Current Students (Starting 2016)

Miranda Armstrong

Miranda holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics.
Her research interests lay in the area of family and life course sociology, in particular lived experiences at intersections of class, gender and ethnicity. Miranda’s thesis, undertaken at Goldsmiths College, focuses on experiences of mothering and emergent masculinity in the context of inner city single parent families in London. It will investigate claims that the single parent family structure is implicated in certain social problems.

Theodor Barry Born

Educational background: MSc in Middle East Politics (School of Oriental and African Studies); BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University of Oxford).
My research will focus on the evolution and politics of informal and alternative housing practices in East London around which urban marginality and precarity are being reconfigured, such as property guardianship and 'beds in sheds'. Qualitative interviews will be complemented by observational research on the diverse material and spatial dimensions of housing precarity, as well as the social dynamics of practitioners – elements that lie in part outside language.
I am also engaged and interested in horizontalist and municipalist social movements and non-traditional political parties in the UK and across Europe. This interest in existing and emerging forms of collective and community organising extends to my focus on housing, particularly around ideas of a tenants' union in London.

Natalie Brinham

MA Education, Gender and International Development (Institute of Education, UCL, BA Thai and Development (SOAS).
Natalie is now based the law school at QMUL. Her research explores statelessness with a focus on the agency and narratives of victims of state crime.
Natalie has worked for many years in NGOs in the UK and Southeast Asia on issues of forced migration, trafficking, and statelessness in both frontline service provision roles and research/advocacy roles.

Thomas Chivers

I graduated with a BA in Media and Communications & Business and Management from Bath Spa University in 2013, and completed an MA in Political Communications at Goldsmiths UoL in 2014.
My primary research interests are media policy, political communication in the UK and media's role in democracy. These topics are brought together in my PhD research, which will investigate the policymaking processes of the BBC Charter Review taking place now and the 2013 Royal Charter on press self-regulation following the phone hacking inquiry.
Outside of academia I am a member and activist in the Labour Party and was elected as a Labour councillor in Suffolk at the 2015 election. I am also involved in campaigning for media ownership reform, and previously worked in digital communications and branding for one of the UK's leading medical research charities.

Adrien De Sutter

I received an undergraduate masters (MSci) in Astrophysics from UCL in 2008, completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos (MASt) at the University of Cambridge in 2010 and was awarded a masters (MSc) in Science, Technology and Society at UCL in 2016. I am now working towards a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths.
My project is an investigation into interdisciplinary scientific research and to the factors driving collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. With a particular focus on the hard sciences (e.g. physics, astrophysics), I will consider the individual disciplinary practices, values and identities involved in, and resultant from, interdisciplinary encounters. Through this exploration, I will ask whether an attention to such features of research can add to our understanding of discipline formation and specialisation in academia, as well as, provide further insight into the quality and value of proposed interdisciplinary research.  Though my project will seek to combine a historical approach with sociological methods, my overarching interests are predominantly epistemological. That is, I will seek to explore the nature of knowledge produced by interdisciplinary research, in particular where this involves contribution from outside the sciences.
Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked for a number of years in the area of academic research management. Amongst other responsibilities, I assisted global research institutions in the implementation of technological initiatives aimed at facilitating researcher networking and collaboration.

Richard Douglas

BA History (Oxford University), MPhil Political Thought and Intellectual History (Cambridge University)
My PhD is being undertaken as part of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. My research is concerned with investigating the contradictions to modern visions of an indefinite future of material progress posed by the idea of environmental sustainability; the implications this has for understandings of human (im)mortality; and the resulting impacts on sustainability’s normative influence.
Formerly senior analyst at the National Audit Office, and committee specialist at the Environmental Audit Committee.

Natasa Ganea

Natasa completed both her BSc in Psychology (2012) and her MSc in Psychological Research Methods (2016) at Birkbeck, University of London. While studying for her MSc, Natasa worked as research assistant at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck where she conducted research into the development of face and eye gaze processing in infants. Continuing her research in Developmental Psychology, Natasa has recently joined the InfantLab at Goldsmiths, University of London where she will conduct her PhD on the multisensory underpinnings of object affordances. How do infants figure out the function of object handles, how to grasp them, and how to operate them, will be questions that Natasa's PhD will try to answer.

Malte Gembus

MA Applied Anthropologyand Community & Youth Work - Goldsmiths - University of London BA History & Culture of the Middle East - Islamic Studies - Free University of Berlin
Research Interests: Ýouth, Identitiy, Performativity, Experimental Ethnography, Participatory Action Research
I am a Youth Worker and have worked on creative projects with young people from ´displaced´ communities mostly in Guatemala, London and Berlin. My research is concerned with young people in the South of Mexico (Chiapas) who self-identify as ´Guatemalan´ and live in diasporic communities. The aim is to explore performative registers of self and belonging through drama and performance together with the young people and to compile their narratives into an experimental ethnography.

Victoria Hotchin

I hold an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a BSc in Psychology, both from Birkbeck College. In addition, I have experience working as a research assistant at both Goldsmiths and UCL. I am now a PhD student in the Psychology department at Goldsmiths.
I am interested in developing methods to reduce prejudice and promote health and wellbeing, through the study of how individual differences in perception, cognition and motivation relate to social attitudes and life outcomes.
I previously had a career in commercial web design, during which I developed many useful computer skills relevant to research design.

Pedro Kirk

2014 - 2015 MSc Music Mind and Brain (Distinction) Goldsmiths University of London Thesis Supervisor: Prof Lauren Stewart Motivating Stroke Rehabilitation Through Music: A Feasibility Study Using Digital Musical Instruments In The Home 2011 - 2014 BSc (Hons) in Music Computing, First Class Goldsmiths University of London Thesis Supervisor: Dr Matthew Yee King Can Specialised Digital Musical Instruments Aid Stroke Rehabilitation?
I have been researching musical aids for stroke rehabilitation and recently completed the MSc in Music Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths University of London. I have worked within a highly interdisciplinary group between the Psychology and Computing Departments at Goldsmiths developing and evaluating digital musical instruments (DMIs) for stroke rehabilitation. The project received international recognition by being awarded first prize in the student research competition at the CHI 2015 human computer interaction conference in Seoul, Korea.

Ynda Jas Law

Educational background: BA (Hons) Film and Television Production (York St John University); MA Sociolinguistics (York); PGCert Diversity Management (Bradford)
I'm looking at how queer and genderqueer identities are indexed/projected in speech (primarily) through the voice, and how this interacts with factors such as context (to whom are speakers speaking and where), topic (e.g. gender and sexuality or not), politics and ideology and age (intergenerational variation and what it means for language change with regard to gender and sexuality). Broad research interests include: language and identity, particularly gender and sexuality (including trans(gender) language); language variation and change; sociophonetics; language style and indexicality; language and intersectionality; perception and stereotypes; language ideologies; language policy; talk in interaction and pragmatics.
Other activities: I'm involved in a couple of charities. York LGBT History Month (remotely), which I founded back in 2014, and Trans Media Watch, a national charity dedicated to improving media coverage of trans and intersex issues, particularly with regard to accuracy, dignity and respect. I'm also involved in the new Everyday Cissexism campaign (@CissexismDaily) which, inspired by Everyday Sexism, documents acts that reinforce gender binaries and essentialism. Pronouns: they/them/their

Madeleine Lindh

I hold a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, and an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London, where my MA dissertation was supervised by Dr Claudia Aradau. In addition, I have completed several BA- and MA-level modules in Political Science, including a BA dissertation supervised by Dr Tom Lundborg, at Stockholm University and Uppsala University in Sweden. I also have several years’ professional experience in journalism, strategic communications and language localization.
My research focuses on the question of so-called ‘returning foreign fighters’ in Europe, seeking to develop a critical theoretical lens through which to view the phenomenon. Looking beyond the common preoccupation with individuals’ motivations for leaving or returning, the project focuses instead on the issue of return itself, as well as responses to it across Europe. In this way, my research seeks to critically interrogate current mainstream framings of those who leave Europe to take part in armed struggle in, for example, Syria and Iraq, but then decide to return to Europe. I am currently exploring the theme of a ‘politics of return’ through a continental philosophical lens drawing on, among others, the political theories of Jacques Rancière. My PhD is supervised by Professor Kimberly Hutchings and Professor Jef Huysmans in the School of Politics and International Relations at QMUL.

Elisa Passoni

Laurea Triennale (Italian BA equivalent) in Liaison Interpreting and Translation (curriculum: Italian native speaker), University of Trieste (IT), 108/110 Laurea Specialistica (Italian MA equivalent) in Translation, University of Trieste (IT) 110/110 MRes in Speech Language and Cognition, UCL, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences, London (UK), Distinction
My research will look at how femininity is indexed in bilingual speech of Japanese/English consecutive bilinguals through the usage of pitch. I will investigate the conventionalised linguistic expectations associated with being a woman and how individuals may vary their performance to align or disalign with those expectations in different contexts and with different interlocutors in different languages. As customary in this type of research, I will also look at how factors such as Proficiency, Social Class, LoR, Language Use, Education etc., may interact with the usage of pitch. I will also look at the effect of L1 Attrition. Broader research interests: Phonetics, Sociophonetics, Speech sciences, L1 attrition, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Indexicality, Language and Identity, Language Change, Second Language Teaching
After completing my MA and before my MRes, I have been living in several countries where I taught languages (English,French, Italian) in different types of schools and to students of different ages. I hold a CELTA and a DITALS level 1.

Antje Scharenberg

MA Brands, Communication and Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London BA Media Management, HSBA, Hamburg
My PhD research seeks to explore the complex relationship between European identity, media technologies and activism by investigating pro-European activism at a time of crisis. Using participant observation and qualitative interviewing it investigates what role pro-European citizen activism will be able play in re-imagining a progressive vision for the continent’s future, and whether Europe can indeed be transformed from bottom up. Considering the current political and cultural context, the project will pay particular attention to how activists' political subjectivities and practices are constructed in times of Western European neoliberalism. This includes an interrogation of what it means to be political today besides traditional forms of participation as well as an analysis of the role of different forms of media in activists' politics and political imaginaries.
My research is set up as a collaborative research project, working with two pro-European civil society organisations operating transnationally across and beyond the continent.
Twitter: @an_scharenberg

Stephanie Sutton

I graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in History of Design (2014) and hold a BA in Fine Art and Visual Culture (University of the West of England, 2008). I am currently undertaking an MRes in Cities and Cultures at Queen Mary, University of London before commencing my PhD in the School of Geography at Queen Mary.
My research interests include British post-war architecture and design history, urban history and theory, childhood cultures, focusing on material culture and geographies and spaces of childhood, alongside alternative education and community action movements c. 1960s – 1980s. In collaboration with the V&A Museum of Childhood and the Centre for Childhood Cultures, my PhD research will examine the social, political and spatial history of children’s adventure playgrounds in post-war urban Britain. It will examine the production of such spaces within contrasting urban settings, whilst investigating the agency of those most closely associated with the adventure playground movement – playworkers, parents and carers, and especially children. The research aims to investigate how both ideas and practices of adventure play responded to shifting political agendas, economic contexts and intellectual understandings of play and child development.
Over the past ten years I have worked professionally within the visual arts, specialising in archives, curating, public programming and research. I have worked with organisations including RIBA, Focal Point Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, V&A Museum of Childhood, the Royal College of Art, The Twentieth Century Society and Tate.

Teemu Toivainen

Teemu has just started his ESRC funded PhD at Goldsmith’s College under the supervision of Professor Yulia Kovas. His research will take a comprehensive look into creativity and its relationship to other measures such as intelligence and personality. Teemu’s project will also investigate creativity using behavioral genetic methodologies as well as expand it to cross-cultural analyses. Previously Teemu has gained BSc in Political Science (University of Helsinki, Finland), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (London Metropolitan University) and MRes in Psychology (Goldsmiths).

Rosalie Warnock

I am a 1+3 funded student, currently studying for the MRes Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London. I hold a BA (Hons) Sociology with Geography (University of Cambridge, 2015)
My research aims to explore the implications of recent changes to the welfare state on the citizen-status of low-income 16-24 year-olds in the UK. The UK Conservative Government's 2015 Summer Budget, proposing the (now-implemented) statutory 'living wage' for over-25s and restricted housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds, is one of the latest moments in a series of longer-term shifts in the way young people are framed within UK social policy. I aim to explore the implications of this for citizenship in the context of both changing conceptualisations of 'young people' and the complexity of this category, and changes to the welfare state in the midst of austerity. Interests: youth and young people, transitions to adulthood, families, citizenship, welfare policy in times of austerity, participatory action research
I am a strong believer in education as a tool for social mobility and mentor four young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of the Kent Academies Network University Access Programme

Charlotte Wrigley

I am a 1+3 ESRC studentship holder at QMUL working in the human geography department. I hold a masters degree in Environment, Culture and Society from the University of Edinburgh and a bacherlors degree in Medieval history from the University of Manchester.
My research is concerned with the de-extinction of the mammoth and its role as a planetary redemption strategy within the new geologic epoch the Anthropocene. Permafrost thawing due to anthropogenic climate change forms a socio-material imaginary through which notions of apocalypse are configured. One response to this has been the restoration of the prehistoric mammoth steppe ecosystem at the Pleistocene Park in north-eastern Siberia. Rewilding megafauna (and eventually the mammoth) puts to work snow-trodding herds in order to encourage the permafrost to stay frozen. The revival of the mammoth and its role in planetary redemption forms part of an Anthropocene imaginary. Through this project, I aim to consider both the geologic forces of permafrost thawing and refreezing, and the biopolitical processes of de-extinction and rewilding that create and sustain life. By attending to the socio-material properties of melting, I will examine just what is revealed and made visible by permafrost thawing – both literally and figuratively – and consider the shifting configurations of frozen life in a warming world.