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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

Harry Langford

  • BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology 1981
  • PhD Sedimentology, Palaeogeography and Stratigraphy 1999
  • Academic Background: Harry Langford studied as a mature student at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education for his first degree awarded by Lancaster University. In 1990 he embarked on a PhD study by personal research at the Anglia Polytechnic (now Ruskin) University in Cambridge. His PhD thesis was entitled Sedimentological, Palaeogeographical and Stratigraphical Aspects of the Middle Pleistocene Geology of the Peterborough Area. Since 1999 Harry has continued his academic interests as a hobby and has published several scholarly articles, mostly multidisciplinary studies of late Middle to Late Pleistocene deposits in the Peterborough area. In 2003, along with Becky Briant, he organized a Quaternary Research Association field trip on Quaternary deposits of the River Nene.
  • Research Interests: Harry is interested in fluvial and glacial sedimentology, British Pleistocene history and stratigraphy, Pleistocene history of the Peterborough area, application of age-estimate and geophysical techniques to the study of Pleistocene deposits. Primarily these interests are applied to the Pleistocene deposits of the Peterborough area, but he has studied glacial deposits of the North Norfolk coast and of County Clare, Ireland. He currently leads a multidisciplinary project aimed at producing a long terrestrial fluvial record of the past 200,000 years based on Quaternary deposits at Whittlesey, near Peterborough.
  • Funding Support: Over the past 25 years of research funding support, mostly for the provision of age-estimate data, has been provided by:
    • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
    • Member of the Geologists’ Association
    • Member of the International Association of Sedimentologists
    • Member of the Quaternary Research Association
  • Professional Memberships:
    • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
    • Member of the Geologists' Association
    • Member of the International Association of Sedimentologists
    • Member of the Quaternary Research Association
  • Publications:
    • Langford HE, 1992. Mammalian fossils recovered from Sutton Cross, near Peterborough, eastern England: a preliminary report of River Nene Second Terrace deposits. Quaternary Newsletter 66: 14-17.
    • Chancellor G, Langford H. 1992. Two Coelodonta antiquitatis skulls found in situ: a preliminary report on River Nene First Terrace deposits, Peterborough. Quaternary Newsletter 66: 18–21.
    • Langford HE. 1997. Discovery of straight-tusked elephant bones near Peterborough. Quaternary Newsletter 81: 25.
    • Langford HE, Boreham S. 1998. Buried channel deposits at March, Cambridgeshire, eastern England. Quaternary Newsletter 86: 8–16.
    • Keen DH, Bateman MD, Coope GR, Field MH, Langford H, Merry JS, Mighall TM. 1999. Sedimentology, palaeoecology and geochronology of Last Interglacial deposits from Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, UK. Journal of Quaternary Science 14: 411–436.
    • Langford H (compiler). 1999. Cool Peterborough: Peterborough in the Ice Ages. Langford editorial Services, Peterborough.
    • Langford HE. 1999. Sedimentological, palaeogeographical and stratigraphical aspects of the Middle Pleistocene geology of the Peterborough area, eastern England. Unpublished PhD thesis, Anglia Polytechnic University: Cambridge.
    • Langford HE. 2002. Time for a more open-minded approach to the study of British Middle Pleistocene deposits? Quaternary Newsletter 96: 12–27.
    • Langford HE. 2002. Middle to Late Pleistocene deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Quaternary Newsletter 97: 46–49.
    • Langford HE. 2004. Middle Pleistocene deposits at Stanground (Peterborough) and March, eastern England: a discussion based on new evidence. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 115: 91–95.
    • Langford HE. 2004. Evidence for ?Anglian glaciation in the Peterborough area. In: Langford, HE, Briant RM (eds). Nene Valley, Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, Cambridge; 14–21.
    • Langford HE. 2004. Northam Pit SSSI, Eye green, near Peterborough. In: Langford, HE, Briant RM (eds). Nene Valley, Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, Cambridge; 145–148.
    • Langford HE. 2004. Post-Anglian drainage reorganisation affecting the Nene and the Welland. In: Langford, HE, Briant RM (eds). Nene Valley, Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, Cambridge, 36–43.
    • Langford HE. 2004. Elton. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 155–161.
    • Langford HE. 2016. Willow Hall Farm. Report of GeoPeterborough Meeting on 20 March 2015. Mercian Geologist 19: 64–66.
    • Langford HE, Briant RM. 2004. Post-Anglian deposits in the Peterborough area and the Pleistocene history of the Fen Basin. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 22–35.
    • Langford HE, Bateman MD, Boreham S, et al. 2004. Funtham’s Lane East. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 69–106.
    • Langford HE, Keen DH, Griffiths HI. 2004. Sutton Cross. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 174–194.
    • Langford HE, Bateman MD, Boreham S, Knudsen K-L, Merry J, Penney D. 2004. King's Dyke. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 174–194.
    • Langford HE, Boreham S, Merry J, Rolfe C, Schreve DC. 2004. Channels C and D at Bradley Fen. In Nene Valley, Langford HE, Briant RM (eds). Field Guide, Quaternary Research Association: Cambridge; 107–115.
    • Langford HE. 2005. Age estimates determined by amino acid racemisation analyses on shells from Middle to Late Pleistocene deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Quaternary Newsletter 105: 52–54.
    • Boreham S, Langford H. 2006. The Milton Formation and late Cenozoic drainage development of the English Midlands: a comment on Belshaw, Hackney and and Smith (2005). Quaternary Newsletter 108: 14–23
    • Langford HE, Boreham S. 2006. Pleistocene drainage development of the English Midlands: a comment on Belshaw, Smith and Hackney (2005, 2006). Quaternary Newsletter 111: 36–41.
    • Langford HE, Bateman MD, Penkman KEH, Boreham S, Briant RM, Coope GR, Keen DH. 2007. Age-estimate evidence for Middle–Late Pleistocene aggradation of River Nene 1st Terrace deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 118: 283–300.
    • Langford HE. 2011. New sediment magnetic data from Anglian (Middle Pleistocene) glacial deposits in the Peterborough area, eastern England: a comparison with data from Norfolk and Suffolk. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Norfolk 61: 3–22.
    • Langford HE. 2012. A comment on the MIS 8 glaciation of the Peterborough area. Quaternary Newsletter 127: 6–20.
    • Langford HE. 2012. Reply to Westaway et al. ‘Discussion of “A Comment on the MIS 8 Glaciation of the Peterborough Area, Eastern England” by Harry E. Langford’. Quaternary Newsletter 128: 24–30.
    • Langford HE, Boreham S, Coope GR, Fletcher W, Horne DJ, Keen DH, Mighall T, Penkman KEH, Schreve DC, Whittaker JE. 2014. Palaeoecology of a late MIS 7 interglacial deposit from eastern England. Quaternary International 341: 27–45.
    • Langford HE, Boreham S, Briant RM, Coope GR, Horne DJ, Schreve DC, Whittaker JE, Whitehouse NJ. 2014. Middle to Late Pleistocene palaeoecological reconstructions and palaeotemperature estimates for cold/cool stage deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England. Quaternary International 341: 6–26.
    • Langford HE, Boreham S, Briant RM, Coope GR, Horne DJ, Schreve DC, Whittaker JE, Whitehouse NJ. 2017. Palaeoecology of Last Interglacial deposits at Whittlesey, eastern England: evidence for the early onset of the Ipswichian thermal optimum. Journal of the Geological Society, 174(6): 988.
    • Briant RM, Brock F, Demarchi B, Langford HE, Penkman KEH, Schreve DC, Schwenninger JL, Taylor, S. 2018. Improving chronological control for environmental sequences from the last glacial period. Quaternary Geochronology 43: 40–49.
    • Langford HE. 2018. Drainage network reorganization affecting the Nene and Welland catchments of eastern England as a result of a late Middle Pleistocene glacial advance. The Depositional Record. https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.44
  • Conference presentations etc:
    • Langford HE. 2007. Sedimentary characteristics of a Middle Pleistocene subaqueous slide deposit on the western margin of the Fen basin, eastern England. Oral presentation, British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting, December, Birmingham.
    • Langford HE. 2008. Evidence for subaqeous slide deposition of Middle Pleistocene chalk-rich diamicton and associated substrate deformation at the western margin of the Fen Basin, eastern England. Poster presentation, Quaternary of the British Isles and Adjoining Seas, QRA Annual Discussion Meeting, 8–10 January, London. Held jointly with the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geomorphology).
    • Langford HE, Bateman MD, Boreham S, Briant RM, Coope GR, Fletcher W, Keen DH, Merry JS, Mighall T, Penkman KEH, Schreve DC, Whittaker JE. 2008. Late Middle Pleistocene to Late Pleistocene palaeoenvironments at Whittlesey, eastern England. Poster presentation, Quaternary of the British Isles and Adjoining Seas, QRA Annual Discussion Meeting, 8–10 January, London. Held jointly with the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geomorphology).
    • Langford HE. 2008. Sediment deformation associated with the emplacement of a subaqueous slide (Middle Pleistocene, Peterborough, eastern England). Oral presentation, British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting, 14–17 December, Liverpool.
    • Langford HE. 2009. Sediment deformation processes in a glacially fed lacustrine setting. Deltaic sedimentation in a glacially fed lacustrine setting. Subaqueous slide deposition in a glacially fed lacustrine setting in the East Anglian fens: implications for the reconstruction of Anglian/Elsterian ice limits. What is terrace stratigraphy? A consideration based on Pleistocene deposits of the River Nene catchment, eastern England. Four separate oral presentations, Sedimentary Environments of Mediterranean Island(s), 27th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, 20–23 September, Alghero, Italy.
    • Langford HE. 2009. Seeing is believing – or is it? A comment on the glacial deposits of western County Clare, Ireland. Oral presentation, British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting, December, Bangor.
    • Langford HE. 2010. Glacial-lake deltas or tunnel-valley deltas? Middle Pleistocene glacial deposits of the Peterborough Area, Eastern England. Oral presentation, British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting, 19–21 December, Southampton.
    • Langford HE. 2011. Middle–Late Pleistocene palaeohydrology: a view from the western margin of the East Anglian Fens. Oral presentation, QRA Annual Discussion Meeting, January, Liverpool.