Principal Investigator – Professor Sally R Munt
Sally is Professor of Cultural and Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. She has published 10 books and many articles over the years, and worked on several funded projects. Her particular research specialism is in cultures of otherness; Sally has a special interest in social justice issues around sexuality, class, race/ethnicity and gender. She also has worked more recently on new spiritualities and also recently published (with Olu Jenzen) the Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures (2013). Sally has been involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities locally and nationally for 25 years.
Sally was a member of the Resilient Therapy Community of Practice, University of Brighton 2008-10. In 2009 she designed and delivered a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course on resilience to women refugees, “Journeys of Resilience”, which formed part of the university’s knowledge transfer strategy, as a member of the South Coastal Communities Scheme. SECC is a university partnership with local communities. Sally continues to practice as a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
Co-investigator – Dr Linda Morrice
Linda is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex. Her research interests cover adult, higher education and lifelong learning theory, policy and practice, especially informal and community learning. The main focus of her work has been on refugee and migration studies and issues of social inequality and identity. Linda has a particular interest in participative and peer research and has worked with refugee community researchers on several projects. One of her most recent research projects was an EU funded project: Hidden Histories: Migrants in Brighton and Hove.
She is currently working on an ESRC funded project – Optimising refugee resettlement in the UK: a comparative analysis (with Mike Collyer and Rupert Brown).
Her most recent book, Being a refugee: learning and identity. A longitudinal study of refugees in the UK, was published by Trentham Books in 2011.
Co-investigator – Ms Melanie Friend
Melanie’s expertise is in photography and the migrant and refugee experience. During the 1990s Melanie’s work in Kosovo focused on the repression of Kosovo Albanians under the Milosevic regime, and she later explored the complexities of the aftermath of the Kosovo conflict in her book ‘No Place Like Home: Echoes from Kosovo’ (Midnight Editions, USA, 2001). From 2003-2007 she worked towards an exhibition ‘Border Country’, documenting immigration detainees through sound and image. The solo exhibition opened at Belfast Exposed Photography, Northern Ireland in 2007 and toured to three further UK galleries. It opened at Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada on 14 September 2010. ‘Border Country’ was also selected as one of the ten best works submitted for the European Central Bank Annual Photography Award 2008 ‘Europe’ competition and is part of the award’s touring show in Germany. Melanie’s book ‘Border Country’ (including audio CD) was published in November 2007 and was featured in Guardian Society (online) in 2008.
For more information about her work visit melaniefriend.com
Researcher – Jane Traies
Jane Traies has just completed her PHD at the University of Sussex on British lesbians over 60, compiling the largest ever data set of older lesbians experience and ageing. Jane has conducted many life history interviews and also is trained in life narrative techniques, which she used extensively in her doctoral thesis. Jane has already published her research both as sole author and with others, and given many talks over the past 4 years to academic audiences and the wider public.
Project Co-ordinator – Ms Cathrin Yarnell
Cathrin Yarnell is a doctoral student in art history at the University of Sussex, whose research examines the relationships between the book illustrations and theatre designs of André Masson. She also works part-time as a Factory Project Cataloguer at the V&A. Cathrin is the first point of contact for the project and co-ordinates student recruitment, programme activities and liaison with project partners.