The Atlantic Fellows team
Professor Beverley Skeggs
Bev Skeggs is a prominent feminist sociologist. Her book Formations of Class and Gender (1997) has been profoundly significant in drawing attention to the intersections between class and gender inequality, as experienced by working class young women dealing with the vulnerabilities of daily life in harsh conditions.
Her more recent work has shown how contemporary ideas of the ‘self’ implicitly discriminate against many groups – women, ethnic minorities, migrants and the economically deprived – who are seen to fall short of the assumed values of responsibility and autonomy. In recent years, supported by numerous grants and fellowships, she has explored the source of these values through pioneering studies of sexuality, violence, and space, traditional and social media: reality television and Facebook. She sees digital tracking and trading as one of the major ways in which inequality is being forged.
Alongside her world leading intellectual contributions, Beverley has been a major change maker and transformative leader. She has been Director of Women's Studies and head of two of the UK’s leading Sociology Departments, at Manchester University and Goldsmiths, University of London, and transformed Britain’s oldest sociology journal, the Sociological Review, into an independent foundation devoted to supporting early career researchers and opening up critical social science.
Rana Zincir Celal
Contact: 020 7106 1138, R.Zincir-Celal@lse.ac.uk
Rana Zincir Celal is the Deputy Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity. Previously, as Senior Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, she worked with Columbia University faculty to design and implement collaborative programmes in Turkey. In Cyprus, she was involved in establishing the Home for Cooperation, producing art exhibitions on contested histories, developing educational materials on enforced disappearance with The Elders and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and advocating for a gender perspective in the peace process. Between 2005 and 2009, she served as Vice-President of Programs for Chrest Foundation, leading its grantmaking in Turkey.
She also launched programmes on social justice philanthropy and cultural cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Anadolu Kültür and the Christensen Fund. Before relocating to Turkey in 2002, Rana was based with the Ford Foundation's Economic Development Program in New York as a Program Associate. Rana is currently a trustee of Greenpeace International, board member of Greenpeace Mediterranean, advisor to the European Cultural Foundation 'Connected Action for the Commons Program,' member of the Greek Turkish Forum and Anadolu Kültür’s Executive Committee. She has also served on the European Cultural Foundation's Princess Margriet Award Jury and the Hrant Dink Foundation International Human Rights Award Committee. She holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Political Science) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Development Studies).
Dr Clive James Nwonka
Dr Clive Nwonka completed his PhD in Film Studies at Brunel University, which sought to improve understandings of the relationship between political ideology and film texts, and the broader concept of film as social practice. This considered the effect on social realism by New Labour's social and cultural policy through questions of narrative, textual meaning and representation. His research is situated at the intersection of contemporary realism and film policy, with particular interests in black British film, international cinemas and American Independent film. This is framed around the representation of socio-political issues in contemporary cinema, exploring the linearity between decontextualized representations with the macro changes in the political sphere – how national cinemas appropriate and counter political hegemony. This interest primarily concerns the discourses that frame textual meaning, representations of race, class and socio-political inequality and how film incorporates and visualises the frameworks of mainstream, political ideology. These areas are underpinned by a mixed resource of film studies, politics, sociology and cultural studies, situating textual readings within contemporary socio-political debates.
He spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC Community Filmmaking and Cultural Diversity project led by Professor Sarita Malik within the Media and Communications department at Brunel University and has previously lectured at Brunel, Birbeck and University of Greenwich.
Global Network Officer
Ebru Ilhan is the Global Network Officer for the Atlantic Fellows programme in Social and Economic Equity, where she leads on the development of the Atlantic Senior Fellows community. Since 2015, Ebru has been supporting global corporate and non profit clients with their thought leadership, research and strategic communications needs at Kite Global Advisors. Previously, she was a sustainability reporter and strategist at one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates, the Eczacibasi Group. In this role, she wrote the Group’s annual sustainability report, and coordinated energy and water efficiency, health and safety and human/labour rights projects across the Group’s forty-two companies. Before moving into the private sector, Ebru held project management, programme management and fundraising roles at civil society organisations and think tanks in Turkey, USA and UK. She completed a PhD at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London on Islam, business interests and democratic institution building. She has published in English and Turkish on a range of social and political issues, including democratisation, gender equality, education, new media and social justice.
COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS OFFICER
Contact: 020 7106 1109
Neil Johnson coordinates the communications and events work for the Atlantic Fellows. Prior to joining the LSE, Neil worked for the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He has also worked for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, Universities UK, and two MPs with higher education policy portfolios.
Prior to joining the LSE, Katie worked for the fellowship programme at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Theology from Durham University, and a master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.
Programme and Events associate
Contact: 020 7106 1136
Prior to joining the III at LSE, Verity had worked in the charity sector in London and Scotland, completing an MSc in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.