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Student Profiles

Current Research Students

Name Start date PhD/MSc topic Supervisor Degree
Luciana Brondi 2013 PhD - Gender inequalities in care seeking andhospitalisations inchildren from South Asia Harish Nair, Harry Campbell, Anuj Kapilashrami Health Sciences
Beth Jennings 2013

PhD - Women who sell sex in Dhaka in the context of urbanisation and other low income urban work.

Viviene Cree Research in Social Work
Kirsten Campbell 2015 PhD - Social impacts of solar micro-grids on rural communities in Eastern India Jamie Cross, Dan Van Der Horst International Development
Kamya Choudhary 2016

PhD - Contemporary Agriculture and Sustanability: Navigating the Impact of Solar-Powered Irrigation Pumps in Rural India

Jamie Cross, Radhika Govinda

International Development

Amitangshu Acharya  2016 PhD  -  A political ecology of small things? The curious case of RO-based water purifiers in Bhuj, India. Fraser MacDonald, Sam Steddon Human Geography
Loritta Chan 2017 PhD - Education and Social Mobility for Waste Picker Children & Youth in Delhi Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, Roger Jeffery Human Geography
Ian Russell 2017 PhD - The Role of Public Universities in Post-War Processes of Conflict, Pace, and Social Change. Jonathan Spencer, Hazel Gray International Development
Masood Ur Rehman 2018 PhD - Denaturalizing vulnerability to drought in Balochistan, Pakistan. A multi-scala approach to vulnerability analysis. Giovanna Gioli Human Geography
Mohona Tahsin Reza 2018 PhD - Understanding Bengali Nationalism within the Modern Architectural Inception of Bangladesh 1947-1971 Richard Anderson, Alex Bremner Architecture
Anisha George 2018

PhD - Panchayati Raj Institutions and Grassroots Democratisation in Rural West India

Hugo Gorringe Sociology
Janet Perkins 2018 PhD - Human rights-based approaches to maternal health in Bangladesh: Social reconstructions and consequences Jeevan Sharma, Lucy Lowe Social Anthropology

Recent Graduates

Name Start date PhD/MSc topic Supervisor Degree
Mary Hanlon


In the name of Bangladesh? Stakeholder strategies in fashion activist networks post-Rana Plaza

Roger Jeffery and Kanchana Ruwanpura Sociology
D Karthikeyan 2013

PhD - Contentious Spaces and Political Performances: Guru Pujas and the Production of Political Community in Tamil Nadu

Hugo Gorringe and Roger Jeffery South Asian Studies
Matluba Khan 2013 PhD - Environment, Engagement and Education :Investigating the relationship between primary school grounds and children’s learning: A case study from Bangladesh Dr Simon Bell (ECA), Dr Sarah McGeown (Moray House) and Dr Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira (External Supervisor) Landscape Architecture
Lauren Wilks 2013

PhD - Gender, Migration, and Domestic Work in West Bengal

Hugo Gorringe and Julie Brownlie Sociology
Tsveti Bandakova 2012 PhD - Farmer's Rights: Conservation and Sharing Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Case Study of India's Plant Variety Protection and Farmer's Right Act Roger Jeffery, David Castle and Jamie Cross South Asian Studies
Ros Parr 2012 MRes/PhD Beyond Nationalism: Indian Nationalist Women and Internationalism, 1900-1964 Crispin Bates History
Dustie Spencer 2012 MRes/PhD Transitional Communities in South Asia Crispin Bates and Wilfried Swenden South Asian Studies
Nikhil Agarwal 2011 PhD Technology and Social Activism: Cases from India Robin Williams and James Stewart ISSTI
Shruti Chaudhry 2011 PhD - 'Normative' and Cross-regional Marriage in Rural North India Patricia Jeffery and Radhika Govinda Sociology
Michael Heneise 2011 PhD - Dreams, memory, and agency in Eastern Himalayas Jacob Copeman andArkotong Longkumer South Asian Studies
Eva Marie Hoffman


PhD - Computer Science in Afghanistan; A Situational Analysis of University Lecturers Laurence Dritsas and Gari Donn Science and Technology Studies
Heid Jerstad 2011 PhD - Causing the weather: climate and culture in the Indian Himalayas Laura Jeffery and Jamie Cross Social Anthropology

CarineLe Borgne

2011 PhD - Children and young people's participation rights: meaningful, effective and sustainable? Kay Tisdall and Patricia Jeffery Social Policy
Ritumbra Manuvie 2011 PhD - Climate Change induced Displacements in South Asia Wilfried Swenden and Elizabeth Bomberg Political Science and International Relations
Piyush Roy 2011

MRes/PhD - The role and influence of Navarasa Aesthetics in shaping Indian cinema narratives

Crispin Bates and Paul Dundas South Asian Studies
Luke Heslop 2010 PhD - The Making of the Merchant Middle Class: A Study of Business Families in Centre Sri Lanka Jonathan Spencer and Lotte Hoek Social Anthropology
Gajendra Singh 2010 MRes/PhD - Appealing to the 'Beneficent Sarkar': Loyalty, hierarchy and rank and file dissent in the colonial Indian military, 1914-1917 Crispin Bates History
Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi 2010 MRes/PhD - US Foreign policy toward Pakistan during 1947-65: A study of institutional interaction between foreign making bodies Crispin Bates and Markus Dauchsel History
Gaia von Hatzfeldt 2010 PhD - 'Crusaders' for democracy: aspirations and tensions in transparency activism in India Jonathan Spencer and Toby Kelly Social Anthropology
Supurna Banerjee 2009 PhD - Gender, Space and Women Plantation Workers: A Case Study of Dooars tea gardens in India Roger Jeffery and Hugo Gorringe Sociology
Deborah Menezes 2009 PhD - Old People's Homes in Goa George Palattiyil and Roger Jeffery Social Work
Feyza Bhatti 2008 PhD - Fertility Transition in Pakistan Roger Jeffery and John MacInnes Sociology
Catriona Ellis 2008 MRes/PhD - Children and childhood inthe Madras Presidency during the 1920s and 1930s Crispin Bates and Louise Jackson History
Laszlo Lajtai 2008 PhD - Multilingualism and Mental Health in Mauritius Stefan Ecks and Laura Jeffery Sociology
Jackie Larm 2008 PhD - the Making and Breaking of Me and You at Kagyu Samye Ling (Scotland) Jeanne Openshaw Religious Studies
Nughmana Mirza 2008 Women of South Asian origin in Scotland and their experiences of domestic violence. Patricia Jeffery Sociology
Phoebe Rose 2007 PhD - Autistic Children in India Stefan Ecks and Roger Jeffery Social Anthropology
Salla Sariola 2007 PhD - Sex Workers in Chennai, South India Hugo Gorringe Sociology
Suryakant Waghmore 2007 PhD - Dalit politics in Maharashtra Roger Jeffery and Hugo Gorringe Sociology
Radha Adhikari 2006 PhD - Nurse Migration to UK from Nepa Patricia Jeffery Sociology
Maggie Morrison 2006 PhD - Pre-school provision in Scotland in relation to Children from Bangladeshi backgrounds Patricia Jeffery Sociology
Samantha Staddon 2006 PhD -Participatory ecological monitoring: Insights from the social sciences Andrea Nightingale Institute of Geography
Jane Cameron 2004 PhD - Images and Identity: The Role of Material Culture in Ambedkarite Buddhism Jeanne Openshaw Religious Studies
Caroline Lewis 2004 PhD - Establishing India: British women's missionary organisations and outreach to Indian women and girls, 1820-1870 Crispin Bates and Christopher Harding History
Judith Sim 1996 PhD - Childbearing in Jamshedpur Jonathan Spencer and Roger Jeffery Social Anthropology