Gloss Research Associate

The GLOSS Research Associate Scheme is no longer running. Please see the Sure Scheme 2019 for  research opportunities for undergraduate students.                                                                     

The following gives an overview of the Scheme which ran from 2016 to 2018.

The GLOSS Research Associate Scheme offered funded opportunities for undergraduate students within the Faculty of Social Sciences to work as a GLOSS Research Associate during part of the summer vacation. 

GLOSS Research Associates worked in partnership with an academic member of staff whose research interests aligned with theirs to produce an inspired piece of international research. 

As a GLOSS Research Associate, students were able to:
• Strengthen understanding and knowledge of a research area of global relevance and international scope.
• Receive tailored training on undertaking international research, international fieldwork and research dissemination.
• Benefit from direct experience of conducting primary research in partnership with a member of academic staff.
• Contribute to cutting-edge research; experience project management; gain an introduction to academic collaboration; and develop fieldwork skills in an international environment.
• Apply knowledge and theory amassed in the classroom in a practical context.
• Gain practical experience and hands-on research experience.



  • Emily Doyland and Dr Charis Enns (Geography): “Development corridors and gender: Enabling or constraining ‘water for all’ in East Africa?” (Kenya)
  • Donia Kamel and Dr Gurleen Popli (Economics): “Different forms of deprivations and their effect on child development in Egypt”
  • Jessica Lane and Professor Karina Nielsen (Management): “What works? From feedback to action in organisational interventions” (Norway)
  • Oliver Moxham and Dr Mark Pendleton (East Asian Studies): “Border-crossing Memories of War: A Kyoto Case Study” (Japan)


  • Rebecca England and Dr Tom Pering (Geography) “A novel and low-cost ultraviolet gas remote sensing approach for hazard assessment (Nicaragua)”
  • Lindsay Hirst (Education) and Dr Harald Conrad (East Asian Studies): "Foreign graduate employment in Japanese companies – What are the implications for Japanese studies teaching”
  • Xinyi Hu and Dr Ally Lu (Urban Studies and Planning): “Culturally responsive public space – A case study of the historic quarters in Nanjing, China”
  • Angela Lin and Dr Melanie Lombard (Urban Studies and Planning): “The effects of the peace process on informal neighbourhoods in Colombian cities”
  • Kaylee McHale and Dr Darrel Swift (Geography): "Evaluating the usability of university campus buildings: a case study in Mexico”
  • Stephanie Rost and Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh (Sociological Studies): “Understanding the barriers to universal primary education for children engaged in hazardous labour in Ghana"
  • Neele Wiltgen Georgi and Dr Paula Meth (Urban Studies and Planning) “An analysis of changes in access to and consumption of food following upgrading & relocation from ‘slum’ to formal state-provided housing on the South African urban periphery”


  • Jack Baker (Architecture) and Professor Fionn Stevenson (Architecture): "Evaluating the usability of university campus buildings: a case study in Mexico”
  • Jiayue Jiang (Landscape) and Dr Clare Rishbeth (Landscape): "Flexible uses of public space: movable seating in diverse cultural contexts"
  • Yande Chilufya (School of Law) and Dr Seth Schindler (Geography): "Peer To Peer Mobile Application Technology in Nairobi, Kenya: Improving Informal-Sector Livelihoods and or Disciplining Workers?"
  • Wilkister Ludenyi (Politics & Economics) and Dr David Littlewood (SUMS): "The Role of Innovation Hubs in Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Kenya"
  • Roberta Alidori (Sociological Studies) and Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh (Sociological Studies): "Global vs. Local: Exploring the Impact of Global Child Labour Policies on Children’s Lived Experiences in Ghana"
  • Guy Tallentire (Geography) and Dr Darrel Swift (Geography): "A UAV and in-situ water quality study of the influence of overdeepenings on glacier hydrology and basal glacial sediment transport and evacuation: Zermatt, Switzerland."