School of Global Studies

Dr Anneke Newman

Post:Associate Tutor (Anthropology)
Other posts:Post-Doctoral Associate (School of Global Studies)
Location:ARTS C C327
Email:A.Newman@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:2735
UK:01273 872735
International:+44 1273 872735
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Biography

I completed my ESRC-funded PhD in Social Anthropology at Sussex in 2016. Previously I completed an MSc in Cross-Cultural Research Methods at Sussex (2010), an MA in Gender and International Development at IDS (2007), and a BA in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford (2006). I have also worked for over a decade with research and education-related NGOs in London, Brussels, Senegal and the Comores archipelago in East Africa. Following these experiences, I was attracted more and more by the potential of social anthropology to critically appraise development practice.

Role

I am affiliated to Sussex as a Postdoctoral Associate in Global Studies. I am a member of the Sussex Africa Centre, the Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH) and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY).  I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains (LAMC) at l'Université Libre de Bruxelles. I will also hold an UCSIA Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies (CeMIS) at the University of Antwerp from October-November 2017.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD Social Anthropology - University of Sussex, January 2016
  • MSc Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods, University of Sussex, 2009 – 2010, distinction
  • MA Gender and International Development, Institute of Development Studies, 2006 – 2007, distinction
  • BA Human Sciences, University of Oxford, 2003 – 2006, 1st class

Activities

I am the Secretary of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), and am a member of the Africa Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK), the Development Studies Association (DSA) and l'Association de Recherche sur l'Education et les Savoirs (ARES).

I currently work as research consultant with action-research NGO The Grandmother Project (GMP) in the Velingara region of southern Senegal. I have been involved in documenting the success of their participatory intergenerational dialogue approach to improve relations between elders and youth; reduce teen pregnancy, forced marriage, early drop-out of girls from school, and FGM/C; and integrate cultural values and indigenous knowledge into primary school teaching to improve quality. Most recently my role has involved providing technical support to the USAID-funded Passages Project on adolescent sexual and reproductive health based at the Institute of Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, which has identified GMP as a case of best practice in the field of social norm change.

During my PhD I was affiliated to the project Modèles, pratiques et cultures scolaires en Afrique de l'Ouest Francophone coordinated from the Les Afriques dans le Monde Africa Studies Centre at SciencesPo Bordeaux, where I spent  6 weeks during November-December 2013 thanks to an ESRC Overseas Insitutional Visit scholarship. I was a member of the scientific committee for their conference Governing Schools in the Global South: Policies, Actors and Practices held in Bordeaux, February 2015.

While at Sussex, I was involved in the organisation of several events and seminar series which shared the aim of creating spaces to bring together postdoctoral and early career scholars from different departments and disciplines. These activities included the NGender: Gender & Sexuality Research Seminar Series, the Global Studies PhD Lecture Series, and an interdisciplinary postgraduate Development Studies conference on the theme of "Critical Debates With(In) Development: Power, Resilience and Change" hosted between Sussex and IDS in June 2013.

I blog in English and French for the Huffington Post and The Conversation.