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SPS Welcomes Leverhulme Early Career Fellows

Four Post Doctoral Fellows to join the School.

We are delighted to welcome Lizelle Bisschoff to African Studies, Jamie Cross to Social Anthropology, Daniele Fanelli to The Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) and Colin Fleming to Politics and International Relations.

Lizelle Bisschoff recently completed her PhD at Stirling University. Her thesis was on women in African cinema and she will be continuing her research in this field by conducting an in-depth study on cinema in East Africa, from a historical as well as contemporary perspective.

Jamie Cross is a social anthropologist whose academic and applied research explores the cultural politics of global production networks and market-based development interventions. His research at Edinburgh will make and important and original social scientific contribution to debates about technology, economy and pro-poor enterprise in emerging markets.

Daniele Fanelli trained as a behavioural ecologist at the universities of Florence, in Italy, and Copenhagen, in Denmark. Daniele’s research focuses on bias and misconduct in science, and in scientific communication. This research will review and unify theories and models predicting how scientific objectivity and integrity might be influenced by methodological and socio-economic factors.

Colin Fleming's principal research interests lie in the field of international relations, particularly the role and impact of war in the modern world. Colin plans to address questions of scholarly interest regarding our understanding of victory and defeat through examining the use of the media as a key strategic enabler in the contemporary era.

The Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust awards five Philip Leverhulme Prizes annually in each of the five disciplines selected for awards in that year. This year there were 650 applications from across the sector for 76 Fellowships.

More information about the Leverhulme Trust can be found on their website:

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Social Anthropology:

The Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI)

Politics & International Relations

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