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Projects and placements

The Centre for Applied Global Citizenship provides a wide range of challenging projects and placements through our courses in Applied Studies and Medical Anthropology.

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Student: Alice Gore

Placement Organization: DSTL, Ministry of Defence
Placement Project:  Narratives effecting Change – I am looking at how the use of narratives can bring about change, challenging established ideologies and making people think in alternative ways. My focus will be on theatre as a narrative form and as a potentially effective way of influencing individuals.

Student: Nicole A Haegeman
Placement Organization: Marie Stopes International
Placement Project: A small research project about the application of knowledge management in development NGOs. At the moment i'm going around interviewing/talking to knowledge managers in NGOs around London.
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Photo of Anna Mousouli Anna Mousouli holds a BA in Social Policy and Social Anthropology from Panteion University, Athens. In 2004, she obtained an M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology from University College London. Her dissertation, which is entitled "Albanian Immigrants in Athens: Power Relations and Health (AIIS, Tirana 2005)", focuses on how the social position of Albanian immigrants and power relations affect their status in the Greek health care system, their perception of health and the relationship between the Greek doctor and Albanian immigrant patient. These issues are illustrated with reference to ethnographic data, gathered during fieldwork research in Athens. Anna has a continued interest in migration and refugee studies. She currently participates in “Kaisariani” oral history research project at Panteion University. This project aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the way in which significant historical events, such as the establishment of Greek refugees from Asia Minor in 1922, the German occupation of Greece and the Greek civil War, are narrated and experienced locally.
Student: Alexandra Bagge
Placement Organization:
DSTL, Ministry of Defence
Placement Project:
Engaging with Indigenous Groups Project - I am writing a report that will look at the practical strategies that missionary organisations use to engage with people/groups. In particular, it will examine the practices, approaches and principles used on the Alpha course in order to gain an understanding of how missionaries engage, interact, communicate and convert people from different cultures. Furthermore, the report will also relate Alpha to the wider practices of the 'charismatic' movement and missionary approaches to engagement.
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Photo of Jamie Wood Student: Ruari-Santiago McBride,
I received a 1st at Queen's University Belfast BA Joint Honours Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology and just completed Msc Medical Anthropology at UCL. I conducted 2 months qualitative research in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in May to July 2008 which formed the backbone of my masters dissertation, 'Policy and Process: The Management of a Therapeutic 'Tradition' in South Africa', which was interview focused with health professionals (biomedical and traditional), governmental agents and academics. I have a continued interest in medically orientated social research, especially the empowerment of traditional/indigenous healers.
Sabrina Dawood graduated from University College London, with an MSc in Medical Anthropology and qualified with a BA in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics.  She currently manages an O-Level school for 1500 girls in Karachi, Pakistan. In June-July 2007, she carried out field research in the earthquake-stricken Azad Kashmir in Pakistan; focusing on women’s narratives of health and illness in the aftermath of the earthquake and NGO influx in the region. The research further expounds the meaning and imagery that the disaster acquired in the minds of its survivors and how they utilised it as a means of social introspection. Photo of Sabrina
Photo of Justin Knox Student: Justin Knox
After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer doing HIV prevention work in Swaziland, Justin earned his MSc in Medical Anthropology at University College London.  Justin’s dissertation project explored the potential for developing a locally-adapted HIV prevention model for Swaziland by collaborating with traditional healers on interseces between traditional healing practices and biomedical understandings of disease.  After graduating from UCL, Justin worked in the HIV service industry in New York City.  Currently, Justin conducts research on ways to improve vaccination coverage rates in New York City for the New York City Department of Health.  Justin is also currently earning a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University.

Mahnaz Hashmi

"I currently work as a Consultant Psychiatrist.

I qualified in Medicine from Cardiff University in 1996 and then worked as a doctor in various specialties, before training in Psychiatry in London at University College London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. Working with mentally ill patients in a multicultural environment, training in systemic family therapy, as well as time spent with a Tibetan healer in Nepal further developed my interest in different social and cultural constructions of the body, sickness and health - not least those of the Western biomedical model I was working within.

I completed the MSc in Medical Anthropology in 2008, studying part- time over two years. It gave me the opportunity to explore this interest within a challenging and academically rigorous framework. The diversity of the MSc syllabus gave me the opportunity to study areas outside the core components of medical anthropology, and my final dissertation was entitled 'Negotiating Space Between Twin Terrors: Identity, Paranoia an British Muslim Men'. This was an ethnographic study of the experiences of young British Muslim men in Birmingham, in the context of 9/11, the July 7th London bombings and the state response to terror, looking particularly at themes of mutual paranoia and the context of recent British counter-terror legislation"

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Gaelle Taverniere Student: Gaelle Tavernier
Gaelle Tavernier worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and studied sexual health behaviour in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to develop adequate HIV/AIDS prevention strategies. She also carried out research in a slum in the capital of Guatemala for the benefit of a therapeutic centre for chid victims of intra-familial violence. In the summer of 2008 she worked in Darfur, Sudan where she assessed underlying causes of malnutrition. She graduated from UCL with an MSc in Medical Anthropology in 2006 and then worked for Marie Stopes International (MSI) on the implementation of reproductive health services in conflict settings. She is currently working as a qualitative researcher for Youthnet in London on a project examining self-harm among young adults in the UK.

Student: Hannah Burnett
Placement Organization: Médecins du Monde - UK
Placement Project: I am researching job recruitment websites to find which would be most advantageous for Médecins du Monde to advertise their positions on. In doing this I am becoming more familiar with the set up of the organization and the types of specialized jobs they are looking for expatriates to do.

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