The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) programme supports completing Warwick doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and independant postdoctoral research careers. IAS appoints two rounds of Early Career Fellows each year, for Fellowships of 6-10 months duration. During this time, Fellows participate in the Accolade Training Programme - designed to prepare participants for independent academic careers. In addition, the Fellows establish independent research profiles that contribute to their ongoing career development by creating academic outputs, organising research-related events, maintaining an ePortfolio and participating in other IAS events.
Department of History
I am a historian of twentieth-century Britain interested in the intersecting histories of medicine and childhood. My research focuses on the ways in which medicine and the social sciences have a porous boundary with each other, with neighbouring disciplines, and exert an influence on everyday practices for people in the past. My doctoral project examined adolescent children and discipline in schools. More specifically, I looked at how teachers came to understand their pupils' behaviour through the prism of different (inter-related) methodological approaches which shifted over the course of the century (from psychology to sociology and back again). Meanwhile, my developing interest lies in the history of speech therapy as a theory and practice in twentieth-century Britain. This was a similarly diverse and inter-allied profession, and one which provides a vantage point from which to consider several research areas: social attitudes towards the voice; speech's relationship to class and gender; and where the limits of the 'medical' actually lie.
Department Politics & International Studies
Why did the British state propel the expansion of the financial sector in the 1970s/1980s? While most accounts emphasise the role of financial lobbyists and the power of neoliberal ideas, my PhD research offered a different explanation. By examining the declassified government documents, I argued that the British state acted to liberalise the City of London as a desperate, ad hoc strategy to govern both the global profitability crisis of the period and the immediate demands of the British electorate. More broadly, my work is concerned with the political governance of capitalism and theories of economic value.
Institute of Advanced Teaching & Learning and Department of Chemistry
What happens to sunscreen active ingredients when they absorb solar radiation? All molecules, including sunscreen active ingredients, become excited after absorbing radiation, acquiring excess energy that makes them unstable. In a sunscreen context, it is important that the excess energy is dissipated without generating any harmful species and without breaking apart. My PhD thesis, titled Ultrafast Photoprotection Mechanisms: Expediting the Molecular Design of Sunscreen Agents, focused on obtaining a comprehensive understanding of these energy dissipation mechanisms to inform targeted molecular design of sunscreens.
Throughout my PhD I also fell in love with teaching and so my IAS fellowship is shared with IATL, where I take part in interdisciplinary teaching.
Department of English & Comparatie Literary Studies
My PhD thesis, “Women in Residence: Forms of Belonging in Jane Austen,” investigates the centrality of non-portable property – houses – in Austen’s novels, particularly her portrayal of how her female characters establish feelings of ownership and belonging towards houses they are not legally entitled to own. My work is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the dialogue on women and property, management, education and accomplishments in such non-fictional sources as conduct books, diary entries and letters, as well as other fictional works of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
My next research project will explore the development of the portrayal of the heiress in various novels published from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the nineteenth century.
Department of Psychology
I am a cognitive psychologist with a passion for education and technology. My research explores the possibility to quantify human psychology through observing our language. How does humour work? Can we predict the GDP of a country based on which books are published? How do we quantify and predict the change of meaning over time? My work answers these questions using an overlap of psychology, software engineering and linguistics.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
My research investigates the politics of algorithmically-managed workplaces, primarily scrutinizing the managerial techniques and technologies found in logistics work. In particular, I am interested in the effects of algorithmic management on the social and political dimensions of the work process and the capacity for workers to organize, struggle or otherwise maximize their interests in algorithmically-dependent forms of work. Drawing on the politically 'interested' methodologies of Italian operaismo, my research adopts a distinctive approach spanning labour studies, media theory, organization studies, the philosophy of technology, and activist discourses; while bridging elements of critical management studies, cybernetics, political economy, phenomenology, architecture and design.
School of Life Sciences
I am interested in understanding the comparative development of the vertebrate pharynx by lineage tracing the migratory fates of a set of highly conserved transient embryonic cell population called the neural crest cells, which organise the craniofacial development across vertebrate species. I am currently attempting to reconstruct the comparative pharyngeal fate maps in various vertebrate species like zebrafish, chick and mouse. I am also interested in understanding how an abnormal migration of these cells during development can cause various craniofacial diseases using mouse as the model organism.
Department of Sociology
My PhD research, Placemaking in the Post-Functionalist and Post-Digital City: the Case Study of Ziferblat, funded by the Chancellor’s International Scholarship, explored a new form of urban public place—multifunctional venues called ‘pay-per-minute cafes’, ‘public living rooms’, or ‘anti-cafes’. This project employed an interdisciplinary theoretical framework combining urban sociology, human geography, cultural anthropology, media studies, and consumer and service research to investigate why such places are becoming increasingly popular and what it tells us about the contemporary city. My current research interests focus on placemaking projects and initiatives blurring the boundaries between home, work and leisure (e.g., supper clubs, co-living housing, hoffices).
Before joining the Sociology Department, I worked as a communication and media studies teacher and researcher at the Omsk State University, Russia (2007–2014) and a Fulbright fellow in the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013–2014).
Department of Politics & International Studies
The differential impact of the global financial crisis across the world has left a trail of unanswered questions in its wake. Whereas most accounts insist on global explanations and universal remedies, my PhD thesis employs an innovative interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate the historical specificity of the Spanish housing crash. Tracing the genealogies of a number of institutions and practices – including urban planning, homeownership, banking governance, and political corruption – I argue that the Spanish experience ought to be seen as the culmination of its domestic form of residential capitalism, one that binds together the interests of political parties to those of real estate actors. Overall, my work lies at the intersections between two fields, political economy and historical sociology. My next project seeks to expand my analysis of residential capitalism in a comparative direction, putting the Spanish case in dialogue with the British and German experiences.
Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies
I work on the intersection between classical reception and memory studies from the twentieth century onward, mapping out the ways in which the classics are specifically ‘remembered’ as often as – or more often than – they are deliberately ‘adapted’. As some of the oldest and most well-known stories of mankind, the classics have long held an important part in many peoples’ cultural memory, whereby my research uses new concepts from memory studies to explore both the cultural longevity and transcultural reception mnemohistory of classical antiquity. Alongside my research I also became co-leader of the Memory Studies Association’s ‘Global Memories’ working group.
Nick Sillett - sponsored by the affiliate MRC-DTP ECF scheme
Warwick Medical School
I am a recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research doctoral training partnership funded by the MRC. The research I carried out over the course of my PhD focused on the DNA replication machinery, known as the replisome, in the model organism budding yeast. The accurate, faithful replication of the cell’s genetic information, the genome, is paramount in maintaining its stability and the replisome. Failure to do so can give rise to widespread mutations that, in humans, can drive the transformation of a healthy cell to a cancerous one. More specifically, the work I performed looked at the diverse roles of a component of the replisome, DNA polymerase ε, as cells replicate their DNA, which I discovered had a previously unidentified function in signalling DNA damage. During my time with the IAS, I hope to finish off the work I undertook in order to publish it, as well developing my portfolio of skills to help me make the next step in my career.
Department of Chemistry
My PhD research in Warwick Chemistry is “Post Assembly Functionalised Peptidomimetic Metallohelices”. I designed and synthesized the highly stereoselective asymmetric self-assembly bimetallic helices (metal centre FeCl2 or Zn(ClO4)2) which contain terminal alkyne groups. Then, I clicked aromatic azides or sugar azides onto the preformed complex to extend the helices functionality and investigate the biological properties. In particular, the sugar (β-glucose, β-galactose) clicked metallohelices shows the dramatically increased anticancer activity in vitro compared with the alkyne unclicked complexes. I also developed new directional ligand containing triazole-imine and bipridine to form a new asymmetric self-assembly bimetallic helical system.
Joe van de Wiel - sponsored by the affiliate MRC-DTP ECF scheme
Warwick Medical School
I am an interdisciplinary biomedical scientist and trained brain surgeon (for rodents). My current research investigates how the brain senses changes in blood Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in order to regulate our breathing. As CO2 is a waste product, and is toxic in high quantities, sensing and responding to changes in CO2 is vital for all air-breathing animals. Without this function any periods of high CO2 production (e.g. exercise) would prove detrimental to bodily functions.