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Global Challenge 2024: Meet the team

Academic Team:

Tim Lockley (Warwick):

Tim Lockley, Professor of American History and Chairman of the History Department at Warwick University, studies the pre-colonial and post-colonial history of North America and the West Indian Islands. He teaches “Mapping England’s Atlantic Empire” and “Slavery and Slave Life in the American South 1619-1865”. He is the author of Military Medicine and the Making of Race: Life and Death in the West India Regiments 1795-1874 (2020) and Welfare and Charity in the Antebellum South (2009).

Pierre Purseigle (Warwick):

Purseigle’s research and teaching agenda have been driven by a strong commitment to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of warfare and urban catastrophes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work to date has mainly focused on the European and global history of the First World War and on the urban experience of modern warfare. From the local to the transnational, he endeavours to combine different scales of analysis and to engage with a range of disciplinary perspectives. He is the author of Mobilisation, Sacrifice et Citoyenneté. Des communautés locales face à la guerre moderne. Angleterre (2013) and Le Monde Britannique, 1815-1931 (2010).

Jonathan Clarke (Warwick):

Jonathan joined the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) programme in October 2017. Prior to this time, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick, where he contributed to a number of predominantly EU-funded international research projects. He has an interdisciplinary outlook, with particular interests in cities, design, governance, water and future societies. Jonathan is currently the Academic Co-Lead for the Sustainable Cities GRPLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window.

Manuel Perez-Garcia (SJTU):

Tenured Associate Professor at the Department of History, School of Humanities, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He is Principal Investigator of GECEM Project funded by the ERC (European Research Council)-Starting Grant / Horizon 2020, Founder and director of the Global History Network in China (GHN). He is specialized in Digital Humanities, development of databases, Big Data analysis applied to global (economic) history, and comparisons between Qing China and early modern Europe. He worked at Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and British Columbia University, among others. He is editor-in-chief of the Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History Author of the book Vicarious Consumers (Routledge, 2013), Global History with Chinese Characteristics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), Blood, Land and Power (Wales University Press, 2021). He has published many articles in SSCI and AHCI journals.

Flair Donglai SHI (SJTU):

Tenure-Track Associate Professor of Comparative Literature based at the School of Humanities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He holds a PhD in English from Oxford University and works as Associate Tutor in Translation Studies at Warwick University. His research areas include world literature theory, race and postcolonial studies, Sinophone Studies, and China-Africa cultural relations. He has published an edited book, World Literature in Motion, and many articles in international journals and media platforms. He is currently working on his monograph entitled Yellow Peril Revisited while furthering his research on the interracial politics represented in contemporary China-Africa cultural products.

Ayten Alibaba (Warwick - Global Challenge Research Assistant)

Ayten Alibaba is a post-doctoral researcher deeply fascinated by the complex interplays at the intersection of sociolinguistics, migration studies, and intercultural communication. Currently, she is employed as a research assistant contributing to fascinating research on internationalisation of higher education. She also works as an intercultural trainer and associate tutor at the University of Warwick.

Helen Wall (Warwick - Global Challenge Research Assistant)

Helena Wall is a linguistics researcher (PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, 2018-2023), trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She teaches on the Culture, Cognition and Society and First Language Acquisition modules at the Department of Applied Linguistics and is a trainer on the World at Warwick Intercultural Training Programme.