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Honorary Research Fellows

Christina Julios

  • BA (Hons) Politics (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • MSc Public Policy Research (QMUL)
  • PhD Public Policy (QMUL)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Academic Background: Dr Christina Julios is an Honorary Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck. She teaches a variety of undergraduate Social Sciences courses including BSc Community Development and Public Policy as well as Higher Education Introductory Studies (HEIS). Christina is also an Honorary Associate at The Open University, a Tutor at The City Literary Institute (City Lit) and has taught at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). Previously, she was Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF). Christina has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over decade in a variety of public policy, research and campaigning-related posts covering a wide range of social policy, gender equality and diversity issues.
  • Research Interests: Christina’s research interests include:
    • Gender Equality
    • ‘Honour’-based violence (HBV)
    • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    • Violence Against Women (VAW)
    • Gender Activism and Social Media Movements
  • Current Research Project: Book project: Routledge/Taylor Francis (2017-18) on the topic of FGM, Social Media and Online Activism.
  • The research being undertaken for this book explores the phenomenon of FGM through a virtual prism, framing FGM as a harmful cultural practice and a Human Rights violation. The volume is underpinned by a feminist perspective critical of patriarchal cultures advocating FGM, its ‘medicalisation’ and wider online manifestations such as cyber-misogyny. The volume draws from social movement theory and virtual ethnography literature in order to examine current trends in gender activism as well as the challenges inherent in conducting research in cyberspace. Fieldwork for the volume includes twenty interviews with anti-FGM activists and practitioners working to eradicate FGM both in the UK and abroad.
  • Books:
  • Book Chapters:
    • Julios, C. (2002) ‘Towards a European Language Policy’ in M. Farrell, S. Fella and M. Newman (eds.), European Integration in the Twenty First Century: Unity in Diversity. London: Sage, 184-201.
    • Julios, C. (1998) ‘Bilingualism and the New American Identity’ in A.J. Kershen (ed.), A Question of Identity. Aldershot, Ashgate, 271-93.
  • Journal articles:
    • Julios, C. (1998) ‘Bilingualism and the New British Identity’ in Andrew Dobson and Jeffrey Stanyer (eds.), Contemporary Political Studies, vol. 1, 92-107.
  • Lectures:
    • The BSA Violence Against Women Study Group 'What works in tackling violence against women and girls' Day Event, 1 June 2018, University of Derby. Speaker: 'Exploring Online Anti-FGM Activism: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Best Practice'
    • The BSA Violence Against Women Study Group 'Learning About Violence Against Women and Girls' Day Event, 3 June 2016, University of Gloucestershire.
    • Speaker: ‘Interrogating the Prevailing Public Policy Discourse on Arranged Marriage as a Legitimate Cultural Tradition involving Free Consent’.
    • The BSA 'Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting' Annual Conference, 8 April 2016, Aston University, Birmingham. Speaker: ‘A Constructivist Approach to Criminalising Forced Marriage in Britain: Divided Communities, ‘Honour-based Violence and Women's Rights’.
    • UN Women, National Committee UK Event, 11 July 2015, London.
    • Speaker: ‘Ending Violence Against Women – Stopping Honour Killings’
    • http://www.unwomenuk.org/get-involved/events/?calendar_day=2015-07-11
    • http://www.unwomenuk.org/bright-lives-cut-short-%E2%80%93-the-chilling-brutality-of-honour-killings
    • The BSA 'Engaging Sociology' Annual Conference, 3 April 2013, London.
    • Chair (morning session): 'Rights, Violence and Crime'.
    • European Youth Press - Orange on: Migration in London Conference, European Commission Representation in the UK, 14 March 2011, London.
    • Panellist: 'London Culture - Diverse or Divided?' Panel.
  • Media:
    • Radio interview: 'Marriage: By Force', Drivetime Show, Voice of Islam Radio (http://voiceofislam.co.uk) (16:00-17:00 hrs GMT), 8 June 2018. Interview podcast: https://soundcloud.com/voislam/18-06-08-dts-edited?in=voislam/sets/drivetime-show (segment 25:07-33:45 mins).
    • TV interview: ‘Women’s March’, International Journalism MA project with Margherita Cargasacchi, City University (http://www.city.ac.uk), 10 Mar 2017.
    • TV interview: 'The Day I Should Have Died', Episode 9, Peninsula Television (www.peninsulatelevision.com) on CBS Reality (22.00hrs GMT) on Sky Channel 146 and Virgin 148, 25 November 2016.
    • TV interview: 'The Debate: Period Leave', SKY News with Colin Brazier (www.skynews.com), 20 May 2016.
    • Press interview: Perlman, E., 'UK Company to introduce Menstrual Leave 'Period Policy', Newsweek, 3 February 2016.
    • TV interview: 'HMIC's HBV Report', SKY News with Dermot Murnaghan (www.skynews.com), 8 December 2015.
    • TV interview: 'Women's Voice', Press TV (www.presstv.com), 28 January 2008.
    • Radio interview: 'The Paravaric Punjabi Programme', Panjab Radio (Sky Digital 880), 23 April 2006.
    • Radio interview: 'The Punjabi Talkshow', Panjab Radio (Sky Digital 880), 23 February 2006.
  • Awards:
    • True Honour Awards 2017 nominee: Christina was nominated for the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation's (IKWRO) True Honour Awards 2017, which celebrates inspirational individuals and groups who take a stand against 'honour'-based violence. Christina was awarded a Certificate in recognition of her research and educational work on 'honour'-based violence.
  • Professional Membership:
    • British Sociological Association (BSA)
    • BSA Violence Against Women (VAW) Study Group
    • Feminist and Women Studies Association (FWSA)
  • Contact Details:
    • Department of Geography
    • School of Social Science, History and Philosophy
    • Birkbeck, University of London
    • Malet Street
    • London WC1E 7HX
    • Email: c.julios@bbk.ac.uk
    • Twitter: @christinajulios

Jan Etienne

Jo Abbess

  • BSc (Hons) Physics (University of Warwick) 1984
  • MSc (Merit) Climate Change Management (Birkbeck, University of London) 2011
  • Academic Background : Jo Abbess is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck. She is researching the development of Renewable Gas to complement variable Renewable Electricity sources. Her interests range from the engineering of renewable energy systems through to the policy frameworks that can support decarbonisation of the economy. She first studied the science of global warming in the early 1980s, and was convinced of the serious risks of dangerous climate change by reading a research article on increasing Ocean Heat Content. She contributes on an occasional basis to the Energy and Climate Change module taught by Dr Paul Elsner at Birkbeck, and she gave her first online presentation via Twitter in early 2018.
  • Research Interests : Jo's research interests include:
    • Renewable Gas energy systems technologies
    • Oil and gas company transition away from fossil fuels
    • The integration of Renewable Energy into developed economies
  • Current Research Project: "Clean Burn", an Open Access publication, free to download from http://www.joabbess.com
  • Professional Background: Jo has had a 25 year career in Information Technology; she can write software applications using Oracle relational database development tools; perform systems administration on UNIX platforms; she can code websites, and additionally, she is a C programmer. Prior to this, she worked for a couple of years as a Quality Control engineer for a microchip manufacturing facility, and sometimes regrets not emigrating to California, to forge a career in solar power engineering.
  • Engineering: Jo has engineered her home to be as low carbon as possible within her budget constraints, and she has solar panels on her roof. In 2007, she took part in a training course to build a Scoraig wind turbine, from the design by Hugh Piggott.
  • Fora: Jo is an irregular contributor to the Claverton Energy Research Group discussion forum, which is mostly conducted by email. She communicates more regularly with Energy Twitter as @joabbess.
  • Activism: Between 2004 and 2015, Jo contributed to presentations, events management and communications for a number of organisations doing Climate Change outreach work, including The Climate Coalition (Stop Climate Chaos), Climate Camp (Camp for Climate Action), Greenbelt Festival, Christian Aid, Campaign against Climate Change and Green Christian (CEL). Jo gave up flying over 20 years ago and has never owned a car; her diet is mostly vegetarian; she composts and recycles as much as possible; she grows fruit trees and all her savings and energy bills are green, including the gas.
  • Books:
    • Renewable Gas : The Transition to Low Carbon Energy Fuels, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015
  • Book Chapters:
    • A Layperson's Glossary of the Global Politics of Climate Change, by Tim Helweg-Larsen and Jo Abbess, in "Surviving Climate Change : The Struggle to Avert Global Catastrophe", edited by David Cromwell and Mark Levene, published by Pluto Press, 2007
  • Contact details:
    • Mobile: +44 77 17 22 13 96
    • email: j.abbess@bbk.ac.uk
    • Twitter: @joabbess
    • Skype: joabbess
    • Website: http://www.joabbess.com