UCL Anthropology


AnthroSchools team

The AnthroSchools team is made up of staff and student volunteers from our undergraduate, Master's and PhD programmes.

Dr. Alison Macdonald FHEA (Head of Teaching, UCL Anthropology | Deputy Head of Department, Outreach and WP Tutor) alison.macdonald@ucl.ac.uk

Dr. Macdonald is a social anthropologist interested in the context of educational exclusion and young people in the UK. Research funded by a 2018 Grand Challenges Adolescent Lives Grant focuses on the experiences of young people who have previously been permanently excluded from state school and attended alterative learning provisions. This involved the production of a short collaborative documentary film, People Like Us, which traced the subjective reflections and aspirations of two young men post exclusion. More information about this project can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/adolescent-lives

Gabriella Santini (UCL AnthroSchools Programme Officer, UCL Anthropology) gabriella.santini.21@ucl.ac.uk

Gabriella is currently pursuing her PhD in social anthropology at UCL. She is doing research on human-lion interactions in spaces of conservation in East Africa. Gabriella is eager to be a part of AnthroSchools, as Programme Officer, to share her passion for anthropology with students. She discovered her drive for teaching and WP when delivering workshops on environmental anthropology to high school students in Canada.

Dr. Adam Runacres AfHEA (Access Officer, Consultant for AnthroSchools, UCL Anthropology) adam.runacres.15@ucl.ac.uk

Dr. Runacres is an anthropologist and consultant for the AnthroSchools Programme. A dedicated WP and public engagement specialist, he has delivered talks, run workshops and designed courses with different age groups on a variety of topics, including social anthropology, material culture, social media, tiger conservation and international development.

Delphine Mercier (Collections Curator, UCL Anthropology) d.mercier@ucl.ac.uk

Delphine Mercier is Collections Curator in UCL Ethnography Collection. Before joining UCL, she taught in various schools in Paris at UG and MA levels, and had several experiences in cultural organisations. She first worked on cultural, economic and technical exchanges around the Mediterranean Sea during the Middle Ages, then on cultural heritage and sustainable development with a focus on Madagascar and Haiti. She is currently working on how we engage and interact with objects (PhD research, UCL STS).

Student Volunteers

Nina Dyne (BSc Anthropology, A-Level Psychology Volunteer)

Nina is in her final year of her undergraduate degree in anthropology. One of our earliest volunteers, Nina is a proud part of the AnthroSchools Team. She hopes to create a more inclusive university environment by raising awareness of anthropology at A-level and introducing students to Higher Education. 

Gaia Campanelli (BSc Anthropology, A-Level Biology Lead Volunteer)

Gaia is a third year anthropology undergraduate with a particular interest in Medical Anthropology and Material Culture. Her interests includ the political and social dynamics behind global health solutions and humanitarian aid as well as the role of material processes and infrastructure. 

Emma McLoughlin (MA Material and Visual Culture, PSHE/A-Level Biology Volunteer)

Emma is currently studying for a Master's in Material and Visual Cutlure. Her particular interests lie in the overlap between the sciences and the social sciences, where anthropology fits well. She found anthropology in her final year of her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences and immediately fell in love with the discipline. 

Meryam Benaichouche (BSc Medical Anthropology, A-Level Biology Volunteer)

Meryam is a third-year medical student doing an intercalated BSc in Medical Anthropology. Her areas of interest include clinical ethnographies, global health, and infectious diseases. Her current area of study is COVID-19 global health policies. 

Unzall Haq (BA Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation, A-level Geography Volunteer)

Unzall is a third year student studying for a BA in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation. She has specific interests in Ancient Greek Art, Literature and religion as well as teaching and higher education policy. She is passionate about reforming the education sector to provide high-quality resources for every child's educational needs. 

Alice Riddell (PhD Anthropology, A-level History Volunteer)

Alice is a first year PhD candidate in cultural and digital anthropology. She hopes to pursue her research in New York City neighbourhoods, looking at the intersection between American vigilantism and lateral surveillance through the crime tracking app Citizen. Alice is committed to decolonising education, updating A-level resources and introducing anthropology to students at a younger age. She is also a published writer and poet.

Remi Davis (MA Education, MOOC Coordinator)

Remi is currently studying a masters in Education at UCL's Institute of Education having completed her first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. She is an advocate in the decolonisation movement and is dedicated to promoting social justice and equity in education through anthropological perspectives and methods.