PhD Student Wins Faculty Research Prize

Congratulations to Dee Goddard a final year PhD student, and assistant lecturer, in the School of Politics and International Relations for her recent success in the University Research Prizes.

Kent’s third annual Research Prizes took place on 21 April, with 16 awards handed out to staff in recognition of their accomplishments over the previous 12 months.

The awards recognised achievements such as publication in top-ranked journals, high citation rates, significant funding awards and impact through public engagement and policy development.

The ceremony was hosted by Professor Catherine Richardson from the School of English, and the awards were presented by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Philippe De Wilde during a gala dinner held at the Darwin Conference Suite at the University’s Canterbury campus.

Professor De Wilde commended the high quality of applications received and congratulated the winners on their success:

‘The nominations highlighted the diversity of research, and the impressive achievements for which Kent academics and students are responsible. Such excellence made selecting sixteen winners particularly difficult, and as well as congratulating the winners I would like to thank all those who put their work forward for consideration. It has shown me how much excellent work is being undertaken, how many publications and grants are being secured, and how many accolades are being won.’

Dee was awarded the Social Science Faculty prize for Postgraduate Research in recognition of the significant dataset collated during Ms Goddard’s doctorate, and the important findings that have resulted. Her ESRC-funded research looks at how women have been appointed to ministerial positions across Europe. Her work makes an original contribution to the study of how governments are appointed, and provides a new dataset which details the gender-balance of every government in Europe since 1945. This is an invaluable resource for the study of the allocation of ministerial portfolios across Europe to offer a better understanding of both the issue of the representation of women in cabinets and the process of appointing the cabinet more broadly.

Congratulations to Dee and to all the students and staff nominated in for these well deserved prizes!

More information on Dee’s research can be found here.