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UEA to welcome five Leverhulme early career researchers

The University of East Anglia is preparing to welcome five new researchers following the award of prestigious Early Career Fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust.

The researchers will cover topics ranging from the use of Roman literature by sixteenth-century scholars to methane-oxidising bacteria in preventing global warming.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships enable early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work, and aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at an early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research excellence.

The Trust awarded 116 Fellowships in total in 2016 with, so for UEA to secure five of these is a demonstration of the University’s strong research reputation. UEA achieved a success rate of 46%, against a national average of approximately 14 per cent.  

Fiona Lettice, Academic Director for Research at UEA, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming these outstanding Early Career Fellows to join our vibrant research community here at UEA.  These prestigious awards recognise the strengths and potential of these Fellows and their research, as well as UEA’s strong research environment to provide them with the support needed to deliver their research projects and to develop their future academic careers.” 

Three of the Fellows will be based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing, Dr John Mark Philo, whose PhD research at Oxford University traced the reception of the ancient Roman historian Livy in Renaissance England and Scotland, will turn his attention to Tacitus. His project at UEA focuses on how Tacitus, famous for his accounts of the wicked excesses of Rome’s emperors, was being read and used in sixteenth-century Britain by translators, scholars, literary writers, and political figures. 

The School of Politics, Philosophy, Language & Communication Studies will be joined by two new Fellows. Dr Janosch Prinz’s project aims to develop a new approach to understand and tackle the crisis of political legitimacy across the Western world as public trust in political elites is declining and anti-political populism is rising. His project explores how people come to accept or reject the legitimacy of government actions and considers how political philosophy can help people to make good political judgements. Working alongside environment researchers, Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou’s project on ‘Green Arguments’ examines what happens to scientific arguments when presented in the context of public political debate. Her project aims to develop new forms of argumentation that help us to think through environmental issues.

The remaining two Fellows will be based in the Faculty of Science. Dr Andrew Crombie completed his PhD at the University of Warwick, and will be joining the School of Biological Sciences at UEA. He works on the availability of carbon sources and its effects on methane oxidation by novel bacteria. His work at UEA aims to demonstrate sustainable biotechnological applications for methanotrophs, methane-oxidising bacteria, in order to mitigate atmospheric emissions that contribute to global warming.

Meanwhile, the School of Mathematics will welcome Dr Anna Kaligorou, whose PhD from Imperial College London and post-doctoral work at the University of Leeds prepares her to further her research in microfluidics at UEA. Her project aims to broaden understanding of the use of surfactants as a control mechanism and the associated nonlinear phenomena, using hybrid mathematical modelling and state-of-the-art computational methods. Her work aims to facilitate systematic and efficient liquid flow control with both academic and industrial applications.