Research activity – publications, posters & conferences – End October 2015


Amber Abrams, PhD in Anthropology
Macdonald H, Abney K, Abrams A, Truyts C. (2015), Challenges in Exploratory Methods for Tuberculosis Research in South Africa. Qual Health Res. 2015 Oct 5. pii: 1049732315606065

Carin Tunaker, PhD in Anthropology
C.Tunaker (2015) ‘No Place Like Home: Locating Homeless LGBT Youth’ Home Cultures (Special Issue: Alternative Domesticities: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Home and Sexuality) 12(2)

Anthropology Matters – Special Issue
Volume 16, No.1, of Anthropology Matters is now available and draws together pieces that were presented at the 2nd RAI Postgraduate Conference, held on 13 September 2012 at the University of Kent. This special issue is edited by SAC postgraduates/alumni Brian Campbell, Maria Paz-Peirano, Carin Tunaker, and Caroline Bennett.


Dr Tracy Kivell has provided expert commentary this week on a BBC News Science & Environment. Tracy is a leading authority on the evolution of human hand and wrist bones (and recently involved in research papers resulting in the discovery of Homo naledi). Read the full story and Tracy’s expert comment on the BBC News website.

Other research activity


Meeting up in Cyprus: from left to right: Professor Glenn Bowman, Avi Heinemann (PhD Anthropology), Gabrielle Fenton (BA Social Anthropology alumna) and Inanç Tekguç (MA Visual Anthropology alumnus)

Report from Avi Heinemann
Four SACians crossed paths at a conference called “The Everyday Lives of Sovereignty: Contests and Conflicts in a Transnational Era”. It was held in the buffer zone between the northern and southern territories of Cyprus. It was heart-warming, though slightly disconcerting, to meet each other out of the UK or University space, in ‘no-mans-land’ on a sunny island in the Mediterranean! Having said that, the conference helped put this seemingly odd space into context. One where sovereignty, in the national sense at least, is inherently fractured and conflict-ridden, though the conference sought to tease out the ways in which people lived through and around these tensions. The question that struck me was whether we, the public, need to ditch our popular models for understanding places as bounded nations or whether we need to ditch their practice as implicitly fractious systems?

Carin Tunaker presented her research at the Homeless Link Research Group in London, in a presentation about the benefits of using ethnographic methods in homelessness research.

Lydia Tiller interview, PhD Biodiversity Management
An article was recently published on Mongabay WildTech reflecting on the research being conducted by SAC/DICE PhD student Lydia Tiller. Journalist Nadia de Souza grapples with the complexities of Lydia’s research and identifies how extraordinarily hard Lydia has had to work to conduct a study of such scale and magnitude.

Lydia studies the complex human-elephant conflict problem resulting from agricultural expansion and forest loss in a region of southern Kenya.




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