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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Research Associate
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+44 (0)1223-335171

Teresa joined the faculty in 2019 as part of the Centre for Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste. Her work explores what underpins contemporary perspectives on plastic waste and how these shape consumer’s recycling habits. She re-located to South Africa in 2011 to complete her post-graduate education in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. Her PhD (2017) uncovered the ways that ‘waste pickers’ managed their stigmatised identity, while performing tasks as informal waste minimisation workers on the streets of Cape Town. Her MA (2013) examined the power of development discourses to position practitioners working on the outskirts of Cape Town. 

Before returning to the UK, she researched stakeholder’s experiences of participatory processes for the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)project – a climate change consortium spanning Asia and Africa. While in South Africa her research incorporated various disciplines, in a range of projects, including higher education development (Centre for Higher Education Development); engaged scholarship (The Knowledge Co-op); and decent work as part of the 2030 agenda (Labour and Enterprise Research Group). Prior to her career as a researcher, she was a sociology teacher at large comprehensive schools in London (2007-2010) and Manchester (2002-2006). Her PGCE (2002) and BA (2000) were in Social Sciences - both obtained from Manchester Metropolitan University. Teresa is from Brighton.  

Research interests: 
  • Stigma, stereotypes and debunking myths that marginalise disadvantaged social groups
  • Waste and society: The linkages between formal and informal work; recycling and interventions to minimise waste 
  • Transdisciplinary research: Engaged scholarship; research impact; multi-disciplinary collaborations (combining environmental and climate science with human geography; anthropology; urban studies; development studies; social policy; and sociology)
  • Methodology: Ethnographic, interpretivist and interactionist approaches; discourse and thematic analysis; ethics
  • Co-constitution of society: The relationship between micro and macro level power relations for the study of contemporary global problems from the perspective of individuals in their everyday interactions
  • Academic development in higher education; writing development; teaching pedagogy

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