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EJ Milne

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    Biography

     

    I am an Associate Professsor in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University; a Research Associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society, Witwatersrand University, South Africa; and former Vice President of the International Sociological Association Visual Sociology Group (ISA RC57) http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/research-networks/research-committees/rc57-visual-sociology/ . Prior to joining Coventry I worked at the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Bradford and was a Government of Canada DFAIT Post Doctoral Research Fellow at McGill University.

    My research is grounded in social justice and explores themes of belonging and participation with people who are excluded; and the process, politics and ethics of research and knowledge production. I often undertake research in collaboration with young people and people from migrant, refugee and LGBTQ backgrounds, and community organisations who wish to co-research and bring about social change. Current and recent projects include exploring 'home' with young people from refugee backgrounds through the creation of children's picturebooks; using theatre to reflect and engage in dialogue around forgiveness and reconciliation; using arts and community based methods to create safe spaces for queer young people in refugee organisations; and investigating (non)belonging through photography, soundscapes and drawing with young people who are looked after. I am on the Editorial Board of Visual Methodologies (2013-date) and Youth and Globalization (2018-date).

    Following my experiences of the healthcare system I have developed an interest in Patient Public Involvement and consumer engagement in health research. I am a Member of Cochrane and part of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme Cochrane Review Management Team Hepato-Biliary Reviews. I am also a member of the Biobank Ethical Review Board for the Royal Free Hospital London/ University College London, and am a contributing author for a series of published and forthcoming Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

    Grants Awarded:

    • 2019 Coventry University City of Culture Grant Round 2Performing Forgiveness from Coventry to Nanjing £46,302/ $89,237 AUD inclusive of match funding. Joint Principle Investigator.

    • 2019 University of New South Wales Seed Funding (FASS), Ethics and Community-Based Participatory Research in Refugee Studies: Co-designing a framework with refugee-background co-researchers with Caroline Lenette UNSW, Sarah Banks University of Durham, Caitlin Nunn Manchester Metropolitan University, Atem Atem Fairfield City Council, David Nguyen Theatre Practitioner $5,000. Co-Investigator.
    • 2018 Coventry University/ Deakin University, International Grant, Living Precarious Lives: Exploring precarity and wellbeing amongst University students with Adrienne Evans and Luca Morini Coventry University, Chris Hickey and Amanda Mooney Deakin University £10,000/$17,500 AUD. Pilot study
    • 2018 Landmark Trust Futures Award £3,000. To fund academic writing retreat for ECRs and PhDs.
    • 2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Insight Development Award For Us by Us: Children's Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees $68,000 CAD with Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and McGill University. UK lead and Co-Investigator.
    • 2015 British Academy-Newton Grant Exploring Arts-Based and narrative methodologies for understanding the lived experiences of migrant sex worker and migrant LGBTQI communities in South Africa and the UK £9,970. Joint principal investigator.
    • 2015 Coventry University Pump Prime Award ‘Social protection’?  Displacement, belonging and the politics of victim/survivor discourse in Bosnia and Herzegovina£10,000. Co-Investigator.
    • 2015 Coventry University Pump Prime Award Common Past, Shared Future? Narratives of conflict and belonging amongst refugees £10,000. Co-investigator.
    • 2014 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities Innovation Award Connecting States of Desire: Sustaining LGBTQ Lives in Refugee Youth with Churnjeet Mahn, University of Strathclyde and a national organisation working with young people from refugee backgrounds. £100,000. Co-Investigator.
    • 2014 AHRC Connected Communities Innovation Award Ritual Reconstructed: Challenges to Disconnection, Division and Exclusion in the Jewish LGBTQI Community with Margaret Greenfields, Buckinghamshire New University, Liberal Judaism, Searle Kochberg, Portsmouth University and Rainbow Jews. £100,000. Co-Investigator.
    • 2014 AHRC Connected Communities Development Award Creative Interruptions: grassroots cultures, state structures and disconnection as a space for 'radical openness' with Brunel University, University of Ulster, University of Sussex, Greenwich Inclusion Project). Initial award £30,000. Joint applicant. 
    • 2012 JRF Ordinary support & 'Liveable Lives': the Glasgow study £216,809. Co-Investigator.
    • 2012 NCRM Research Methods Bursary £1,000. Principal Investigator.
    • 2009 DFAIT Government of Canada/ McGill University PDRF Participatory Visual Methods and the Production of Knowledge. $32,000 CAD. Principal Investigator.
    • 2008 NCRM Research Methods Bursary £1,000. Principal Investigator.
    • 2007 JRF Community and participation on Bradford’s traditionally white estates £71,000.  Co-Investigator.
    • 2003 ESRC Doctoral award Principal Investigator.

    Teaching:

    I currently teach on the following courses at Coventry University:

    • PhD CTPSR DTC Philosophy of Social Science Research
    • PhD CTPSR DTC Qualitative Research Methods
    • MA courses for CTPSR (ethics, qualitative research, research design)

    In addition I frequently facilitate academic writing retreats, workshops for staff and students on qualitative, arts based and visual research methods and tehir applied ethics. I also contribute to the CTPSR International PhD Summer School.

    Appointments (external)

    • Member of Cochrane, September 2019-date.
    • Royal Free Hospital London/ University College London Biobank Ethical Review Board, June 2018-date.
    • Associate, Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, May 2017-date.
    • Research Associate, University of the Witwatersrand, African Centre for Migration and Society, South Africa, January 2015 to date.
    • Vice President International Sociological Association Visual Sociology Research Committee RC57, 2010-18.
    • UK representative Joint European Commission-Council of Europe Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), 2014-2017.
    • Jury member for the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC, USA) and International Sociological Association Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize 2010.

    Administrative Appointments and Service (internal)

    • Joint Chair, CTPSR Equalities and Diversity Committee, June 2020-date.
    • Strategic Working Group, Coventry University, Coventry City of Culture 2021, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, 2018-date.
    • Strategic Lead, Coventry City of Culture 2021, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, 2018-date.
    • Research Excellence Framework Review Panel (Politics), Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, 2017-date.
    • Member of CTPSR Ethics Board (2014- May 2020).
    • Ethics Board, University of Stirling School of Social and Applied Science, 2011-2013.

    Advisory Boards

    • NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme Cochrane Review Management Team Hepato-Biliary Reviews, September 2018-date.

    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Interruptions: grassroots cultures, state structures and disconnection as a space for 'radical openness'. Brunel University, University of Ulster, University of Sussex, Greenwich Inclusion Project. Connected Communities £1.5 Million large consortia award. 2016-2019.
    • National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Do Participatory Visual Methods Give Voice? The Open University. 2017-2019.
    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Can Participatory Video enhance social participation and well-being for people with dementia in residential social care? University of Bradford 2012-2014.
    • AHRC/RSA Places for all? A multi-media investigation of citizenship, work and belonging in a fast-changing provincial city, University of Sussex/ University of Oxford, 2011-2013.

    You can find a comprehensive list of my citations and articles at https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=dyTb38kAAAAJ and can find my academia page at https://coventryuniversity.academia.edu/EJMilne 

     

    Research Interests

    Young people; People with refugee and migrant backgrounds; Community development; Critical participation; Community based research; Indigenous knowledges and decolonising approaches to research; Visual and arts based methodologies, methods and their applied ethics; Social justice.

    Vision Statement

    My research focuses on issues of social justice, the politics and ethics of research and innovative research methodologies and methods. I use qualitative methods and specialise in critically reflective, creative and sensory research. This includes participatory and community based research; and sensory methods including photography (photovoice, photo elicitation, visual focus groups, photo diaries), film (participatory video, video diaries, documentary), drawing and mapping; and audial-methods (soundscapes, music, audio diaries).

    My work seeks to further the development of more negotiated processes of knowledge production working not only in my interests, and that of the academy, but also for the interests of, and for, participants and their communities. To this end community members and civil society organisations are often involved in my research as co-researchers and research partners.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Peace Studies, Doctorate, University of Bradford

    1 Sep 20031 Jan 2008

    Award Date: 28 Feb 2008

    Education, Postgraduate Certificate, University of Cambridge

    1 Sep 199330 Jul 1994

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

    Arab Studies, Degree

    1 Sep 199031 Jul 1993

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

    International Development, MA, University of Bradford

    Sep 1999Jul 2000

    Award Date: 30 Aug 2000

    External positions

    Research Associate, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand

    Jan 2016 → …

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