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Vera Ehrenstein

Research fellow
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Vera's interests are Science and Technology studies, the sociology of markets and the anthropology of development.

Vera is a research fellow on the MISTS project.

She is currently completing her PhD at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Ecole des Mines, Paris, under the supervision of Fabian Muniesa. Her research interests revolve around Science and Technology Studies, the sociology of markets and the anthropology of development. She tries to combine these three analytical resources in order to make sense of globalized political action. Vera’s past work focused on how tropical deforestation has been framed as a problem for climate change mitigation, a problem that is expected to be dealt with by internationally negotiated regulations relying on economic incentives. As contributor to the MISTS project she will now examine market-based public-private arrangements targeting diseases that affect so-called developing countries.

See Vera's research output on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Christos Varvantakis

Research fellow
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I have published papers on children and youth, politics and activism, on visual research methods and theory, and on the politics of urban public space.

I am an anthropologist currently working as the research fellow for the Connectors Study (Goldsmiths/ ERC) in Athens, an international longitudinal ethnography which studies the relation between childhood and public life, with a particular interest on how an orientation towards social action emerges in middle childhood, and how does it look like (more at: connectorsstudy.com).  My research focuses on the intersections of childhood and public life, politics and urban environments, as well as on visual and multimodal research methodologies. I completed my PhD at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2014), having previously trained as a sociologist (University of Crete) and visual anthropologist (Goldsmiths College). I have undertaken research in Germany, South India and Greece, and have worked as a research associate in the University of Crete and as a visiting scholar in the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

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Katherine Collins

Postdoctoral researcher
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Katherine is a Postdoctoral Researcher on BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the Lives of Britons resident in the EU27.

BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the Lives of Britons resident in the EU27 is an innovative sociological study that questions what Brexit means for Britons resident in other European Union member states. Woking closely with Britons living across the EU27, it keeps a finger on the pulse of how they experience Brexit and its impacts on their lives as it unfolds.

Research interests

Katherine researches the creative and critical practices involved in the writing of obscure and marginalised lives: issues like the politics and poetics of life-writing, testimonial cultures and witnessing, and autobiographies of resistance. She has a particular focus on methodological innovation, for instance a programme of research into participatory writing, with an exploratory workshop funded by TORCH Oxford, to explore the ways in which the principles and practices of participatory research might be applied to the making of a text, and what this approach have to teach us about the sorts of creative, aesthetic, and scholarly standards to which we can aspire.

Drawing upon literature from participatory research, international development and activist scholarship, her doctoral research at UWE Bristol – an 18-month ‘co-created’ project that sought to reduce risky drinking in two deprived neighbourhoods –developed the idea that autoethnographic writing can be a method for analysing participatory and action research projects; and explored the relationship between identity, social inequality and social activism via evocative writing as ‘the very possibility of change’ (Cixous, 1976, p. 879).

She is a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, where she co-ordinates the Life-Writing as Inquiry research strand, and is undertaking a prosopographical survey of British expatriate communities in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, funded by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The work seeks to draw temporal and spatial connections, and to place British expats in an historical and social context. She will focus particularly on how living abroad may have influenced expats’ creative work and its subsequent reception in Britain. She will visit The Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague, which carries a collection of life writings, photos, letters, digital material and secondary sources from the late 19th century to the present day, created from donations by expatriates and their families. This project will provide historical and cultural context to the insights into contemporary British expats developed through the BrExpats project at Goldsmiths.

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Elma Demir

Project coordinator (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
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Elma is the Project Coordinator in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Kirsten Campbell’s ERC project ‘The Gender of Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’.

Elma is the Project Coordinator in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Kirsten Campbell’s ERC project ‘TRANSFORM". This follows on from Kirsten Campbell's ERC funded grant "The Gender of Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict’.

Since 2010, Elma Demir has been working as the project-coordinator and researcher on two transitional justice projects in Bosnia funded by the European Research Council: 'Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: ‘Transitional Justice' and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts' and the 'Transitional Justice Mapping’. These projects were both held by Sari Wastell in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to these posts, Elma worked as a researcher at the Association for Democratic Initiatives, the Dartmouth Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, NATO BH HQ, and the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Furthermore, she has worked as a consultant and analyst on many research projects for international organizations, civil society groups and political parties in Bosnia.

Elma holds a BA degree in Political Sciences from University of Sarajevo, and is an MA candidate in Globalization Studies at the Dartmouth College, USA. Elma has written an academic paper “‘To somebody a brother, to others the war”:  informal economies, social inequalities and transitional justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ which was based on empirical research results from the aforementioned research projects. Additionally, through support of the ERSTE Foundation, Elma conducted research on the informal economy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which was presented in a paper in 2013.

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Fay Dennis

Wellcome Research Fellow
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Fay Dennis is a Wellcome Research Fellow in Social Science and Bioethics in the Department of Sociology (mentored by Professor Marsha Rosengarten and Dr Rebecca Coleman). Her research explores the increase in drug-related deaths in the UK through an ethnographic method of body mapping.

Fay was previously a Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department, funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. During this time, she worked on disseminating her PhD research (undertaken at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), which explored injecting drug use experiences and practices, with a particular interest in pleasure as a neglected topic in drug research and policy. She has also worked as a researcher at King’s College London on a national project investigating the role of substance use in intimate partner violence. 

Research interests

Her research interests include sociological theories of the body, Science and Technology Studies, substance use, and ‘inventive’ research methods.

Fay has published articles in Critical Public Health, Contemporary Drug Problems, International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Media and Culture, and co-edited a themed collection on 'Drugged Pleasures' for the International Journal of Drug Policy. She currently has a book under contract at Routledge with the provisional title: ‘Injecting bodies in more-than-human worlds’.

Fay is on the editorial board at the International Journal of Drug Policy, a co-convenor of the BSA New Materialisms Study Group, and a member of the Centre for Invention and Social Process.

See Fay's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Francisca Grommé

Researcher
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I am a post-doctoral researcher on the ERC funded research project "Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS)". This project is concerned with changing practices in the production of official statistics by national statistical institutes, mainly the census. It deals with changes such as the development and adoption of Big Data techniques.

In my research I am interested in the interactions between science, technology and society. I hold a particular interest in the introduction of technologies for collecting data about citizens and consumers in a variety of governmental practices. Relevant themes in my work are identity, experiment, classification, expertise, knowledge, materiality and practice. My previous research has been mainly ethnographic and has included studies of the police, private security, public transport and local administration. I work from a background in Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Anthropology.

Before coming to Goldsmiths, I completed my PhD at the University of Amsterdam, Departments of Anthropology and Political Science. I did research on the introduction of surveillance technologies in Dutch crime control, with a particular interest in the role of experimental projects. My concern was with how these projects crossed boundaries to introduce new crime control practices, for instance, a police focus on aggression. The case studies included sound detection, data mining and traceable liquids. Previously, I studied the introduction of facial recognition in local crime control strategies.

See Francisca's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Robyn Long

Research assistant
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Robyn Long is the Research Assistant for the Connectors Study. She is currently completing an MA in Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, researching sexual citizenship and global politics, drawing together themes from political sociology and gender studies.

Robyn has a background working in academic libraries, training and developing staff, and supporting students and researchers of all levels with digital research, literature searching and reviews, and referencing. She is hoping to continue to doctoral study, questioning the ways that queer and crip theories might help us understand political citizenships.

See Robyn's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Gorana Mlinarevic

Researcher (The Netherlands and Bosnia-Herzegovina)
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Gorana Mlinarevic is a feminist activist and researcher on the prosecution of wartime sexual violence and post-war issues and experiences affecting women primarily in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region of the former Yugoslavia. Her interdisciplinary research often explores intersections and tensions between identity politics and economic and social realities of the post-war societies and societies undergoing political, social and economic transformations.

In 2009 together with Gabriela Mischkowski she co-authored the study “... and that it those not happen to anyone anywhere in the world” The Trouble with Rape Trials – Views of Witnesses, Prosecutors and Judges on Prosecuting Sexualized Violence during the War of Bosnia and Herzegovina that was the result of three years research project conducted for medica mondiale, Cologne. She is currently PhD Candidate in Women’s studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In addition to the research she has been engaged in teaching in areas of gender and transitional justice, feminist critique of nationalism and gender and the Balkans (Gender Studies Program at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies of University of Sarajevo). 

See Gorana's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Emily Nicholls

Researcher
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Emily Nicholls is a Postdoctoral Researcher on ‘Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health’ (EUROPACH). The Project is funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) under the auspice of a collaborative network of universities in the UK (Goldsmiths, University of London), Germany (Humboldt University), Poland (Jagiellonian University) and Switzerland (University of Basel). It seeks to explore the “uses of the past” in HIV policy and activism.

Emily’s PhD in Visual Sociology was awarded in 2017 and supervised by Marsha Rosengarten and Monica Greco. Her thesis was entitled: The Making of an AIDS archive: an account of expertise, inter/disciplinarity, and the process of researching and considered the various forms of expertise employed and fostered in the course of creating an archive of the UK HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Karen O’Reilly

Researcher
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Karen is Professorial Research Fellow, working with Dr Michaela Benson, on the project BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons resident in the European Union funded by the UK in a Changing EU.

This innovative sociological study questions what Brexit means for Britons resident in other European Union member states. Working closely with Britons living across the EU27, employing diverse ‘live’ methods, it keeps a finger on the pulse of how they experience Brexit and its impacts on their lives as it unfolds.

Karen is also Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University and a freelance qualitative research trainer. Although her first job, at Essex University, was as Assistant Academic Advisor to the ESRC/ONS review of social classifications – designing the NS-SEC, Karen has spent most of her career living amongst and learning from British people who move abroad in search of a better way of life. Sociologically this has informed an interest in a broad range of themes, including: ethnicity, identity and community; nations and nationalism; home and belonging; social exclusion; the informal economy; tourism-related migration; and friends and networks. The ESRC has funded her research several times and the findings have been published in a selection of books and papers broadly related to migration. The research has also generated considerable media interest and has featured on BBC’s Real Story, Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, and mainstream newspaper articles in the UK and Spain. Karen is author of:  International Migration and Social Theory (2012); Ethnographic Methods (2012); Key Concepts in Ethnography (2009); Lifestyle Migration (edited volume, 2009); and The British on the Costa del Sol (2000). She has recently completed a book on elite migration to Panama and Malaysia (with Michaela Benson), and is working in a third edition of Ethnographic Methods. Karen has recently pioneered the use of practice stories for migration research.

In addition to her ongoing research and providing qualitative and ethnographic research methods training, Karen is currently an active member of three International Advisory Boards.

NCCR-Onthemove. http://nccr-onthemove.ch/about-us/ which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary migration patterns and to establish an innovative and competitive field of research on migration and mobility in Switzerland.

GLARUS: Global Labour in Rural Societies (GLARUS) project. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2017 – 2021. Based in Norway, the project aims to explore how contemporary global flows of low-skilled and manual labour transform the social fabric of non-urban regions in Western society. 

The Construction of Europe in foreign residents’ media in the South of Spain and Portugal. Funded by Spanish Government and hosted by the University of Malaga.

See Karen's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Clare J. Prater

Project Coordinator
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