Completed Students

Sarah Burton

Having completed a BA (2007) and M.Litt (2009) in English Literature at Newcastle University I spent several years dabbling in various artistic projects before returning to academia. I completed my PGCE at the University of Cambridge in 2012 during which I undertook research into the notion of authority and writing in the English Literature canon. I then moved to the University of Glasgow for my MRes in Sociology and Research Methods.
My doctoral research investigates the value system(s) underpinning the production of knowledge in contemporary social theory/sociology. It examines ideas of power, authority and validity via a negotiation of the concepts of science and mess. In addition to this I am also co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Postgraduate Forum and Activism in Sociology Forum.
Email: sop01sb@gold.ac.uk

Vicki Dabrowski

Vicki completed her BA at the University of Nottingham in Sociology and her MA in Gender and Culture at Goldsmiths. Subsequent to completing her MA in 2010, Vicki has been employed by a number of charities in the women's sector.
Integrating an analysis of women's negotiations with feminism within a framework of socio-cultural change, Vicki's PhD project centers on understanding the disjuncture between the current affirmation of, and the resistance to, feminism in a UK context. Concerned primarily with the way different axes or power and differentiation impact these negotiations, the research asks how social class and geographical location play a role in women's engagements/disengagements with feminism, and how this is shaped by the current context of austerity. Key themes of the research include: dis-identification; choice and individualisation; activism and resurgence; broader social and political configurations; axes of power and differentiation.
Email: sop01vd@gold.ac.uk

Emma Duester

I have completed a BA in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University and an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media at Goldsmiths. I am now doing a PhD within the Media and Communications Department of Goldsmiths.
My research focuses on the migration of the art community in Eastern Europe and the new social and political geographies that are forming as a result. As well as looking at the physical migrations I will also explore 'meta' migrations in terms of communications and collaborations being made across cultures and borders. I am interested in the transnational space that these migrations create and the effects this ultimately has on culture and 'the nation'.
Email: co001ed@gold.ac.uk

Cy Elliot-Smith

Crossing Visa-Land (Working Title) The procuration of Visas is one of the biggest growth areas in international travel. Visa applications can be one of the most defining bureaucratic encounters with nation states that a person can have. The process of applying for visas can reveal a lot about the cultural temperament, cultural schisms, level of technical approach to bureaucracy and tolerances of ‘others’ within a nation. Over the last 30 years this situation has given rise to a number of private visa agencies of varying sizes that act as a broker between clients and consular sections who will manage visa applications for a fee. By utilising esoteric systems of knowledge and a variety of informal networks from embassy to embassy these agents negotiate through border zone bureaucracies. In recent years the growth in outsourcing consular services to application centres given rise to new and interesting tensions. My fieldwork has focused specifically on these sites in London, dealing with the consulates, visa agents from across the industry and clients of these agents in order to understand the changing processes in how ‘paper’ borders are administered and encountered. In this regard, my aim is to explore the shifting systems of monetising visa documentation, the increasing need for identity case-making in the visa application procedures and markets of informal associations that occur in such a place.
My areas of interest in this regard are states, bureaucracy, law, migration, labour, surveillance, informality and technology. I also enjoy reading about witchcraft and Big Data as well.
Email: C.Elliott-Smith@gold.ac.uk

Sofia Gradin

Sofia Gradin has a BA in International Relations from the University of the West of England and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol.
Her PhD research focuses on British organisations that import products from the developing world as a form of 'D.I.Y.' political activism against global poverty and inequality. The aim is to explore how and to what extent the developed world's importing practices could prevent poverty at the root by shifting value-added tasks to the South and promoting value chain upgrade, organising democratically, and replacing private profit with collective long-term gain.
Email: s.p.gradin@qmul.ac.uk

Mark Hanna

Mark’s research highlights the proliferation of organizations around problems of juridification in global society, examines such structures as functional equivalents to law, and investigates what the emergence of such structures at the global level will mean for the evolution of law. The study is conceptualised as interdisciplinary research drawing upon a range of disciplines including, social systems theory, functional method, public international law, new institutionalism, organization studies, and global administrative law. Through the study Mark aims to inform research on the functional relation between global society and the explosion of organizations in the last fifty years, and to inform prevailing conceptualizations of the standing of NGOs in judicial proceedings at the global level. Mark obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Essex with a specialization in Public International Law. Before returning to academia, Mark qualified as an attorney in New York, and worked for several years for international law firms in London. It was through experience representing humanitarian international organizations in multi-jurisdictional litigation that Mark became interested in academic research.
Email: m.hanna@qmul.ac.uk

Liam Harney

MRes Geography, Queen Mary, University of London (2014) BA Geography, University of Southampton (2013).
Research Interests: Pragmatism, Publics, Public Geographies, Community Organising, Participatory Action Research, Community, London’s Housing Crisis.
My doctoral research will experiment with a new approach to participatory action research by developing a model of engagement based on the principles and theories of American Pragmatism, and the political theory of John Dewey. Supported by an Antipode Scholar-Activist award, the project will utilise the methods of community organising, as developed by Saul Alinsky, to facilitate the formation of a place-based public which is able to identify and take action to solve the shared issues of a geographical community. Tracing this approach to that taken by Bill Bunge and the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute, I will work with residents living in the E14 post-code of Tower Hamlets, one of the most economically deprived boroughs in the UK, I intend to conduct a piece of participatory action research that both builds a sense of place-based community to unite diverse groups around a common political cause, and allows for ordinary people to use the resources of the university to address the issues that matter to them.
Email: l.e.harney@qmul.ac.uk

Amy Horton

Amy has a master's in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's College London, and a BA in History and English from the University of Oxford.
Her PhD investigates the financialisation of the social care sector, and organising by labour and other movements, in the US and UK.
She has also carried out policy research and campaigning focused on the financial sector, extractive industries and international financial institutions.
Email: amy.horton@qmul.ac.uk
Website: www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/staff/hortona.html

Miranda Iossifidis

Miranda completed a BA at LCC, University of the Arts in Interactive Design and Moving Image, and her MSc at LSE in Contemporary Urbanism. She has worked as a practitioner, an exhibition/graphic designer, and researcher for urban and architecture practices, and as a music journalist.
Miranda Iossifidis' research focuses on the relationship between political violence and action, specifically looking at how past uprisings in Athens and London are articulated in the present. She is particularly interested in the production, reception and reproduction of political myths in contemporary urban settings.
Email: sop02mi@gold.ac.uk

Agnieszka Janik

Agnieszka Janik graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London where she also completed her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2011. She undertook her MSc project at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she investigated wider perceptual traits associated with synaesthesia and the role of cortical oscillations in gestalt processing.
She was subsequently offered a Research Assistant position in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmith, where she continued working on synaesthesia. The main focus of her doctoral thesis is on the neurocognitive basis of synaesthesia and its implications for social cognition and cross-modal interactions in perception. In her research she implements electrophysiological techniques, non-invasive brain stimulation, and psychophysics to explore these relations.
Email: psp02aj@gold.ac.uk

Claude Jousselin

Claude Jousselin obtained an MA in Anthropology of Health at Goldsmiths in 2010. He works and lives in London.
Research title: Remembering turbulent times: accounting for Adult ADHD through the reconstruction of childhood. In collaboration with a national patient organisation, Claude's research will explore the role and influence of clinicians, scientists and patients in constructing legitimate medical evidence of an emerging disorder in the UK. This will involve contrasting narratives of past symptoms constructed through the diagnostic process with life stories and exploring how the development of alternative forms of diagnostic tools through imaging, may obviate the need for life reconstruction.
Email: an802cj@gold.ac.uk

Margherita Malanchini

Margherita graduated in Psychology from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2010. After her BSc she worked in the Curriculum Support Unit of a Secondary School in East London supporting young teenagers with learning difficulties. In September 2012 she graduated from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a MSc in Developmental Sciences.
Margherita's PhD will use genetically-sensitive methodology to investigate the aetiology of mathematics anxiety and motivation; exploring their longitudinal association with mathematical achievement and the selection of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) career choices. The project will also investigate the neural correlates of mathematics anxiety using EEG methodology cross-culturally.
Email: ps701mm@gold.ac.uk

Rose McGranahan

Rose graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sussex. After working for two years she returned to education and completed an MRes in 2012, again at the University of Sussex.
Rose's background is in Social Psychology, and she is particularly interested in the self, relationships, and motivation. Her PhD draws on the Michelangelo model, which is based on the idea that affirming partners can help people move towards their ideal self. Using advanced quantitative methods, Rose explores how affirmation processes influence goal pursuit, and the role that individual personality factors play in this relationship.
Email: psp01sm@gold.ac.uk

Samuel Miles

Samuel has a BA and MA in English from the University of Exeter, where his MA dissertation explored the personal archive collection of British children's and young-adult fiction writer David Rees. After working in higher education, PR and charities in Exeter, London, and Madrid, Samuel has returned to research work through an ESRC-funded PhD in Digital Technologies & The City administered by Queen Mary and Goldsmiths DTC.
Samuel uses queer theoretical approaches to analyse the impact of locative media mobile dating apps on both queer and heterosexual community-forging and sexual behaviours in urban spaces. Bringing together work from human and cultural geography, technology, and critical theory, his interdisciplinary project aims to contribute findings that can help us better understand the extent to which GPS and locative media can produce new urban cartographies.
Email: s.miles@qmul.ac.uk
Website: www.sexualityandthecityblog.wordpress.com.

David Moats

David Moats completed his BA at UCL in History of Art and his MSc at LSE in Sociology. He has worked as a researcher for an architecture firm and as a film and music journalist and editor.
David's research focuses on how public opinion is formed on the internet - specifically how key 'facts' may be disseminated, shaped, manipulated or suppressed by various interests on platforms like Wikipedia. He will be employing large scale quantitative techniques in conjunction with small scale, Actor-Network Theory style ethnography and hopes to develop new web-based software tools and techniques to facilitate future research.
David is also the co-editor of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) blog along with Noortje Marres and Joe Deville
d.moats@gold.ac.uk @davidjmoats
Email: sop02dm@gold.ac.uk
Website: www.csisponline.net

Carey Newson

My background is in journalism, campaigns and policy development, including five years at the BBC and seven years with a national environmental organisation. My initial degree was in Psychology (University of Bristol) and I completed an MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey.
My PhD research focuses on the meaning and significance of the teenage bedroom and its material culture. It explores the construction of the teenage journey as reflected in family negotiations around these spaces and asks how the teenage bedroom relates to the wider family home and how it has changed across a generation. The research is a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and the Geffrye Museum of the Home and will result in an exhibition and the creation of an archival collection at the museum. My research interests include the experience of place through the life course; place identity and place attachment; children's rights; and children's independent mobility.
I am an adviser to the Playing Out project, which promotes safe neighbourhood street play, and a former director of the Women's Environmental Network.
Email: c.s.newson@qmul.ac.uk

Agata Pacho

Agata completed her BA at Goldsmiths University of London in Media and Sociology and her MA in Gender and Culture also at Goldsmiths. Throughout her studies, she has been pursuing her interest in feminist theory and queer studies.
Agata's doctoral project explores multiple ways in which HIV care is practiced in a North London clinic. She is looking at how doctor-patient relations are being shaped by the main trends of epidemic as well as by available drugs and other technologies. She focuses on the processes of HIV normalisation which refers to treating HIV infection like any other infectious disease within the requirements of informed consent and respect for confidentiality. Agata is investigating effects those processes have on the experiences of living with HIV and the changing role of the clinic. Her research methodology is rooted within the field of Science and Technology Studies and its intersections with medical sociology. The project was awarded with Phil Strong Memorial Prize by The British Sociological Association in 2011.
pacho.agata@gmail.com
Email: co601ap@gold.ac.uk
Website: hivproject.co.uk/wp/

Mark Rainey

Mark Rainey's research aims to construct a notion of urban justice that provides methodological and thematic significance for the use of post-Euclidean modelling within urban planning. In particular, it seeks to do so with reference to the London Plan and the work of spatial planners developing models at different scales. He also intends to draw on the work of Alain Badiou and Walter Benjamin, as well as recent utopic formulations, to provide a theoretical notion of urban justice that is responsive to the post-Euclidean modelling of cities.
Email: cup01mr@gold.ac.uk

Maja Rodic Bjedov

Maja Rodic was awarded a BSc Psychology degree from Birkbeck College, University of London 2009 and a MSc Research Methods in Psychology from Goldsmiths 2011.
The principal goal of her PhD research will be to increase the knowledge of the links between early (untaught) numerical development and later (taught) mathematical skills, and to identify factors that contribute to individual and cross-cultural differences in numerical ability, mathematical ability, motivation, and achievement. She has also been involved in studies which compared children across two genetic disorders, Down and Williams syndrome on numerical ability and face processing at the CBCD, Birkbeck College.
Email: ps001mrb@gold.ac.uk

James Scott

After studying Human Geography at the University of Liverpool and Development Studies at the University of Manchester, James Scott spent two years as a management trainee with Greenwich Council, focusing on housing regeneration, internal corporate affairs and local political engagement.
His PhD will examine emerging forms of communitarianism within the Labour Party, and in doing so attempt to locate these developments within the history of the British labour movement and trade unionism, highlight their significance for wider debates about the nature of good governance, and document the impact that new community organising techniques are having on the ground.
Email: j.h.scott@qmul.ac.uk

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith was awarded a BSc Psychology degree from the University of Nottingham in 2007 and a MSc Psychological Research Methods from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011.
The main aim of her PhD is to develop and evaluate a classroom-based intervention for children with conduct problems. This will include behavioural, neuropsychological, and EEG profiling of these children over a 3 year period, with a focus on their executive functioning and emotion regulation. Hannah is the first-author of two publications based on her previous research work profiling children involved in bullying behaviour and examining the relationship between parental mental health and children's social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Hannah's work has also involved developing and implementing behavioural interventions for children and adolescents with Autism.
Publications Smith, H., Polenik, K., Nakasita, S., & Jones, A. P. (2012). Profiling social, emotional and behavioural difficulties of children involved in direct and indirect bullying behaviours. Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties, 17(3-4), 243-257. Smith, H., Eryigit-Madzwamuse, S., & Barnes, J. (in press). Paternal postnatal and subsequent mental health symptoms and child socio-emotional and behavioural problems at school entry. Infant & Child Development.
Email: psp02hs@gold.ac.uk

Suzy Solley

After being awarded an MA Hons in Geography and Management and an MRes in Human Geography the University of Glasgow, Suzy Solley embarked on her PhD in 2012.
Her academic research has been predominantly based on the plight of Nepalese widows. Suzy's undergraduate and master's research explored the diverse ways in which Nepalese widows were excluded and identified that they conceptualise poverty multi-dimensionally. This research led to her current PhD research which focuses on exclusion and well-being amongst Nepal's widows. Her PhD research proposes not only to document experiences of poverty and exclusion, but, it will investigate the strategies used to negate exclusion and pursue wellbeing. This will reveal how and why some widows are poor and excluded and others are not. Fundamentally, this will help to identify the resources needed to support their capacity to resist and to better their situation. This is especially significant since Suzy's motivations are not to only fill a significant academic void, but her research was initiated by a desire to try to improve the lives of Nepal's widows.
Email: s.solley@qmul.ac.uk

Ville Takala

Ville Takala completed his BA at the University of Helsinki in Sociology and his MSc at the University of York in Sociology and Computing before joining Goldsmiths in September 2012.
His PhD research looks at the construction and use of geodemographic neighbourhood segmentation software in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The research design involves a range of qualitative investigative techniques combined with an engagement with the quantitative techniques that underpin the construction of geodemographic classifications. Although primarily sociological in orientation the project also draws upon and engages with social geography, science and technology studies, and broader methodical issues across the social sciences.
Email: v.takala@gold.ac.uk

Jennifer Thomson

Prior to commencing my Doctoral studies at Queen Mary, I studied for a BA in English Literature at Girton College, University of Cambridge and an MA in Political Science at the New School for Social Research, New York. I am the recipient of a +4 ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Studentship. I have also worked as a teacher of English as a second language in South Korea, Quebec, Canada, and the UK.
My doctoral research will aim to understand the reasons behind the continued differing abortion legislation in the province of Northern Ireland and the three other territories which constitute the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales.) The confusing and confused status of abortion legislation in Northern Ireland remains under-researched and largely ignored by academics and politicians alike, yet it provides us with a key opportunity to further understand the gendered nature of basic tenets of British democracy and citizenship.
Email: j.c.thomson@qmul.ac.uk

Alan Wager

Alan Wager holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham, and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex.
He is now a doctoral candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, and his research can be placed within the field of British and European politics. Alan is looking at the long term relationship between the Labour party and the various guises of the Liberal party: from the Gladstone-Macdonald pact of 1903, to efforts towards co-operation between Labour and the Liberal Democrats pre and post the 2010 general election. Case studies of 'flashpoints' of inter-party co-operation will be analysed to contribute to the academic understanding of historic 'Lib-Lab' relations; while drawing upon existing literature on coalition in political science, particularly theories based upon qualitative, in-depth ways of solving puzzles of coalition formation.
Email: a.j.wager@qmul.ac.uk

William Wheeler

I completed my BA at Oxford and my MA at The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL.
My research concerns the fisheries, past and present, on the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan. This was the scene of a major ecological disaster in the Soviet period, as the sea dried up due to irrigation elsewhere in the Aral basin. Today however the Small Aral Sea has been saved and the fishing industry partially restored, because of a World Bank project. In my research I've been looking at the revival of the fisheries, in particular at how different actors' relationships with the environment shift both in relation to ecological changes, and in relation to changes in the political economy.
I speak Russian and Kazakh.
Email: anp01ww@gold.ac.uk

Hui Zhao

I graduated with a BA in English in 2010 and then went on to get an MA in Linguistics from Queen Mary in 2012.
My principle research interest lies in the sociolinguistics of Mandarin Chinese, especially phonetic/phonological variation in the standard language. I have also conducted research in bilingualism and media linguistics. Using advanced quantitative methods, my PhD research focuses on young Chinese speakers' use of the local language in Beijing. I am investigating both the linguistic and social implications of this phenomenon in order to reveal youngsters' new social identity in a developing communist country.
Email: hui.zhao@qmul.ac.uk
Website: linguistics.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/people/hui-zhao