Student Representatives

Meet your NWSSDTP Student Representatives

Jingwen Zhang, Social Statistics, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)

I am a third-year PhD student in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. Having a background in demography and social medicine, I am mainly interested in health, ageing and life course theory with a focus on quantitative methods. My PhD project is on the association between internal migration across the life course and health in later life in China. Please feel free to contact me!


Adele Moore, Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Liverpool (2020 Cohort)

My research seeks to explore the constitution of women’s contemporary contraceptive knowledges and their practices of contraceptive experimentation. It will review and interrogate the procedures and practices through which the contraceptive knowledges of young women in England are constituted. Additionally, I will be investigating the ways in which contraception is accessed and practised during the pandemic of COVID-19.


Charlotte Evans, Economic & Social History, Lancaster University (2020 Cohort)

Hi! I am currently studying my masters in Digital Humanities at Lancaster University on a 1+3 studentship (economic and social history pathway). My project is concerned with digital mapping and water history in the Kaveri river basin, South India. I’m particularly interested in rivers and the crossover between their human and physical geographies. I’m also a musician and enjoy song writing and attending open-mics in my spare time! Feel free to contact me.


Hannah Smith, Economic & Social History, Keele University (2021 Cohort)

‘Hi, I am currently studying a History MRes at Keele University on a 1+3 year studentship. My MRes research is exploring the relationship between the memory of the slave trade and the social legacies that remain for people of colour within Liverpool. Memory and the relationship it has to the present is of particular interest to me and something I am looking to continue for my PhD, which will be focusing on the links Staffordshire has to slavery and imperialism.


Leah Molyneux, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, University of Liverpool (2020 Cohort)

I am a third year PhD student at the University of Liverpool. My research interests are in sociology and criminology. My research project consists of observational fieldwork with policing teams with the aim to generate original insights into frontline policing. New insights gained from observation-based analysis will create a better understanding of how sergeants influence officers’ decision making. 


Rachel Astin, Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World, University of Manchester (2022 Cohort)

Hi! I’m currently in my first year of my CASE 1+3 studentship at Manchester, studying MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics before progressing to my PhD within the Humanitarianism and Conflict Response Institute. My research interests are the human geographies of conflict and disaster, political extremism, and how gender and identity shape the nature and impacts of violence. I’m particularly interested in using GIS and spatial analyses to visualise and analyse the distribution of conflict incidents, and my CASE studentship will involve working with my partner organisation’s data to quantitatively analyse violence against aid and healthcare workers worldwide.

Lettie Wareing, Psychology, Lancaster University (2022 Cohort)

Hi everyone, I am in the Masters year of my 1+3 studentship at Lancaster University (Psychology Pathway). My research aims to look at new ways of conceptualising Anorexia Nervosa, specifically the role that interoceptive deficits play in its development and maintenance. I am also hoping to explore new therapeutic avenues based upon my findings. If you have any issues you would like to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I am super friendly and want to make sure everyone can get the most out of this amazing opportunity.

Lois Wignall, Economic and Social History, University of Liverpool (2022 Cohort)

Hi! I hold a 1+3 postgraduate studentship and my interests primarily concern economic, social, and cultural histories of eighteenth-century Europe. My research encompasses industrialisation and cultural networks of knowledge dissemination, with a particular focus on the borrowing habits of Liverpool Athenaeum members and cultural trends (pertaining to emerging industrial technology and mentality) exposed by such behaviour. My research additionally probes the social impacts of such knowledge formation, specifically regarding the working-class experience. I am also a member of the project team for the AHRC-funded project Eighteenth-Century Libraries Online:


Testimonials from Former Representatives

Matt Hanley, Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World, (2019 Cohort)

I volunteered to become an NWSSDTP rep in Autumn 2019 to meet, network and help other PGR students, not just outside of my department at Lancaster but also outside of my university. Despite COVID landing just a few months later, the reps team managed to meet monthly online and have staged several online and in-person events for PGRs across the north west. I met some wonderful people through being a rep, organised some great events, and although our operational ability was badly affected by COVID I hope that we managed to help PGRs escape their study silos and engage with the greater NWSSDTP family, to all our benefit. I would absolutely recommend being a rep to everyone, at whatever stage of your studies you are at.

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