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National Postdoc Conference 2023 – Workshops

Dr Sarah Higginson
Dr Sarah Higginson is the Research Knowledge Exchange Manager at CREDS (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions), a £20 million investment in how, why and when energy is used, ending in December 2023. In this role, she has co-led the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work of CREDS, supporting a £1 million flexible funding call for Early Career Researchers, helping to set up work on the intersections of racial justice and energy demand research, developing a strategic network of energy investments cooperating on EDI, and so on. During this work, however, she found that colleagues were often confused about EDI and how it related to her work. She therefore developed the EDI cube, a simple toolkit to help researchers developing or evaluating projects, and for use in teaching.

Dr Rachel Bray

I am an anthropologist who loves translating research into action. After a PhD at Durham and a couple of fixed-term lectureships in Edinburgh I followed my heart to South Africa. There I carried out research on how childhoods had changed since the democratic transition and amidst rising rates of HIV, supported by fellowships and teaching roles at the University of Cape Town, and Human Sciences Research Council. 

Returning to the UK I joined Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention as a fixed term research officer. There I developed research on multi-dimensional poverty with the social movement ATD Fourth World, continuing this in ‘long thin’ form to this day alongside two exciting, more senior paid roles. The first was a Careers Adviser for Researchers at Oxford. I now lead the Researcher Hub, a new initiative driving policy change and practical support for postdoc researchers and their academic managers.

Dr Fiona McBride

Dr Fiona McBride (she/her) is a senior research staff developer at the University of Liverpool supporting the successful delivery, impact and rollout of Prosper. Prior to joining the Prosper team Fiona worked as a postdoctoral researcher working at the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces at the University of Liverpool. 

Michael Parker

Michael Parker has been a journalist for around 20 years, as a newspaper news reporter, magazine features writer and freelance travel writer and photographer. Part of the team that launched The Conversation in the UK in 2013, Michael was the first environment editor, then first tech editor, and now manages the organisation’s membership of 90 institutions, helping to ensure universities make the most of membership and that The Conversation’s editors make the best use of member institutions’ research strengths.

Dr Antonia Liguori

Dr Antonia Liguori is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Storytelling. Her academic background is in History and Computer Science. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved in a variety of international research projects to develop tools and methods to foster innovation in education; to explore the role of storytelling in today’s digital world; to investigate and trial ways of using digital storytelling as a participatory methodology for inter-disciplinary research.

She has had the privilege to experience a very diverse and exciting career pathway, both in the heritage sector in Italy and in academia in the UK, and has developed a growing international reputation and a record of excellence in research and innovation within the field of digital storytelling for eco-social justice.

A full list of publication is accessible via this link.

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