News – April 2015

Featured photograph courtesy of Caroline Bennett: Displayed remains of those killed during the Khmer Rouge

April is a quieter month around the School as most of our students are away for the Spring Vacation and academic staff are either taking a well earned break, in the field, or catching up after a very busy Spring term.  However, we still have some good news to share with you.

New Honorary Members

The School is delighted to announce that it has appointed 2 new honorary members.  Honorary staff are nominated by a member of the School staff, the applications are discussed and recommendations made through the Research Committee and then the Head of School makes the final decision.  Honorary Staff are wonderful assets to the School as they provide rich and varied experiences from across academia, business and industry.

Our new members are:

rmb_photoDr Rachel Bristol – Honorary Research Associate

Rachel graduated with a PhD in Biodiversity Management in July 2014. Rachel works as Darwin Project Officer for our Darwin Initiative project in the Seychelles.  Within this role Rachel will be providing in-situ supervisory support for MSc students who conduct their research projects in the Seychelles. Rachel will also be returning to SAC a couple of times each year to present seminars.


Michael-Costello_photoDr Michael Costello – Honorary Research Associate

Michael passed his viva for his PhD in Anthropology on the 27th December 2014 with his thesis, ‘Law as adjunct to custom? Abkhaz custom and law in today’s state-building and ‘modernisation’ – (studied through dispute resolution)’. Michael is an expert on the Caucasus and therefore hopes to work on developing this research area within the School whilst also forging links with Law and the University of Malta. In addition Michael will be involved with seminar teaching, workshops and developing research projects with colleagues with a focus on Russia and Abkhazia.

bennettCaroline Bennett at Euroscicon Forensic Forums

On 10th March Caroline spoke at the 2015 Euroscicon Forensic Forums, giving her paper: ‘Lives worth knowing: political aspects of mass grave location and investigation.’  A meeting report including summary of the talks will soon be available as an e-book from:

SwinglandProfessor Ian Swingland – Judge for Timeline 200 competition

DICE founder Professor Ian Swingland (OBE) has been announced as a judge for the Nature category for the Timeline 200 competition. The competition, aimed at secondary school pupils, encourages them to record their ‘Defining Moments’ – events or moments which they feel have shaped our history and our future.


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