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Two Sussex PhD students reach the final of ESRC writing competition

Chloe Place in Andalusia

Abby Dunn

Two doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex are finalists in a competition to celebrate and foster the writing skills of the next generation of social scientists.

Run in partnership with SAGE Publishing, the Economic and Social Research Council’s Better Lives writing competition encourages and rewards outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students.

Chloe Place and Abby Dunn were selected on the strength of their submissions, designed to convey their research in a compelling way to a non-academic audience.

Chloe, who studied for her BA and MSc at Sussex, is now a first-year Anthropology research student in the School of Global Studies. Her submission, titled ‘The Illusion of Eternal Independence: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Ageing’, focuses on the experiences of people caring for older relatives in a small rural community in Andalusia.

Chloe commented: “Since starting my PhD I’ve noticed there seems to be a big gap between academia and people’s everyday lives. I entered the competition as I liked the idea of communicating my research to a general audience to show how anthropology relates to real-world issues.”

A research psychologist with a clinical focus, Abby’s core interest is in supporting parents with complex mental health challenges.

Abby said: “This competition is a great opportunity to promote research which is focused on making a difference to people's lives. My work is focused on the needs of mental health service users who are parents and I really welcomed the opportunity to flag up their support needs, which sadly are often not met.”

Caroline Lucas MP has passed on her congratulations to both PhD students, whose articles will be published in print and online.

The competition winners will be announced during a ceremony at the British Academy in London on 4 April, when finalists will also have the opportunity to take part in a SAGE Publishing writing masterclass.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Monday, 25 March 2019

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