The last cohort of Postdoctoral Research Fellows were appointed for two years; from October 2013 until late 2015.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their careers, but who already show potential to develop a record of research activity and publications. During the tenure of each two-year post, fellows write articles for publication, attend and present at conferences, develop internal and external research networks and be involved in the research culture of the IAS and their nominating department.
Warwick Medical School
Dr Gostner has recently taken up a permanent position as an Image Analyst for medical devices at Dentech, Italy. Dr Gostner’s fellowship involves working on a dimer-scale model of microtubule dynamic instability. She is aiming to incorporate new experimental data from Straube Lab into the mathematical model, and to integrate the model with an intuitive user interface so that biomedical researchers without programming skills can explore and experiment with cutting edge research results on microtubule.
During her fellowship, Dr Gostner has organised the one-day symposium “Microtubules: Experimental & Theoretical Perspectives” in May 2014, with Global Research Fellow, John Meadows.
Department of Politics and International Studies
Dr Heath-Kelly has enjoyed great success, having recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. Dr Heath-Kelly is working on a British Academy funded project entitled “Securing through the Failure to Secure: Reclaiming the Sites of Terrorist Attack”. The research explores the rebuilding and memorialisation of post-terrorist sites including the New York “Freedom Tower”, the ex-Sari Club in Bali, and Utoya Island in Norway. During her fellowship, Charlotte also organised the symposium “Post-Disaster, Post-Conflict, Post-Crisis?” on event-response in politics.
She has published Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name (Routledge, 2013, shortlisted for the BISA Susan Strange book prize) and is working on a further monograph, Death and Security, during her fellowship.
Dr Peters secured a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in September 2014. Dr Peters’s project, entitled Angola in the African Atlantic, traces key moments in the transnational circuit and exchange of people and ideas related to the race question, beginning with the earliest efforts to organise an anticolonial movement in Angola during the 1920s and continuing up until the project of nation-building which followed the end of the civil war in 2002.
During her fellowship, she developed a theoretical framework underpinning the book through a critical comparative study of a range of racial discourses upon anti-colonial and post-colonial projects of national identity construction within three seminal countries of the Iberian Atlantic zone, namely, Angola,
Brazil, and Cuba.
Department of Chemistry
Dr Riva has recently taken up a Teaching Fellowship with the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. Dr Riva’s research combines state-of-the art methods for microbiology, chemical analysis and synthetic organic chemistry. Her fellowship represents a continuation of an ambitious research project which aims to generate novel 'unnatural' polyketide products with medicinal (e.g. antibiotic, antifungal, anticancer) and commercial value by combining small molecules organic synthesis, microorganism genetic manipulation and new chemistry technologies. Dr Riva organised a one-day symposium for postgraduate and early career researchers on “The Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products” in June 2014. Alongside her research, she has developed a strong passion for science communication for promoting STEM subjects to young people and participates in outreach activities for the University, including mentoring and delivering tutorials to high school students.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Dr Shiraz’s research concerns the internal dynamics of the civil conflict in Colombia from the onset of La Violencia in 1946. Her PhD research used archival material, interviews and press clippings with an emphasis on academic literature from Colombian authors to explore the development of the conflict since 1946 and offer an up to date, historical analysis of the Colombian conflict. Her postdoctoral fellowship sees the development of a monograph which offers a comprehensive history of violence in Colombia from 1946 to the present day. It seeks to challenge current development based models of conflict resolution by offering sophisticated and policy relevant understanding of how liberal development strategies, far from reducing the chance of violent conflict, can intensify violence.