Current Students

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.

Amy Corcoran

Having completed a BSc (Hons.) Psychology (2005) and MSc Research Methods in Psychology (2007), I worked on a large clinical research trial at The University of Reading focusing on childhood anxiety, before leaving to travel Asia for 19 months. During this trip I worked for a Burmese human rights NGO based in Thailand. It was this experience that led me to change career path, and enrol on an LLM in Human Rights Law at Birkbeck College in 2012.
My academic focus during this time moved increasingly towards considerations of state power, and its critique - with academic and journalistic writing projects often centring around protest and policing. As an artist, my contemplations over the power of dissent to achieve its aims have led me to wish to understand art’s role within this process, which is what my PhD will now focus upon.

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.

Omega Douglas

I have practiced as a journalist, editor, media consultant and journalism educator for almost two decades. I have a BA in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths (First Class) and MA in Global Media from SOAS (Distinction). My research focuses on international news, NGOs, race and representation of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Éilish Duke

Éilish graduated from University College Dublin in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Psychology. She subsequently completed an MSc in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, with a dissertation focussing on reward processing in the context of depression. After two years working in international education with the Fulbright Commission and Chevening Secretariat, Éilish was awarded ESRC funding to carry out doctoral research at Goldsmiths.
Her PhD focus will expand on her previous work at MSc level, using advanced quantitative techniques to investigate individual differences in hedonic tone in the context of major depressive disorder.

Shereen Fernandez

I have a BA in Geography from Queen Mary University of London and an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS. I also gained a PGCE after completing a two Leadership Development Programme with Teach First. I am now working towards a PhD at Queen Mary University of London.
Having worked as a teacher for two years in London, I am interested in how teachers are expected to promote Fundamental British Values (FBV).Teaching FBV is now statutory across schools in the UK and is subject to inspection by Ofsted. Looking closely at the Prevent legislation, I want to examine whether teaching FBV promotes inclusion and integration or whether it results in communities feeling excluded and isolated. This project will shed light on the policy and whether it is sustainable.

Francisco Gallardo

Francisco J. Fernández Gallardo (aka Fran Gallardo) is an imaginative technologist with a background in design, physics, computing and precision engineering. He is a young active member of the Environmental Art Activism movement whose work is primarily focused on exploring the interface between society, environment and technology. He studied at the Architectural School of Seville, the Engineer School of Alcalá de Henares and the Polytechnic School of Madrid and has been a visiting scholar at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development Program at New York University.
His research examines the cultural challenge of re-describing the role of biodiversity and water in urban systems -- or BiodiverCITY for short. By such, he aims to promote habitat reconstruction and critical evolution in the Anthropocene and subsequently, also personal and environmental health. This research aims to compile a cookbook of recipes and menus as vehicles for participatory interventions, tasting interfaces and social media outlets to re-introduce food as part of a networked global system -- nutrients that are moving through different organisms and ecosystems -- to be reinvented, re-imagined and creatively hacked. Bon appetit.

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.

Daniel Gover

Daniel has a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge.
His PhD will look at the engagement of religious groups with the policymaking process in Britain.
Daniel also works for the Constitution Unit in the Department of Political Science at UCL, where he is researching the Westminster parliament’s legislative process. He has previously worked at the House of Commons, and he is the author of Turbulent Priests? (2011) for the think tank Theos, which analyses the political contribution of the Archbishop of Canterbury in contemporary England.

Deborah Grayson

I'm based in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, where I did the MA in Political Communications. My BA is in Social Anthropology.
My Ph.D. is an ESRC-funded collaboration with interfaith charity 3FF, were I help with monitoring and evaluation while trying to answer my own research questions. My research focuses on how knowledge is produced, the relationship between knowledge and belief, and the role of media technologies in spreading and accrediting ideas.

Tim Hickman

B.A. (Hons) in Sociology, Psychology and Statistics; CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work); PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education); MA Social Research.
My research project examines the perspectives and experiences of cyberbullying amongst young members of vulnerable and marginalised groups, using ethnography and narratives. It considers the performance of racism, the impact of the discriminatory discourse, the meanings ascribed to cyberbullying by young people, and impact on collective culture, imagined futures and relatedness to digital devices.
I spent over thirty years working in inner-city secondary schools in socially disadvantaged areas, as a teacher, Advisor and Consultant. I currently work as a volunteer mentor to young people, and as a Peer Assisted Learning mentor at Goldsmiths.

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.

Sarah Howard

Sarah has a BA in History and English, and an MA in Rights and Development, both from Goldsmiths. She has worked for a variety of non-governmental organisations in the UK and the Horn of Africa, and spent over five years in Ethiopia since 1998.
Her PhD research will focus on sanitation promotion in rural Ethiopia, to look at what happens at local level when imported development schemes that want to produce 'empowered' self-governing citizens who can manage their own development meet a hierarchical model of civic participation tied to the state, in which development is seen as a reciprocal obligation rather than a right. The research will investigate the intersections of different levels of power in the project (from central state and its interactions with the apparatus of international development, to indigenous local organisations down to the household), the forms of inequality it challenges or generates (gender, age, social status, religion), and the actions and critical reflections of the people who are the targets of the intervention.

Vanessa Hughes

BA Philosophy & Politcs, University of Durham MA Migration Studies, University of Sussex
Her particular interests are in irregular migration, child migration, family migrants, citizenship, processes of othering and refugees/exilees.

Christian Ilbury

I hold a B.A. (Hons) in English Language (Linguistics) from the University of Sussex and an M.A. in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London.
I am a sociolinguist who is broadly interested in phonological variation, its social correlates and its implications. Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between language, variation and change and technology/media. My doctoral research will analyse the relationship between offline phonological variation and non-standard orthographic variation in Twitter in an attempt to decipher the 'social meaning' of such variation. I am also interested in phonological theory; particularly exemplar theory and the phonology/orthography interface, linguistic style and socio-phonetics.
Twitter: @Christian_Ilbury

Nele Jensen

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Nele spent the last few years working as a freelance consultant on various research projects while also completing a part-time MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at UCL.
Nele's research focuses on knowledge production in global health, and in particular on 'evidence-based' approaches to health policy-making. The aim is to explore how 'evidence' and 'evidence-based' approaches are produced at global health institutions, what the new techniques, practices, and norms are that emerge as part of this process, how these approaches travel, how they are transformed to fit national and/or local contexts, and how in turn they transform the politics and governance of health.

Xavier Job

I gained a BSc in Psychology (hons) at the University of Surrey, with one years professional placement at the Humboldt University of Berlin within the biological psychology/psychophysiology lab. I then completed an MSc in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths.
My research interests fall within cognitive psychology and neuroscience. My proposed PhD research investigates the bidirectional nature of motor and perceptual/attentional processes. More specifically, the research attempts to investigate recent findings that not only can visual perception influence motor processes, but that these effects can be reversed - such that intending to act upon an object in the environment can fundamentally alter the perception of it. To investigate this coupling of action and perception I use a combination of behavioural, electrophysiological (EEG) and brain stimulation techniques in healthy individuals as well in two developmental disorders associated with perceptual and motor difficulties - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Jonathan Jones

University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1998-2001), BScEcon (Hons) International Politics with Intelligence Studies. Swansea University (2004-2005), MA (Hons) International Relations.
My current research interests is centred around labour and logistics in global production networks. I have previously published work on numerous aspects of contemporary anti-systemic social movements.

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.

Yari Lanci

Yari Lanci obtained a BA in 'Lingue e Letterature Straniere' (Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale') and an MA in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College, University of London).
His research project focuses on current transformations of human conflict studied through an analysis of how the concept of war, as a fundamental discursive category of modern political thought, has changed over the years. The aims of this research are: to investigate the ways in which the discourse of war continues to invest our global order; to trace the genealogy of a series of different literatures centred around the notions of war and peace in order to go beyond them by pointing out the connection between contemporary forms of conflict and the economic mechanisms which generate them; to expose different ways in which this discourse remains central for our understanding of contemporary politics.

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.

Angus McNelly

PhD - School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London MSc - Development Studies, SOAS University of London BSc - Economics and Mathematics, University of Bristol
My research project is an examination of women within the indigenous social movements that characterised the revolutionary period of 2000-2005 in Bolivia. These cycles of struggle, grounded in indigenous episteme and a history of radical syndicalism, threw up new and innovative ways of doing politics, eventually culminating in the writing of a new constitution through the participatory democratic process of the constituent assembly. What caused a population to rise up and reject the dominant social logic? And what were the alternatives that were conceived with and then proposed by such social struggles? Much has been written about this period of Bolivia’s recent history. The most prominent areas of investigation have been the political economy of privatisation, and struggles against neoliberal reforms; the crisis in the liberal state and the political rupture caused by the social movements of this period; and the tensions that arise in a plurinational context shaped by multiple indigenous episteme operating alongside the occidental logic of the post colonial state. However, theorisation about women’s place in these events remains an obvious lacuna in the literature, and thus my research seeks to bridge the gap between analysis of struggles against the liberal state and neoliberalism; and women’s involvement in indigenous movements. I aim to do this by utilising a critical Marxist framework grounded in the work of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, using theoretical developments that have emerged from Bolivia since the work of notable political theorist René Zavaleta Mercado.
ILAS Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series, organising committee member Historical Materialism 2015 Latin America Stream Latin American Marxism Reading Group Radical Feminism Reading Group Tour Guide, Mayfair

Gynna Millan

Gynna is an architect from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, and holds an MSc in Building and Urban Design for Development from University College London's Development Planning Unit (UCL DPU). She worked as the Media Coordinator for the DPU, and established the department's media group, integrating new media into research and teaching activities. Gynna has international experience using video for documentation and inclusive development planning in India, Brazil, Haiti and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Gynna's PhD research focuses on the potential of digital technologies in enhancing and amplifying citizens' participation in the process of decision-making within urban planning. She is paying special attention to cities in the Global South and, more specifically, to the most socially excluded and deprived urban areas. The research is an attempt to re-think the concept of 'smart cities' by investigating how it can respond (or not) to the needs of those living in infrastructure-excluded areas. Gynna's PhD aims to deliver a smart cities-inspired business model for community engagement in development planning that is accessible to and affordable for deprived urban communities, NGOs and governments.

Jon Gunnar Olafsson

I have a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths (2005), an MA in International Relations from the University of Iceland (2008) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Iceland (2012). Currently I am working on my PhD thesis at the Media and Communications department at Goldsmiths.
My research investigates the interaction and working practices of different actors within the mediated public and private policy spheres in small states, using Iceland as a case study. This will be achieved through a mixture of qualitative semi-structured elite interviews and a wider quantitative public survey. The project will fill a glaring research gap in the political communication literature concerning small democratic states.
Prior to starting my PhD I worked as a journalist in Iceland and also as a lecturer at the University of Iceland. Furthermore I participated in several cross-national research projects at the Centre for Small State Studies in Reykjavík.

Rosamund Oxbury

Graduated with 1st class hons. BA English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford, July 2014.
Sociolinguistics, language contact and specifically Multicultural London English: the proposed PhD dissertation will measure the phonological variables identified by Cheshire et al. (2011) in three different boroughs of London, to look for similarities and differences in the multi-ethnolect across the city, and examine the possibilities of geographical diffusion of MLE features, and of local innovations.
Between finishing her BA and commencing the MA at QMUL, Rosie completed the Trinity Certificate of TESOL, and taught English as a foreign language in Bulgaria.

Panagiotis Papaeconomou

Panagiotis Papaeconomou holds a 4 year BA in Human Development (honours in Psychology), an MSc Research Methods in Psychology from the University College London, and an MPhil in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. His MSc thesis dealt with methodological developments in measuring risk perception and his MPhil thesis explored individual differences in instance-based decision making under risk and uncertainty. His PhD research aims to examine how affect, personality, and genetic endowment predict risk-taking behaviour in lab based and real world financial transactions.
Keywords: Anomalies in economic behaviour, behavioural economics, bounded rationality, cognitive bias, consumer behaviour, decision theory, formal rationality, framing, heuristics and biases, prospect theory, loss aversion, risky choice, intertemporal choice theory, present bias, time inconsistency and procrastination, risk preferences, risk perception, substantive rationality, reinforcement sensitivity theory, emotional processing, risk as feelings, uncertainty.
Classification of interests: Individual differences and financial decision-making under risk and uncertainty, learning and social influence in financial transactions, descriptive models of human decision behaviour, relation of behavioural economics to other disciplines and how they can inform public and economic policy, information security.

Elisabetta Pasini

Msc at GSE in Barcelona. Mres and PhD at Queen Mary University of London
Immigration, public policy, education, labour economics

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.

Chloe Peacock

I have a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Goldsmiths (2010) and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Sussex (2013). I am now working towards my PhD in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths.
My research is concerned with tracing experiences of punishment in the wake of the 2011 London riots. While my project will focus on the ways in which the criminal justice response to the riots, has been experienced, I am also interested in the effects of punishment in a broader sense. This research builds on my MA dissertation, 'Remembering the riots: Citizenship and ‘social cleansing’ after the London riots of 2011', which was published by the Howard League for Penal Reform in 2014 (
My research includes collaboration with the Howard League for Penal Reform ( I occasionally blog on matters relating to my research: see e.g.
Twitter: @chloepeacock87

Peter Rees

I completed my BA in English at the University of Sussex, graduating in 2010 and my MSc in Social and Political Theory at Birkbeck College, University of London.
My PhD combines a poststructuralist theoretical approach with contemporary critical migration literature to investigate the relationship between human rights and citizenship in the current nation-state system. In so doing, the aim is to understand how non-citizens may carry out acts of political agency that produce citizens and contest the terms of their exclusion from the demos.

Maddalena Ronchi

I hold both my BA and MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University. I completed the MRes in Economics at Queen Mary, University of London.
I am broadly interested in Labor Economics. Specifically my doctoral research will be in the area on applied micro labor, with a particular focus on topics related to the impact of migration on the receiving labor market and on issue related to the area of personnel economics.

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

Caroline Spence

Human Attitudes to Animal Welfare and Sentience

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.

Jasmine Tan

I graduated from King's College London with a BMus in Music (2013) and went on to do an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London (2014).
I am interested in brain imaging, music cognition and flow, an altered state of consciousness that results from intense engagement in a challenging and enjoyable activity. My research involves using neuroimaging methods to study the brain response patterns in flow experience, particularly in musicians and computer gamers. We hope that understanding the brain in flow will shed more light on the characteristics of flow and enable us to explore the possibility of using neurofeedback to improve flow experience.

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).

Sarah Walker

I hold an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I have worked for several years in the refugee sector in the UK as both a refugee support worker and a researcher, as well as on academic projects including 'bEU Barriers to EU Citizens' at COMPAS, University of Oxford as well as ‘Tried and Trusted? The role of Non-Government Organisations in Asylum Seeker and Irregular Migrant Voluntary Returns’, a joint research project conducted by the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), University of Southampton and COMPAS, and SMILE at the Refugee Council, which examined the barriers refugee children face in accessing education in the UK.
Building on my previous research experience, my doctoral research seeks to critique the ‘sedentarist’ perspective that underpins immigration policy. It will critically explore how separated young people experience notions of return as they turn 18 and how this impacts upon their sense of self and belonging. Through a comparative analysis of two EU countries, the UK and Italy, it seeks to shed light on the state’s role in creating vulnerabilities, young people’s ability to negotiate the space created by different migration regimes, and how they construct a sense of self through them.
I am actively involved in working with refugee and migrant groups in London and campaigning for change in immigration policy.
twitter: @stowsarah

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

Rebecca Wheeler

MRes Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, 2010-2012 Modules include Research Designs in Psychology, Advanced Design and Statistics, Philosophies of Research, Discourse Analysis and Qualitative Research. Dissertation: Personality and Police Interviews: The impact of similar personality types on disclosure, supervised by Dr Zoe Walkington. Awarded the 2012 annual prize for the best overall MRes mark (Psychology stream). MA Psychology (Hons), University of Aberdeen, 2005-2010 Thesis: Getting To Know You: Self-similarity and memory conformity, supervised by Dr. Kevin Allan. Subsidiary passes: Level 2 ECDL, Statistics and Sociology.
My research interests broadly fall into Applied Psychology and Applied Memory areas. My PhD focuses on techniques which can be implemented to improve witness recall in investigative interviews. Previous work has examined the impact that similarity between co-witnesses can have upon memory conformity, and how interviewer/interviewee personality similarities could affect levels of information disclosed in investigative interviews.
Currently I am working as a Graduate Trainee Teacher, responsible for leading first year psychology tutorials. I am also employed as a Research Participation Scheme Coordinator, responsible for the smooth running of the departmental research participation scheme.

Elaine Williams

Elaine completed both her BA in Anthropology and Media, and her MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics, at Goldsmiths University of London.
Her PhD will research cultural understandings of weapons and their social implications. Drawing upon six years of experience working with young people who have carried weapons in London, Elaine's work confronts the discrepancies and contradictions of weapons that are evident across the scale. From knives, guns and tasers, to drones, missiles and nuclear bombs; her research embarks on a vital theoretical repositioning of weapons in order to reveal the complexities of weapons as cultural practices. Elaine's project explores such practices as socially active in the production of behaviours and narratives, both locally and globally, that impact upon us all.

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.

Nathan Young

BA Slavic Linguistics/BS Business Administration (University of North Carolina) MA Linguistics (Stockholm University)
Research interests include the intersection of language, social class, and ethnicity in Scandinavia. My dissertation project is on sociophonetic meaning, variation and change in Stockholm Swedish and how this variation is induced, maintained, and framed by late-modern social forces. These include migration, racialization and ethnic boundary-making as well as consumption, habitus, and taste.