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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 '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:
    • 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

Miguel Mendonca

  • Honorary Research Fellow
  • Academic background: Miguel studied a variety of subjects including forestry, horticulture and journalism, before completing a degree in Geography and History at University College Cork. He took postgraduate courses through the Open University in philosophy of science and environmental ethics. His work is mainly informed by interdisciplinary geographical approaches. He works across a variety of disciplines including ecology, economy, philosophy, psychology, sociology and geography. A holistic, trans-ideological approach is pursued.
  • Publications: Miguel has authored or co-authored three books on renewable energy and sustainability: Feed-in Tariffs (Earthscan, 2007), A Renewable World (Green Books, 2009) and Powering the Green Economy (Earthscan, 2010). He has contributed chapters to several more, published many articles and a number of studies on renewable energy and participation.
  • Research interests: 'Participation as the key to sustainability' is Miguel's central thesis, drawn from and explored from different angles, in his works. He investigates renewable energy and sustainability policies and practices within the overall context of the questions: what must we do in order to avert catastrophic climate change? What would a sustainable economy look like? What is the nature of the relationship between citizens, power, politics and the environment?
  • Contact details:
  • Tel: +44 (0)117 377 4315
  • Mobile: +44 (0)7962 681735
  • Email: m.mendonca@bbk.ac.uk