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Personal profile


I am a PhD candidate in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia. My doctoral research will produce an ethnographic study of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a public policy analyst at City Hall in London. I also contributed to an APPG inquiry report on the future of UK-Sudan relations, completed internships with BRAC in Bangladesh and in Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in the South East Asia team. I completed my BA in East Asian Studies at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield and my MA in International Development at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.

Teaching Interests

I have been employed as an Associate Tutor on seven modules to date, including Research Methods in Social Anthropology, and I supervise MA dissertations.

Key Research Interests

Vietnam, South East Asia, ethnography, urban studies, memory

Professional Activities

Conference attendance:

  • Post Socialist Memory Studies conference (Sep 2020) - panellist on session 'Museums and Memory: War, Patriotism and Trauma'
  • Association of Asian Studies conference (Mar 2021) – presented individual paper outlining doctoral research
  • 'Conducting Field Research in Social Sciences', Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Jun 2021) - delivered presentation on methodological approach to PhD fieldwork
  • American Anthropological Association annual meeting (Nov 2022) - will present individual paper outlining early fieldwork findings on the panel 'Work, value, aesthetics and the liminality of life in East Asia'

Guest lectures/invited talks:

  • Guest lecture 'Anthropology of the COVID-19 pandemic' (Nov 2021) - presented data from fieldwork on COVID-19 in Vietnam to University of St Mary's anthropology students and patrons of Halifax Public Library (Canada)

I am a member of:

  • the Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) (an Association for Asian Studies sub-group) -  executive committee member since 2021
  • the Association of South East Asian Studies UK (ASEASUK)
  • the Royal Historical Society (RHS)
  • the Social History Society
  • the Postcolonial Studies Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Associate Student, SOAS, University of London

Oct 2021 → …

Visiting Researcher, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

Apr 2021Dec 2022

Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Nov 2020 → …

Fellow, Cumberland Lodge

Sep 2019 → …