Polly Hember (@pollyhember)

PhD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests: Polly’s research explores the impact of social and sexual networks within modernism as part of a PhD thesis titled ‘The Pool Group and the Modernist Ciné-novel’. Focusing on the neglected works of Oswell Blakeston, Robert Herring and Kenneth Macpherson, this research sits at the intersection of film studies and the history of sexuality within the field of modernist studies. More broadly, Polly is interested in modernism, feminism, queer theory, studies of affect and emotion, cinema, technology and mass culture within the early twentieth century,

Contribution to CSEL: Polly is delighted to join the Centre as a student member. She looks forward to collaborating with other members and getting involved with interdisciplinary events. She is co-organising the international Figuring out Feeling Conference taking place in Paris in 2020, which looks at the study of emotion in arts and literature. She is particularly interested how emotions operate in the public sphere and within power structures.

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Alex Lloyd (@Alex_Lloyd93)

PhD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests: Alex’s research is in adolescent decision-making. Specifically, he focusses on why teenagers are likely to explore new and potentially risky scenarios compared to adults or children. This involves examining why some young people are more likely to engage in negative risk taking, such as antisocial or criminal behaviour, compared to most other adolescents. In addition, Alex has an interest in non-custodial alternatives to criminal sentencing, and has published a review evaluating the effectiveness of Restorative Justice on reducing post-traumatic stress in victims of crime.

Contribution to CSEL: Alex is a PhD student based at Royal Holloway and has attended several of the seminar series hosted by the centre. He would like to contribute towards ensuring the criminal justice system is informed by psychological evidence by working in an interdisciplinary team.

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Heidi Maiberg (@HeidiMaiberg)

PhD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests: Currently, Heidi is holding a MA of religious studies from the University of Tartu. In her thesis, she created an overview of methods and topics of conversations used to support deradicalisation and disengagement of Islamists. Overview was created based of practises held in Sweden, Finland, the UK, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. In her further academical work, she would like to find most effective deradicalisation and disengagement supporting methods created for Islamists and members of far-right extremists. In 2018, her work received scholarship of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Contribution to CSEL: Heidi looks forward to connecting with researchers from the Centre on dialogue about supporting extremists in their deradicalisation and disengagement procedure.

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Emese Szász (@szasz_emese)

PhD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests: Emese is interested in human trafficking and modern slavery and their social and clinical psychological aspect. Specifically, she has been researching public attitudes towards human trafficking and anti-trafficking organisations in the UK, Germany, and Hungary by using mixed-method design.

Contribution to CSEL: Emese aims to increase awareness towards human trafficking and its social psychological aspects (e.g. emotional attitudes). She is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues in the centre and participate in  CSEL workshops and events.

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Alexandra Aldridge (@AlexAldridge_)

PhD Student, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Interests: Alex’s research explores the intersections of substance use and sexual practice, and related issues of sexual ethics. Focusing on the specific contexts in which sex on drugs takes place – including club nights and warehouse parties – she aims to understand how these settings can work to mediate the ethics of intoxicated sexual encounters.

Contribution to CSEL: Alex aims to use her work to generate harm reduction strategies that reflect the lived experience of people who use drugs with sex, across genders and sexual orientations. She looks forward to connecting with other researchers in the Centre.

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