Poverty, Sociology, Policy, Management, & Law

Bristol Poverty Institute 

  • Role: Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice.

    Department: School for Policy Studies, Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice. 

    Expertise: He has written and edited over two hundred books, papers and reports on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, social justice and social policy. Alongside this, he has undertaken poverty and social justice related research with African colleagues for over 20 years.

    Email: dave.gordon@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/david-gordon

Bristol Law School 

  • Role: Senior Lecturer in Law. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School. 

    Expertise: As a critical scholar of international economic law, Clair has published extensively in the field of law and development. Clair's research interests relate to the relationship between trade and human rights, and the trade:(sustainable) development nexus. She is a scholar of WTO law and writes extensively on regional trade agreements and the EU's external trade policy.

    Her first monograph, North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes: A Critical Assessment of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (Edward Elgar, 2017) has been widely celebrated for its interdisciplinary account of the EU’s trade relationships with its former colonies in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region. Clair has given expert evidence at the European Parliament and UK Parliament on matters relating to trade policy.

    Email: C.Gammage@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @clairgammage     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/clair-a-gammage

    Role: Senior Research Fellow. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School. 

    Expertise: Her research and engagement in Africa is aimed at strengthening the implementation of human rights on the ground. It focuses on providing practical support to the African human rights bodies, national human rights institutions, NGOs, as well as governments, in their efforts to promote and secure the implementation of human rights standards. Her work has a particular focus on the rights of persons deprived of this liberty and the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment. 

    Email: debra.long@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/debra-k-long

    Role: Professor of International Human Rights. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Human Rights Implementation Centre, International Law, Human Rights Law, Socio-Legal Research.

    Expertise: She is involved in a range of projects across the continent and at regional level, currently works with partners in the Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon and South Africa.

    Email: rachel.murray@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rachel-h-murray

    Role: AHRC funded PhD student. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: Her current research focus explores the experiences of girl child soldiers in conflict (focusing on the Sri Lankan and Ugandan wars). Using postcolonial feminism and critical race theory as its theoretical framework, her thesis explores the social and cultural constructions of girlhood in existing gender and war narratives, and how these narratives have influenced, and manifest in, international law. 

    Email: jassi.sandhar@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @jassisandhar     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jassi-sandhar

    Role: Research Associate. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: Trade, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Innovation, IP.

    Email: rb18678@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @yentyl_w    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/yentyl-williams

School of Management 

  • Role: Senior Lecturer in Management. 

    Department: School of Management.  

    Expertise: Her main interest is in the social and organisational practices involved in the use of these healthcare IT systems including, health information systems, mobile health, assistive technologies.

    Her most recent papers on health systems in Kenya include:

    The Critical Role of Identities in the Deinstitutionalization of Dysfunctional Health Information Systems in Kenya: An Affordance Perspective, MIS Quarterly, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp. 1177-1200.

    “Health information systems and accountability in Kenya: a structuration theory perspective”, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Volume 18, Issue 12, pp. 931-958.

    “Rhetorical Strategies for Framing Policy and IS Innovation in Healthcare”, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 81-112.

    Email: roberta.bernardi@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: Robyjaxx 

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/roberta-bernardi

    Role: Lecturer in Management. 

    Department: School of Management, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Interested in collaborating on research on sustainable urban transitions in cities, particularly new organizational forms to scale and sustain hybrid infrastructures (off-grid/on-grid and in the sense of human-digital-environment interaction) in rapidly growing cities

    Email: katharina.burger@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @BurgerKatharina   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/kat-burger

    Role: Professor of Strategy and History. 

    Department: School of Management. 

    Expertise: Her research focuses on the history of business and management in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular (Anglophone) West Africa, as well as business and management research in the area, with a focus on sustainable business models and entrepreneurship.

    Projects:

    Cooling for Life: Exploring sustainable business models for solar powered refrigeration in Rwanda (GCRF funded through Aston University): https://coolingforlife.wordpress.com/ – Business history in sub-Saharan Africa

    Female Entrepreneurship in Uganda – ESRC-funded doctoral studentship @Midlands Graduate School

    Email: stephanie.decker@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @DeckerSteph    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/stephanie-decker

    Role: International Director for Faculty of Social Science and Law, Professor in Marketing. 

    Department: Faculty of Social Science and Law, School of Management. 

    Expertise: Her research focuses on the relationship between the commercial world and young people's wellbeing and draws on psychology, sociology, culture theory and neuroscience with methodologies ranging from experiments to filmed ethnography. 

    Email: agnes.nairn@bristol.ac.uk 

    Twitter: @AgnesNairn     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/agnes-nairn 

School for Policy Studies 

  • Role: PhD student 

    Department: School for Policy Studies, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: She is a South African PhD student in her first year of a dual PhD between the University of Cape Town and UoB. Her research is about the scale-up of health promotion/NCD reduction interventions in South Africa.

    Email: nina.abrahams@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/nina-t-abrahams

    Role: Lecturer in Physical Activity in Adults. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She is a Physical Activity Epidemiologist and Lecturer in Physical Activity in Adults. Her research focuses on the associations between physical activity and various health outcomes such as vascular diseases and fractures in adults. She also has external collaborations with researchers based in Africa in which she researches childhood physical fitness, physical activity and nutritional status.

    Email: miranda.armstrong@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/miranda-e-g-armstrong

    Role: Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She has a particular interest the social determinants of health and wellbeing among migrants and racialised groups in the UK, most recently focusing on the need for tailored COVID-19 test track and trace policies and practices, that will appropriately meet the needs of these populations. In the past, she led the community development process resulting in key HIV policy and planning frameworks, and a national HIV prevention needs assessment among people of Black African ethnicity living in England. Throughout her career she has been involved in international HIV policy and evaluation projects, together with organisations based in African nations, as well as organisations representing the global pan-African diaspora.

    Email: catherine.dodds@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @dr_c_dodds     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/catherine-a-dodds

    Role: Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice.

    Department: School for Policy Studies, Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice. 

    Expertise: He has written and edited over two hundred books, papers and reports on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, social justice and social policy. Alongside this, he has undertaken poverty and social justice related research with African colleagues for over 20 years.

    Email: dave.gordon@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/david-gordon

    Role: Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: His research and publications focus on drugs and crime and their role in debates about trade, security, the state and health in Africa, especially in Nigeria. He works on three related research areas:

    (1) Pharmaceuticals and their Regulation. He have recently completed a British Academy-funded project on the politics of ‘fake prescription drugs’ in Nigeria.

    (2) Cannabis Africana. With colleagues in Bristol and Cape Town, he is working towards a history of cannabis, development and related policy in Africa, funded by the ESRC.

    (3) Politics of Organised Crime in West Africa. With colleagues in Ottawa and Ibadan, he is working on an ESRC project on Hidden Narratives of Organised Crime in West Africa, exploring the criminalisation of the trade in drugs and migration in Nigeria and Niger. https://tnocwestafrica.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/

    Email: gernot.klantschnig@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @gklantschnig     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/gernot-klantschnig

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Global Childhoods and Welfare. 

    Department: School of Policy Studies.

    Expertise: Her research focuses on constructions of childhood and children's rights primarily in Ghana and occasionally in Nigeria. Over the years she have worked on projects linked to children's perceptions of physical punishment, children's participation, gender identity acquisition by children and the implications for GBV and the impact of British colonial rule on constructions of childhood in the Gold Coast (Ghana). Alongside this, she has established contacts with academics at the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).

    Email: afua.twum-danso@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @AfuaImoh     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/afua-o-twum-danso-imoh 

    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She shares strong research interests with PARC. Currently, in collaboration with many project partners in Africa, and her research focuses on the enhancement of child wellbeing and development in all 54 African countries. 

    Currently, she is the PI of an ESRC-UKRI funded research project focusing on the understanding and enhancement of child nutrition, healthcare and education in all African countries. This project is in close collaboration with African Child Policy Forum.

    Email: mary.zhang@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/mary-zhang

 

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

  • Role: Lecturer in Politics/International Development. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. 

    Expertise: Her recent research has focused on Kenya and used a gender lens to explore the political economy of Kenya and the limits of women’s agency within it. She is interested in the political economy of everyday life, gender, sexualities, informality and African politics. Her research has explored how neo-liberalism influenced practices and discourses affect social, economic and gender structures; and how women in disadvantaged positions within these systems attempt to manoeuvre them for their own survival and advancement. So far she has worked mainly with African sex worker groups, but her interest lies in broader gender issues on the continent.

    Email: e.cesnulyte@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @EgleCesnulyte     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/egle-cesnulyte

    Role: Lecturer in Sociology. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: He is current researching the Black Consciousness Movement in apartheid South Africa.

    Email: marcus.morgan@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @_Marcus_Morgan     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/marcus-morgan

    Role: MSc student Gender and International Relations. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: She is currently an African postgraduate student studying at University of Bristol. Her background and undergraduate studies are in Development Studies from the University of Zambia, Zambia.

    As an African and soon to be alumni of the University of Bristol, she is keen to help set up engagements and networks of research in Africa, and particularly in Zambia. 

    Email: muyatwamushoka@yahoo.com

    Twitter: @miss_muyatwa     

    PURE: - 

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Sociology. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: His research interests include childhood, youth and child rights, migration, mining, sex work, forced labour, precarious labour, trafficking, and other phenomena sometimes referred to as ‘modern slavery’ – mainly but not exclusively within African contexts. In his ongoing projects and previous research, he critically interrogate themes on these issues are shaped by power, class, ethnicity, (un)freedom, inequality, the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, colonisation, and globalisation from sociological and anthropological viewpoints.

    He is Co-I on the European Research Council funded project, Modern Marronage: The Pursuit and Practice of Freedom in the Contemporary World and lead of the project's Ghana arm. This ongoing project thus draws on historical records, archival information and literature on post emancipation and post-colonisation, contemporary abolitionist literature, modalities and NGOs as well as field research with individuals, families and communities in Ghana who are subjects of contemporary abolitionist campaigns, rescue missions and other practices

    Email: sam.okyere@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/samuel-okyere