I have recently completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Essex. My work is part of a growing area of academic scholarship, which challenges the dominant ‘human trafficking’ narratives/discourses. My doctoral research is aimed at exploring the responses to child trafficking in South Asia particularly in Nepal. This research looks at the issues of child trafficking in Nepal by taking a critical stance on the concept of trafficking, by looking at the ways national and international legislations formulate this concepts and how in turn this is made sense of in practice by various law enforces and implementation agencies, including international non-government organisations (INGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
I have several years of professional work experience in the field of sexual reproductive health, gender, and human rights issues working with various I/NGOs in Nepal.
I currently teach Policy, Punishment and Society at the University of Essex and I am also a visiting lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton.
I am interested in Sub-Saharan African languages and connections this may have with culture and development. I work on Bantu languages with interest in linguistic diversity.
Assistant Professor United States Academic Discipline: Political Science Interests Keywords: Civil Society, Elections, Gender Politics, governance About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality, Justice and Strong Institutions, No Poverty, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Quality Education I am interested in the following geographical area(s): Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Eastern Mediterranean States, Gulf States, [...]
Sophia’s main research interest is the learning, teaching, and use of vocabulary in a second language. She is also interested in first- and second-language literacy skills in countries where English is a foreign or second language. She has recently conducted collaborative research on reading comprehension in an indigenous language (Igbo) and in English in Nigeria. While working as a postdoctoral researcher, she examined the role of vocabulary in English as a foreign language oral fluency and writing quality in Taiwan. Sophia’s current research examines a) foreign/second language English academic vocabulary learning and teaching, b) the comprehension of figurative language during first-language reading, and c) how people come to perceive a text as coherent or not.