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The current EUTOPIA SIF fellows in the IAS

EUTOPIA-SIF 21-23 Cohort

EUTOPIA-SIF 22-24 Cohort

EUTOPIA-SIF 21-23 Cohort

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Hannes Houck

Hannes’ research at the University of Warwick is situated at the interface of organic synthesis and polymer chemistry. He focuses on the development of light- and temperature-responsive chemical building blocks that can be incorporated into polymer materials in order to make them more sustainable. He is particularly devising new conceptual approaches to form, break and reform the chemical bonds that make up many of our daily life plastics, thereby aiding their (re)processing and recycling.

Hannes was awarded a dual PhD degree in Chemistry from Ghent University, Belgium and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (summa cum laude) working on the development of bonding-debonding crosslinking strategies. Following alternating research stays in Belgium, Germany and Australia, he became fascinated about how light is capable of altering the chemical nature of small organic molecules, which in turn can change a material's macroscopic properties such as its strength and colour. As a postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University, he has created new photoresists for 3D laser printing and has been involved in industrial projects in the area of recyclable thermosets, on-demand curable coatings and de-bondable adhesives.

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Sanchari Deb

Sanchari Deb is currently associated with Power and Control Laboratory of School of Engineering, University of Warwick as EUTOPIA SIF Fellow. Earlier, she was associated with Smart e fleet group of VTT Technical Research Centre as ERCIM Fellow. Her research interests broadly cover different aspects of power and energy such as e mobility, charging infrastructure planning, Artificial intelligence applications in power and energy, microgrid planning, distribution network planning, local energy systems with cogeneration, Vehicle Grid integration, optimization, metaheuristics algorithms, tool development for charging station placement, machine learning applications, power system reliability, intelligent transport, autonomous vehicle, quantum computing applications, solar based charging infrastucture for Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Sanchari Deb completed her Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Electrical Engineering from Assam Engineering College (AEC), Guwahati in the year 2014, Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra, Ranchi with specialization as Power Systems in the year 2016, and PhD in Energy from Centre for Energy, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati in the year 2020. Post Phd, she joined Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy, New Delhi as Research Associate and worked on a project related to Vehicle Grid Integration in Indian aspect. Later, she was associated with Centre for Advanced Research in Electrified Transportation (CARET) of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as a postdoctoral researcher for a short duration. In the year 2020, she received European Research Council of Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) fellowship and joined VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland. She has published nearly 30 research articles and co-edited a book on Smart Charging.

Sanchari Deb serves as the reviewer of several peer reviewed journals of Elsevier, IEEE and Springer. She is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards such as ERCIM fellowship, EUTOPIA fellowship, and Anandaram Baruah award. She is also a member of IEEE Power and Energy Society.

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Valérie Hayaert

Valérie Hayaert is a cultural historian, specialized in legal iconology and legal symbolism.

She has taught at the University of Cyprus, the University of Tunis and the University of Canterbury. Following her thesis publication, Mens emblematica et humanisme juridique, Droz, THR 438, Geneva, 2008, she has carried a reconstruction of the visual promulgation of law further by examining not only the tradition of juristic emblems but also reviving the analysis of the wide variety of images - trees, diagrams, illustrations, genealogies, devises, schemata and variant images- that are to be found in early modern legal texts. In 2015 appeared Genealogies of Legal Vision, Routledge, a volume co-edited with Pr. Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law, New York). In 2016, she was commissioned expert field work by French legal professionals (Établissement Public du Palais de Justice de Paris) in the context of the discussions about what legal symbolism should be adopted in the recently built Paris Tribunal (Renzo Piano Building Workshop).

In 2017 and 2018, she contributed to two major exhibitions both held in Belgium: at the Groeningen Museum of Bruges : The Art of Law: Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War. and at the Museum Hof Van Buysleyden in Mechelen, Call for Justice 23 March-June 24, 2018). Her forthcoming book, Lady Justice: An Anatomy of Allegory (Edimburgh University Press) should be out in 2022.

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Xiaocui Wu

My research at the University of Warwick under the EUTOPIA-SIF fellowship focuses on the characterisation of conjugated polymers by using the ultimate spatial resolution of scanning probe microscopy to provide images and local electronic properties of molecules with sub-monomer precision. Based on a recent breakthrough of the host lab in submolecular resolution imaging of conjugated polymers, this project intends to achieve an unprecedented insight into the composition, structure and electronic properties of these functional macromolecules. Following this approach, conjugated polymers will be sequenced by simple visual inspection of their images, revealing details inaccessible to standard characterisations methods such as the structure of polymerisation defects and the spatial distribution of their molecular orbitals.

EUTOPIA-SIF 22-24 Cohort

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Emrah Atasoy

I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (EUTOPIA-SIF COFUND) of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), working in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to starting at Warwick, I spent an academic year at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of English Language and Literature as a visiting postdoctoral researcher. I completed a BA and PhD (Joint) in English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Türkiye, and taught at Hacettepe and Cappadocia Universities.

My Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship project is entitled Futuristic Narratives in Turkish Literature: 1950-2021: Speculation in the Anthropocene. This project aims to present a detailed discussion of Turkish futuristic narratives and speculation in the Anthropocene, covering the period between 1950 and 2021."

Research Interests

Speculative fiction, utopia, dystopia, critical dystopia, Turkish utopian & dystopian fiction, science fiction, twentieth-century literature, environmental humanities, ecocriticism, Anthropocene studies, cli-fi, posthumanism, comparative literature, world literature, pandemic fiction, apocalyptic fiction


I am happy to supervise postgraduate work on speculative fiction, utopia, dystopia, critical dystopia, apocalyptic literature, science fiction, pandemic fiction, cli-fi, posthumanism, Anthropocene fiction, world literature, and comparative literature.




Evelina Liarou

Evelina Liarou received her B.Sc. degree from the University of Patras in 2014, working on Analytical Chemistry and Nanotechnology. In 2016, she received her M.Sc. Degree (1st Class Honours) in Polymer Chemistry from the National University of Athens, where she worked on the synthesis of multifunctional polypeptides and drug delivery systems. In 2020 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, working in the group of Prof. David Haddleton on controlled radical polymerization. For the impact of her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Oxygen Tolerant Copper-mediated Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization”, she was awarded the “Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Medicine PhD Thesis Prize 2021” from the University of Warwick. In 2020 she received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) to work on reversible polymer transformations until 2022 at Ghent University. Since 2022 she is a Eutopia-SIF MSCA fellow at the University of Warwick, investigating polymerization mechanisms through advanced electron microscopy.

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Sébastien Lapointe

Dr. Sébastien Lapointe is a Maria Skłodowska Curie EUTOPIA-SIF COFUND Postdoctoral Fellow working in the Department of Chemistry with Pr. Adrian B. Chaplin. His research aims to repurpose anthropogenic N2O emissions by establish the science underpinning the activation of N2O by homogenous transition-metal complexes and translate these findings into impactful catalytic applications.

Dr. Lapointe did his undergraduate studies at the University of Montréal (Montréal, QC, Canada). He then moved across the globe to do his Ph.D with Professor Julia R. Khusnutdinova at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Okinawa, Japan), where he received his degree in 2020. He did his first postdoc with Professor Viktoria H. Gessner at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, NRW, Germany).

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Sarah Werner Boada

Sarah Werner Boada (PhD) is a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (EUTOPIA-SIF COFUND) at the IAS and Department of Sociology. Her current research project examines decisions to remove children from Romani and Traveller families in England and Spain from an intersectional perspective. Previously, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Gender Studies of the Central European University (Vienna, Austria), where she taught at the postgraduate level.

A mother-scholar, qualitative researcher and supporter of feminist pedagogy, her teaching and research interests include Gender Violence, Motherhood studies, Antigypsyism, and other forms of inequality under neoliberal governance. She has also worked in policy advocacy, in collaboration with various intergovernmental and umbrella organisations, in the fields of gender violence and children’s rights.

Sarah's mother tongue is French, but she is also fluent in English, Spanish and German, and has notions of Romanian and Bulgarian.