced for outlets such as The Guardian. 

Languages

  • English (fluent)

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Isabella Da Re is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the Department of Law and Criminology. Isabella specialises in International Law, and her research focus is on International Human Rights Law, Violence Against Women (VAW) and feminist legal theory.

Research

  • PhD Working Title: Conceptualising ‘Female Suffering’: Reconciling Gynocentric Realities of Suffering with the International Prohibition of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • PhD Supervisors: Dr. Irene Antonopoulos and Prof. Jill Marshall.

Forms of suffering experienced by women have been, historically, myopically addressed by the Prohibition of Torture. Primarily, this is given to the androcentric nature of the Prohibition, whose applicability has been centred on ‘traditional’ cases of suffering experienced by men. Whilst the alleviation of suffering is consequential to respecting the Prohibition of Torture, ita human rights efforts, suffering as a legal principle remains on the periphery of international human rights law. This thesis will argue that suffering, more specifically a gender-sensitive understanding of suffering, needs to take a more central role within the legal framework of the Prohibition of Torture. Hence, the thesis endeavours to conceptualise ‘female suffering’ as a lens to reconcile forms of suffering experienced by women with the Prohibition of Torture. Attempting to widen the Prohibition’s applicability seeks to no longer downplay the severity of suffering experienced by women (i.e.: concerning abortions).

Publications

Qualifications

  • LL.M in International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights, University of Birmingham (2021)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), BPP University (2020)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sociology, University of Bath (2019)

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Javier Eskauriatza at the University of Birmingham
  • Immigration Tribunal Friend, Pro Bono Project
  • Telephone Advisor, Citizens Advice Bath

Languages

  • English and Italian (Bilingual)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Elementary)

Awards

  • PhD: School of Law and Social Sciences Studentship in International Human Rights Futures by Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • LL.M: Birmingham Masters Scholarship by the University of Birmingham.
  • GDL: Career Commitment Scholarship by BPP University.

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Personal Profile

Kenneth Ghartey is a PGR Student in Royal Holloway, University of London researching within the broad fields of cross-border insolvency law and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, specifically international arbitration. Kenneth has worked as a legal academic and as a practising lawyer and valuation surveyor in different capacities in Ghana. His most recent role is as Lecturer in the School of Law, University of Ghana.

Research

The aim of this research is to understand how the potentially conflicting considerations in arbitrability, party autonomy and access to justice in arbitrations which occur in the context of cross-border insolvencies can be effectively reconciled to ensure that the use of arbitration in cross-border insolvencies meet the ends of justice.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP, International), Lancaster University, Bailrigg, UK
  • Master of Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Professional Diploma, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana
  • Qualifying Certificate in Law, Ghana School of Law, Called to the Bar in Ghana [2015]
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Ghana (First Class Honours), Accra, Ghana
  • Bachelor of Science (Land Economy), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Second Class Honours [Upper Division]), Kumasi, Ghana

Employment/teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, School of Law, University of Ghana
  • Lecturer, Department of Law, Lancaster University Ghana
  • Consulting Associate, CQ Legal & Consulting, Accra, Ghana

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Ga (native)
  • Akan (Fluent)

Awards

  • PhD: School of Law and Social Sciences Studentship, Royal Holloway University of London
  • LLM: Tullow Oil John Atta Mills Scholarship, London School of Economics and Political Science (Tullow Oil Plc/British Council, Ghana)

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Cynthia Mbugua is a PGR Student at Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in Family law, International Human Rights Law and Medical Law & Ethics. Cynthia has previously worked for the Judiciary of Kenya (Family Division) as well as different law firms in Kenya. She is also an advocate for gender equality and the attainment of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SHRH).

Research

  • PhD Working Title: Nothing about us without us: The contretemps between legislative reform and culture in regulating Assisted Reproductive Technology in Kenya.
  • PhD Supervisors: Dr Rita D’Alton-Harrison and Dr Philip Bremner

The overarching aim of her research is to decipher the effects of the traditional African notion of childlessness towards legal reform in the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) arena. Her current research combines an analysis of different regulatory frameworks as well as a qualitative content analysis of newspapers in Kenya to situate the proposed regulatory framework within what the public attitudes are in relation to ART. 

Qualifications

  • Riara University, Kenya- Bachelor of Laws(LLB) Degree, Second Class Honours, Upper Division.
  • Kenya School of Law- Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Practice. Admitted to the Bar in Kenya.
  • University of Kent, Master of Laws (LLM) in Medical Law and Ethics with Human Rights Law (Distinction)

Languages

  • English (native)
  • Swahili (native)
  • French (basic)

Awards

  • PhD: School of Law and Social Sciences Studentship in International Human Rights Futures by Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • LL.M: Birmingham Masters Scholarship by the University of Birmingham.
  • GDL: Career Commitment Scholarship by BPP University.

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Khadijah Naeem is a second year PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London in the department of law and criminology. Prior to her start at Royal Holloway, Khadijah spent a number of years working with people impacted by anti-terror legislation. That work inspired her to undertake an LLM in Human Rights Law where she developed her research in anti-terror legislation, socio-economic rights and the law of the use of force.

Research

Khadijah's PhD centres on the Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017 and considers whether it could constitute a State Crime. State Crime, a relatively new concept in Criminology, takes place when a human rights breach is combined with deviant behaviour. Through qualitative interviews and documentary analysis, Khadijah is investigating whether the role of the state could be considered deviant and consequently responsible for the fire in 2017. She does this through a Foucauldian lens, which she uses to understand the power dynamics between state and social housing tenants in the events that led to the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Qualifications

  • LLB Law, University of Westminster, First Class Honours
  • LLM Human Rights Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Distinction

Professional Experience

  • Seminar Tutor- English Legal Systems and Crimes of the Powerful, Royal Holloway

Past:

  • Research Assistant to Debbie De Girolamo, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Assistant Editor for Queen Mary Human Rights Review Law Journal
  • Internship at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime
  • Internship at the British Institute of Human Rights
  • Advocacy Intern at Human Rights Watch
  • Research Officer at Anti-terror legislation charity

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • Urdu (fluent)
  • Arabic (elementary)
  • Punjabi (elementary)

Awards

  • AHRC Techne Doctoral Training Award Studentship
  • Scholarship for LLM, Queen Mary, University of London

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Personal Profile

Anna is a Ph.D. Candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, specialising in the conceptualisation of pregnancy in law and the autonomy of pregnant persons. She is interested in feminist legal theory, ‘personhood’ and reproduction. During her time at RHUL, Anna has provided support for, and organised events on behalf of: the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law, the Rights and Freedoms Research Cluster, and the Families and Children Research Cluster. She has also taught on modules across the School, including in Law, Criminology and Sociology. Anna also has assisted the Ethics Review Committee with recommendations for post-graduate level research projects. Anna is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Following graduation from the University of Birmingham, Anna enjoyed a ski season in Tignes, France. She then completed her LL.M. at University College London, moving on to work as a Legal Assistant in the Court of Protection Department at Freeths L.L.P., before starting her doctoral research at RHUL.

Research

The aim of the research is to examine how pregnant women and persons are conceptualised within the law of England and Wales. The research therefore takes a holistic approach, reviewing pregnant women and persons in case law at a variety of junctures within the pregnancy continuum - from conception to birth. The research seeks to understand the obstacles to autonomy and respect for legal personhood which pregnant women and persons experience within law.

Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)
  • LLM with Distinction, University College London (2016) 
  • LLB (Hons) 2.1, University of Birmingham (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Seminar Tutor (2020-21) - English Legal Systems, Public Law, Professional Legal Skills, Crime and the Law
  • Seminar tutor (2019-20) - The English Legal System, Criminal Law, Social Problems and Social Policy, Criminal Justice System, Professional Legal Skills, Crime and the Law
  • 2018 - 2020 - Research Assistant to Professor Jill Marshall
  • 2017 - 2018 - Legal Assistant at Freeths L.L.P., Court of Protection Dept

Languages

  • English (fluent)

Awards

  • College Studentship from the School of Law, RHUL (2018-2021)
  • The Birmingham Grant and Scholarship, University of Birmingham (2011-2014)

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Social Work

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Yesha is a PhD Student at Royal Holloway, University of London studying in Social Work. Her research is focusing on the narratives, experiences, constructions and identities of fathers whose children have been removed. Generally, her interest in research has been in the subjects of looked after children, education and families. Her previous research has considered: children in care, children’s outcomes, family support work and managing leavings in children’s homes. She has published 2 papers in Residential Treatment for Children & Youth and Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care – Celcis. She is currently a Research Manager working on her own research projects while overseeing others’ and also teaches research methods at Masters Level.

Research

The voice of fathers who have had children removed or are involved in social services or the child welfare system is unexplored, ignored or missing. It vital to gain this in order to gain a full story of the situation for the child in care as well as considering the implications of this lack of engagement on gender inequality and the child's development. The aim is to explore the narratives of fathers of children in care and gain their subjective experience and perspective of: their story leading to contact with social services, experience of social services, barriers and attitudes faced, relationship with child and future aspirations/ goals in relation to their child and their situation.

Qualifications

  • MSc: Social Research Methods
  • BA HONS: Sociology and Criminology

Professional Experience

  • 2013-2015: Senior Tutor: English Literature (GCSE/ A Levels)
  • 2014-2022: Research Manager at the Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy
  • 2020-2022: Research Methods lecturer at the Institute of Integrated Systemic Therapy
  • Aug 2022 - ongoing: Senior Research at NatCen

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • Gujarati (fluent)

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Karl is PhD student in the Department of Social Work who is undertaking research in relation to the experiences of homeless adults who have care needs - how they experience these needs and how they experience interactions with professionals who seek to assess or meet these needs. 

Karl has 15 years experience as a social worker and a social work manager, including a period of work in an integrated hospital homelessness team. He has published in relation to homelessness and adult social care policy.

Research

  • PhD working title: How does homelessness impact on the experience of having care needs: what do adults with experience of homelessness and care needs say about these experiences?
  • Supervisors: Prof. Tony Evans and Prof. Frank Keating

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Qualifications

  • 2019 - Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2019 - PG Certificate - Academic Practice in Teaching Learning (CAPITAL) Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2013 - MSc Advanced Practice (Leadership and Management) Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2010 - PG Certificate - Best Interests Assessor Qualification, University of Bournemouth
  • 2002 - National Qualification in Social Work (Ireland)
  • 2002 - Bachelor in Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Professional Experience

  • Karl has 15 years experience as a social worker in the Irish Health Service Executive, UK local authorities and the NHS
  • Karl has been employed as a Lecturer in Social Work since 2015 at Royal Holloway, University of London and teaches on the BSc Social Science, MSc Social Work, PG Dip Social Work and MSc Advanced Practice.  He is the Programme Lead for the BSc Social Science

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Natalia is a PGR student at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Research

  • PhD Working Title: The impact of migration on migrants’ mental health and emotional wellbeing: A Case study of 25 Filipino migrants in the UK
  • PhD Supervisors: Prof. Tony Evans and Prof. Frank Keating

The study is aimed at exploring the migration experience of Filipino migrants and how migration impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Using a cultural lens, the study explored how they conceptualise mental health, what sociological factors they associate with their mental health experience, and how they cope with the impact of migration. To gather data, the study used three techniques: in-depth interviews, participant observation, and fieldnotes/research diary.

The study achieved an appreciation of the role of the family at all stages of the migration process and understanding of how migrants view mental health. The study also contributed insights on migration and that Filipino migration can be explained using aspects from different migration theories.

Qualifications

  • Registered Social Worker (Philippines) – 1987 to present
  • Master of Social Work – University of the Philippines, with partial scholarship grant – 1989-98
  • PgDip in Health and Care Management – Westminster University of London – 2006-2009
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy of the UK (2018)

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer in Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University of London – Term 2, SY 2019/20
  • PhD Tutor at The Brilliant Club – 2015 to present
  • Associate Examiner at AQA - 2016 to present
  • Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Lambeth - Nov 2017 to present
  • Consultant at UNICEF Philippines - May to July 2021 

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • Filipino (fluent)

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Psychology

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Lisa is a PGR Student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Lisa’s PhD is focusing on sports and exercise in prisons, specifically, the implementation and impact of parkrun with prisoners. She enrolled on the part-time PhD in December 2020.

Lisa is undertaking her studies alongside working as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in Her Majesty’s Prison Service. She is currently lead psychologist on a Progression Regime, working primarily with IPP sentenced men. 

Research

Qualifications

  • British Psychological Society - Diploma in Forensic Psychology
  • University of York, MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology
  • Brunel University, BSc in Psychology

Professional Experience

  • 2001 to present – psychologist in Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Undertaking research, intervention and assessment, consultancy and training. Also acts as clinical supervisor for trainee forensic psychologists in their journey towards qualification

Languages

  • English (fluent)

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Sociology

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Lucy is a PGR student at Royal Holloway University of London based in Amsterdam, specialising in medical sociology and contested conditions. Lucy has focused her research on contested conditions starting at the University of Warwick and continued her research during her master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam.

Research

This interdisciplinary research project combining medical sociology and socio legal studies aims to address how contested conditions experienced and understood. This research project focusses on patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Fibromyalgia and Morgellons Disease and how illness is experienced when suffering is contested. This project focusses on concepts of uncertainty and how patients navigate illness when the condition itself is inherently uncertain, in addition to having competing frames of the condition (psychological vs biological). This project also addresses how these patients use online electronic support groups (ESGs) how they function in providing support networks, developing a sense of community, and foster online activism. This project will employ multiple forms of online based research, online interviews with both clinicians and patients, in addition to online ethnography of ESGs.

Qualifications

  • BA Sociology, University of Warwick
  • MSc Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Languages

  • English (native speaker)

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Jeremy Woloszyn is a PGR Student at Royal Holloway, University of London specialising in the Sociology of Religion. His main areas of interest are religious history, ancient languages, and contemporary religious changes. His research focuses on contemporary Catholicism in Europe, with a particular focus on the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales. Jeremy has teaching experience in general, further, and higher education. 

Research

A hundred years after Znaniecki and Thomas’ study The Polish Peasant in Europe and America which marked migration studies, the aim of the research is to study Polish immigrants settled down in England and Wales through religion, especially as practised in the Polish Catholic Mission in England and Wales. With hundred Polish places of worship, this institution plays a central role in the Polish diaspora network as Catholicism is often perceived as a fundamental element of Polish national identity.

Qualifications

  • University Degree in Latin & Biblical Hebrew
  • MA in Religions and Social Sciences
  • BA in English Language, Literature and Civilisation
  • BA in Polish Language, Literature and Civilisation

Employment/Teaching Experience

  • Temporary Lecturer, University of Paris Cité, France. (2021-2022)
  • Examiner, University of Amiens, France. (2021)
  • Language school Director & Trainer (2016-…)
  • Secondary school Teacher (2013-…)

Languages

  • French (Native)
  • English (Full Professional)
  • Polish (Full Professional)
  • German (Limited Working)

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Royal Holloway is a research intensive university and our academics collaborate across disciplines to achieve excellence.

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Royal Holloway began as two pioneering colleges for the education of women in the 19th century, and their spirit lives on today

We’ve played a role in thousands of careers, some of them particularly remarkable

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