Associates (Post graduate)

Max Antony-Newman

Max Antony-Newman is a PhD candidate in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development programme at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto (Canada) focusing on parental involvement, immigrant students, and linguistic minorities. His doctoral research focuses on the parental involvement of Eastern European immigrant parents in Canadian elementary schools through the Bourdieusian lens. This project aims to explore how social and cultural capital of immigrant parents affects patterns of their involvement in the host country, and how the involvement of immigrant parents matches the expectations of their teachers and narratives expressed in policy documents. Prior to his doctoral studies, Max taught ESL to diverse students in Canada and Europe for more than a decade before completing his MA in Languages and Literacy Education at OISE in 2014.

Rebecca Brione

Rebecca Brione is a postgraduate (Masters) student in Bioethics and Medical Law at St. Mary’s Twickenham. Her research interests focus on ethics in pregnancy and birth, encompassing autonomy, gender issues and power relationships. She is also interested in issues around women and young people in the criminal justice system. She works with Birthrights, a charity supporting human rights in childbirth, and has worked with Dr. Elselijn Kingma at the University of Southampton on research around home birth. Prior to starting the MA, Rebecca spent ten years working in public policy in the Civil Service, leading cross-disciplinary teams of economic, scientific, sociological and legal experts to develop and evaluate policy and law. She particularly enjoyed negotiating for the UK in Brussels and lobbying and managing legislation through the UK Parliament. Rebecca holds a MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Kasia Choluj

I am a PhD student in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Kent, Canterbury. My PhD project examines the intersection of parenting and home-making practices in diaspora focusing on the case study of the ‘new Polish migrants’ in Britain after 2004. My ethnographic research investigates how wider dimensions of socio-political transformations in Poland after 2004 is experienced by parents at the everyday level of family life in migration situation. This project, in particular, sheds light on how gendered parental roles and identities of the new Polish migrants are negotiated within wider global processes. In addition, it investigates the social construction of belongings of migrant parents with Polish origins through heuristic lens of ‘home-making’. My study is situated across expanding fields of diaspora/transnational studies, parenting culture, Polish and Eastern European studies and my research interests include: Parenting in global perspective; Diaspora and transnationalism; Polish diasporas in Europe; Identity politics.

Diego da Silva Rodrigues

Diego da Silva Rodrigues is PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Kent, where he researches about family economics. The focus of his research is to check how childcare policies interferes on mothers’ labour supply decisions, using empirical and quantitative methods such as microeconometrics and microsimulations. Diego is also member of the International Network of Child Support Scholars (INCSS) and lecturer in Economics at IESGO, Brazil.

Maj Hedegaard Heiselberg

I am a PhD Student at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Veteran Centre. My PhD Project focuses on Danish families going through military deployment. Based on ethnographic fieldwork before, during and after military deployment, I examine how soldiers’ spouses and younger children experience everyday family life when separated from their husband and father. From an analytical perspective, my project seeks to understand how expectations of intimacy and presence within family relations are challenged and negotiated by families attempts of staying in touch during deployment. By shedding light on the struggles faced by women married to soldiers, as they try to balance professional careers and family life, the study furthermore discusses norms and ideals about parenthood and gender in a Danish context. Finally, my project is a critical study of the Danish military and an attempt to understand processes of militarization by investigating the relationship between the two institutions – family and military. Prior to this PhD project I studied parenting and fatherhood among Danish fathers on paternity leave in Copenhagen as part of my MA in anthropology.

Carmen Kealy

I am a doctoral student at NUI Galway (Ireland). The objective of my PhD is to explore the Polish meaning and experience of parenting in Ireland. Currently exploring the strengths and weaknesses of an inductive approach, theoretical categories may arise from people’s lived experiences. Findings on Polish parents may inform theory of parenting and cultural identity, but observations could also be adequately explained by existing theoretical categories. Further, as the research seeks to explore people’s experiences and meanings, an interpretive methodology has been found appropriate. The aim is to give Polish parents a voice and make recommendations for policy and practice.

Elizabeth Nalepa

I am a doctoral student in the sociology department and a fellow of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. My major subfields of interest at medical sociology, the sociology of law, and methodology. I incorporate intersectional understandings of race, gender, and the life-course into my work, both qualitative and quantitative. I am currently working on two large projects. The first is a model tracing the impact of restrictions on abortion providers in the United States known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) Laws. The second is an investigation of the intersection between medicine and law as systems of social control with authority over pregnant women.

Verity Pooke

Verity is an ESRC PhD candidate in Social Policy with the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Verity is conducting a qualitative research project that investigates the workings of risk consciousness in the provision and use of the Emergency Contraceptive Pill in the UK. The project aims to evaluate the real life experiences of women using and choosing contraception in the UK in an era occupied by the concept of ‘safe sex’. Outside of her PhD work, Verity has been a Trustee for the sexual health charity the FPA since 2015 and lobbies for women’s sexual and reproductive health rights in the UK. She also volunteers with a sexual health advisory group locally in Kent with Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

Sunna Símonardóttir

Sunna Símonardóttir is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Iceland. My research focuses on parenting culture and the construction of motherhood in Iceland. She has published one article on attachment theory discourse in Iceland called Constructing the attached mother in the “world’s most feminist country” and is working on two further articles on the experiences of Icelandic mothers who struggle with breastfeeding.