Dr. Sophie Seita
Department of English

Dr. Sophie Seita is a Junior Research Faculty member of English. Her research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century Anglophone avant-garde writing, art, and poetics; literary communities; print culture and periodical studies; contemporary experiments with performance writing, feminist and queer performance art, artistic collaborations, mixed media art, and practice-based research.  Her work, My Little Enlightenment Plays, is a multi-media and collaborative creative project that combines performances, lecture performances, publications and installations; both emerging from and feeding back into research. 

Dr. Anna Spatis, Associate Specialty Director in Palliative Medicine
Dr. Stephen Barclay, University Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Dr. Spatis and Dr. Barclay are both Associate Specialty Directors in Palliative Medicine working to design and deliver undergraduate palliative care education at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Spatis has a particular interest in the management of cancer-related fatigue, and is currently undertaking an MD investigating fatigue in teenagers and young adults with cancer. Dr. Barclay's research focuses on Palliative and End of Life Care in Primary Care, with a particular interest in General Practitioner and District Nurse provision of care, end of life care conversations in cancer and non-cancer illness, decision-making concerning treatment cessation in advanced disease and medical student education in Palliative Care. Fatigue, an extreme tiredness that affects the mind as well as the body, is the single most common and distressing symptom experienced by teenagers and young adults with cancer.  The researchers worked with these young patients to co-design a treatment for fatigue that meets their unique needs. 

Miss Ragnhild Dale, Scott Polar Research Institute

Ragnhild Dale is a PhD student at the Scott Polar Institute. She has worked at the intersection of academia and the performing arts since 2010 with a particular interest in relationships between art, anthropology, resource politics and social change.Her research is concerned with how conflict and consent around extractive industries is created and performed in the Barents Region, with a view across sectors from public policy and business to civil society and activism. 

She put together a three-day staging of the Norwegian 'climate lawsuit', after Greenpeace and Nature and Youth sued the government for allowing Arctic oil exploration. Inviting expert witnesses from academia, industry and NGOs to testify in the production in Kirkenes, she brought the question directly to the people who live and work in the north. 

Miss Charlotte Payne
Department of Zoology

Charlotte Payne is a PhD student in the Department of Zoology. Her research interests include the potential impacts of farming insects for human food. Her PhD addresses the claims that 1) farming insects could greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and the pressure on land use 2) insects as food may have health benefits that rival traditional livestock and 3) insect farming has the potential to aid socio-economic mobility. Working together with farmers and scientists at every stage, she developed a participatory research project on the sustainable use of edible caterpillars in southwestern Burkina Faso. The methodology, aims and results were shared with public audiences of all ages and backgrounds.