The IAS WIRL-COFUND project has received funding the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme to develop the next generation of research leaders. WIRL-COFUND will build on the successful training model developed in the IAS fellowship programmes to bring together early career researchers from around the world into an interdisciplinary research environment. WIRL-COFUND fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area that is linked to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.
Department of Politics & International Studies, Global Governance GRP
My research is based at the intersection of security studies and international political economy, focusing on conceptions of (in)security in global finance. This includes theories of money, debt, value and collateral, informed by a socio-political perspective grounded in the technicalities of modern finance. I hold a PhD in Politics from Lancaster and have worked at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) for 8 years, leading a work package on Financial security in the EU FP7-funded Societal Security Network (SOURCE) and organising interdisciplinary PhD courses at the Research School on Peace and Conflict. My WIRL-COFUND project examines how and with what consequences the value of safety is changing in post-crisis finance, looking at: 1) Historical and theoretical parameters of safe assets; 2) Systemic and systematic risk; 3) Safety in collateral-based finance and 4) Changing valuation frameworks of safety. I am co-editor of the post-disciplinary open-access journal Finance and Society.
Department of Sociology, International Development GRP
As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, I will explore the concept of asylum as a contradictory symbol of inclusion within the Nation and Europe. Drawing from social anthropology, feminist philosophy, queer theory and socio-legal studies, my postdoctoral project will examine the meaning and enactment of two central asylum formations in Greek legislation (family asylum and political asylum) in order to map out the entanglements of migrant, kinship and sexual rights, politics, and theories. In 2015, I completed my PhD in the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Aegean, Greece. My thesis consisted of a long term ethnographic study of BDSM social and sexual networks in contemporary Greece. Over the last decade I have participated in several EU funded projects as a postdoc and field researcher, undertaking research on sexual and gender politics, kinship, migration policies along with issues of institutional injustice.
Department of Applied Linguistics, Connecting Cultures GRP
School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Connecting Cultures GRP
My postdoctoral project is entitled Unearthing the Nation: Remembrance, Affiliation and Mass Grave Exhumations in Spain. The project aims to study the narratives of cultural remembrance related to Spanish mass grave exhumations from the Civil War and show how the cultural afterlives of the exhumations portray different modes of meaning making and (national) identification. I was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Language, Literature and Anthropology of the Spanish National Research Council within the H2020 project Unsettling Remembering and Social Cohesion in Transnational Europe (UNREST) and a Marie Curie ITN fellow at the same institute. I hold a PhD (cum laude) from Maastricht University.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Connecting Cultures GRP
My project focuses on social practices of car parking in cities. It investigates parking at the intersection of mobility studies and studies on infrastructure in order to discover the role of materiality in today’s mobility and to shed light on how urban infrastructure is produced by various urban actors. My aim is to establish car parking as a subject of study that has import on how we understand everyday social practices, mobility of people, rights to space and urban complexity. In previous years I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where in 2015 I completed my PhD about ideologies in urban space. I was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Conflicts Research at the University of Cambridge (2014) and Culture, Theory, Space research cluster at the University of Plymouth (2012).
Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, Connecting Cultures GRP
My WIRL-COFUND project outlines the interrelated aesthetics, forms, and affects around literary depictions of inshore fishery crisis, industrial fishery extractivism, and oil shock, with a particular emphasis on Nigeria and the Caribbean. This research will contribute to my monograph, Fishery Fictions and the World-Ecology: Energy, Extractivism, and Environmental Crisis, in which I develop a comparative framework for reading novels based at regional fisheries in relation to Atlantic-wide fishery and oil collapse. I received my PhD from University College Dublin in 2017, where I was an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar. In October 2015, I was a Dobbin Scholar at Dalhousie University, and from January–June 2017, a Fulbright–NUI Visiting Researcher at Princeton University. My research has been published in Green Letters, Atlantic Studies and Briarpatch, and I am currently working on a number of articles on fishery culture and the blue humanities, as well as other areas of the environmental humanities and world literature.
Department of Chemistry, Materials GRP
Fernando’s research focuses on the structure-property relationship in the area of functional materials. His research straddles the interdisciplinary areas of Solid State Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics and Crystallography. In 2016 he completed his PhD entitle “New materials with potential magnetoelectric properties: Influence of the d and f cations” at National University of Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina. After his PhD, Fernando diversified his research skills by undertaking a PDRA in surface science at National University of the Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, he will be working at the Senn group in a very original and innovative project whose main aim is to provide vital proof that materials with physical properties as complex as magnetoelectricity can be designed using a symmetry based approach.
Department of Classics & Ancient History, Connecting Cultures GRP
My research focuses on the diverse religious traditions of the late antique Mediterranean world (ca. 3rd-7th CE), with a particular emphasis on ritual in lived religion. I completed my PhD in History at the University of California, Los Angeles (2012), and I have held postdoctoral fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In addition to my book, Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), I have placed my research in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. As a WIRL-COFUND fellow, I will examine Jewish and Christian amulets and incantation bowls from late antiquity in order to uncover how Jews and Christians negotiated their identities and structured their communal boundaries in relation to one another in their everyday lives.
School of Law, Connecting Cultures GRP
Amanda has been researching alternative justice mechanisms in criminal justice for more than a decade. She has contributed to various grant-based research projects and has developed and taught subjects offered across both Law and Arts and Social Sciences faculties at leading Australian universities. Amanda is a University Medallist and was awarded a PhD Excellence Award from the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales for her thesis Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Criminal Justice: A Gendered Engagement. Her WIRL-COFUND project will explore the relation between restorative justice and criminal justice with a particular emphasis on moral psychology.