Sociological Studies welcomes visiting PhD student from Belgium to conduct research with Sheffield's academics

Image of Amelie AnciauxThe Department of Sociological Studies has been delighted to play host to visiting PhD student Amélie Anciaux over the past month, who has joined us from Belgium.

Amélie is a second-year PhD student at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, and her research, funded by the National Fund for Scientific Research, focuses on better understanding the different factors and contexts favouring or hindering the adoption of ‘green’ practices by young adults (aged 25 to 35-years-old) in French-speaking Belgium areas.

During her visit to the University of Sheffield, Amélie has been working alongside Dr Katherine Davies, Lecturer in Sociology with a research specialism in family and personal relationships, to look at the importance of the family relationships in the adoption, or not, of ‘greener’ practices in daily routines of young adults.

Amélie said: “During my visit, I progressed from a theoretical point of view by discovering authors and innovative theories in sociology of the family which will be very useful for my thesis. Then, I progressed from a methodological point of view: I realised a data analysis via family trees and I also experimented with an interview in English (and with a method and a deontology a little different from what I was used to). Finally, I was able to integrate all these contributions in a concrete way by carrying out a case study based on my interviews previously done in Belgium.

“The contribution of Katherine and my stay in Sheffield will have a significant impact in my thesis. It allowed me to consider my project and my data from another perspective.”

Amélie added: “This was my first academic stay in a foreign language: the challenge was huge for me! Nevertheless, all the people from the department I met were very understanding and friendly towards me. I could not expect a better welcome.

“I quickly fell in love with the city of Sheffield. I like the idea that Sheffield is a city on a human scale, where you can almost do everything on foot. I like the fact that it is the most wooded city in the UK!

“I also like Ecclesall Road, with its small shops and nice restaurants. I live right next door and I am delighted.”