The Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize is awarded to a Commonwealth Scholar who submits the most outstanding article published in a peer-reviewed journal. This annual prize, first awarded in 2012, aims to encourage and reward the publication achievements of Commonwealth Scholars who are completing or have recently completed their doctoral studies. The research conducted by this year’s entrants supports the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2018 winner

SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Chigozie Utazi (2010 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Statistics, University of Manchester and Lancaster University)
High resolution age-structured mapping of childhood vaccination coverage in low and middle income countries, Vaccine, (Volume 36, Issue 12, 2018)

2018 entrants

SDG 1 - No poverty

Iddriss Ibn Abdul-Rahman (2009 Split-site Scholar from Ghana, PhD Animal Science, University of Glasgow and University of Ghana)
Effects of season on the reproductive organs and steroid hormone profiles in guinea hens (Numida meleagris)’, British Poultry Science, (Volume 57, Issue 2, 2017)

Cyprian Misinde (2011 Scholar from Uganda, DCh Childhood Studies, Queen’s University Belfast)
“An Intrinsic characteristics and Value of Poverty Indicators”: a New Method for Deriving Child Living Condition Scores and Poverty, In Uganda, Child Indicators Research, (2017)

SDG 2 - Zero hunger

Amanpreet Kaur (2017 Split-site Scholar from India, PhD Plant Biotechnology, University of Dundee and Thapar University)
Efficient, one step and cultivar independent shoot organogenesis of potato, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, (Volume 23, Issue 2, 2017)

Christopher McQuaid (2010 Scholar from South Africa, PhD Mathematical Ecology, University of Bath)
Spatial dynamics and control of a crop pathogen with mixed-mode transmission, PLoS Computational Biology, (Volume 13, Issue 7, 2017)

SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Daniel Adekunbi (2015 Split-site Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Physiology, King’s College London and University of Lagos)
Kisspeptin neurones in the posterodorsal medial amygdala modulate sexual partner preference and anxiety in male mice, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, (Volume 30, Issue 3, 2018)

Mavis Asare (2010 Scholar from Ghana, PhD Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University)
The need for clearance in relaxation therapy: Development of the relaxation clearance tool for practitioners, Journal of General Practice, (Volume 5, Issue 4, 2017)

Elizabeth Chodzaza (2012 Scholar from Malawi, PhD Nursing, University of Edinburgh)
Cue acquisition: A feature of Malawian midwives decision making process to support normality during the first stage of labour, Midwifery, (Mar, 2018)

Alessandra Dillenburg Scur (2015 Scholar from Canada, PhD Neuroscience (Multiple Sclerosis Research), University of Edinburgh)
Activin receptors regulate the oligodendrocyte lineage in health and disease, Acta Neuropathologica, (2018)

Yashvee Dunneram (2015 Scholar from Mauritius, PhD Nutrition, University of Leeds)
Dietary intake and age at natural menopause: results from the UK Women’s Cohort Study, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, (2018)

Udoamaka Ezuruike (2010 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Pharmacy, Natural Product Research, UCL School of Pharmacy)
Risk–benefit assessment of ethinylestradiol using a physiologically based pharmacokinetic modelling approach, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, (2018)

Tasnuva Haque (2010 Scholar from Bangladesh, PhD Pharmacy, UCL School of Pharmacy)
Topical delivery of anthramycin I. Influence of neat solvents, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, (Volume 104, 2017)

Rathnayake Liyanage Dona Kumari Malkanthi (2013 Scholar from Sri Lanka, PhD Human Nutrition, University of Reading)
Meal fatty Acids Have Differential Effects on Postprandial Blood Pressure and Biomarkers of Endothelial Function but Not Vascular Reactivity in Postmenopausal Women in the Randomized Controlled Dietary Intervention and VAScular function (DIVAS)-2 Study, The Journal of Nutrition, (Volume 148, Issue 3, 2018)

Abubaker Swaib Lule (2015 Scholar from Uganda, PhD Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Is birth weight associated with blood pressure among African children and adolescents? A systematic review, Journal of Developmental Origin Health and Disease, (2018)

Kate Mason (2015 Scholar from Australia, PhD Epidemiology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Associations between fast food and physical activity environments and adiposity in mid-life; cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank, The Lancet Public Health, (Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018)

Doluweera Sachith Gopeetha Mettananda (2012 Scholar from Sri Lanka, PhD Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Oxford)
Editing an α-globin enhancer in primary human hematopoietic stem cells as a treatment for β-thalassemia, Nature Communications, (2017)

Angstone Thembachako Mlangeni (2015 Scholar from Malawi, PhD Chemistry, University of Aberdeen)
Comparison of on-site field measured inorganic arsenic in rice with laboratory measurements using a field deployable method: Method Validation, Food Chemistry, (Volume 263, 2018)

Ana Namburete (2011 Scholar from Mozambique, DPhil Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford)
Fully-automated alignment of 3D fetal brain ultrasound to a canonical reference space using multi-task learning, Medical Image Analysis, (Volume 46, Issue 1, 2018)

Nadine Sammy (2014 Scholar from Trinidad and Tobago, PhD Sport and Exercise Science, University of Exeter)
The Effects of Arousal Reappraisal on Stress Responses, Performance and Attention, Anxiety, Stress & Coping, (Volume 30, Issue 6, 2017)

Vasanthavel Subramaniyan (2015 Split-site Scholar from India, PhD In-situ Synthesis, Fabrication and Characterization of Bioactive ZrO2, University of Manchester and Pondicherry University)
Structural, Mechanical, Imaging and in Vitro Evaluation of the Combined Effect of Gd3+ and Dy3+ in the ZrO2-SiO2 Binary System, Inorganic Chemistry, (Volume 57, 2018)

Kanika Thakur (2017 Split-site Scholar from India, PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nottingham and Panjab University)
Cationic-bilayered nanoemulsion of fusidic acid: an investigation on eradication of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 33591 infection in burn wound, Nanomedicine (Future Medicine), (2018)

Kondwani Wella (2012 Scholar from Malawi, PhD Information Studies (Social), University of Sheffield)
Myths about HIV and AIDS among serodiscordant couples in Malawi, Aslib Journal of Information Management, (Volume 69, Issue 3, 2017)

SDG 4 - Quality education

Lidon Cederick Lashley (2017 Scholar from Guyana, MPhil research Special Education Needs, University of Roehampton)
The effects of computer aided instruction mathematics on the performance of grade four pupils Guyana, SAGE, (Volume 7, Issue 3, 2017)

Joyce Afuah Vuban (2014 Scholar from Cameroon, PhD Education, University of York)
Negotiating access to research sites and participants within an African context: the case of Cameroon, Research Ethics, (accepted for publication)

SDG 5 - Gender equality

Julia Zulver (2015 Scholar from Canada, DPhil Sociology, University of Oxford)
Building the City of Women: Creating a site of Feminist Resistance in a northern Colombian Conflict Zone, Gender, Place & Culture (A Journal of Feminist Geography), (Volume 24, Issue 10, 2017)

Rebecca Helman (2017 Split-site Scholar from South Africa, PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh and University of South Africa)
Why are all rapes not grievable?, South African Journal of Psychology, (2018)

Neha Hui (2012 Scholar from India, PhD Economics and Business, University of Reading)
Bargaining Power and Indicators of Well-Being among Brothel-Based Sex Workers in India, Feminist Economics, (Volume 23, Issue 3, 2017)

SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation

Ekwu Mark Ameh (2012 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Microbiological Water Quality (Environmental Chemistry), Cranfield University)
The absence or presence of a lytic coliphage affects the response of ESCHERICHIA COLI to heat, chlorine or UV exposure, Folia Microbiologica, (2018)

Praisegod Chidozie Emenike (2017 Split-site Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Cranfield University and Covenant University)
Fluoride contamination in groundwater sources in Southwestern Nigeria: Assessment using multivariate statistical approach and human health risk, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, (Volume 156, 2018)

Haider Iqbal Khan (2015 Scholar from Bangladesh, PhD Ecology, University of Nottingham)
Detoxification of textile effluent by fungal treatment and its performance in agronomic usages, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, (Volume 25, Issue 11, 2018)

SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

Dan Egesa (2015 Scholar from Uganda, PhD Chemical Engineering, University of Bath)
Multifunctional Role of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Efficient Microalgae Separation and Catalytic Hydrothermal Liquefaction, ACS Journal of Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, (2017)

Niroj Kumar Malik (2010 Scholar from India, PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham)
Development of a petrographic technique to assess the spontaneous combustion susceptibility of Indian coals, International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, (2017)

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Sandeep Keshava Rao (2017 Scholar from India, PhD Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde)
Migration Estimation in India: A Monsoon Migration Model, Journal of Rural Development, (Volume 37, Issue 1, 2018)

SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Ben Meiring (2016 Scholar from South Africa, DPhil Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford)
Resurgence and Hydrodynamic Attractors in Gauss-Bonnet Holography, Journal of High Energy Physics, (Volume 42, 2018)

SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Bushra Hassan (2011 Scholar from Pakistan, DPhil Psychology, University of Sussex)
Reconciling Social Norms with Personal Interests: Indigenous Styles of Identity Formation among Pakistani Youth, Emerging Adulthood, (2018)

Sarah Ezekiel Kisanga (2014 Scholar from Tanzania, PhD Education, Nottingham Trent University)
Teaching pedagogies in Tanzanian inclusive educational settings: Do they respond to the diverse needs? Voices from students with visual impairment, British Journal of Visual Impairment (Accepted for publication)

SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

Alirat Olayinka Agboola (2011 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Real Estate Investment Market, University of Aberdeen)
Understanding property market operations from a dual institutional perspective: The case of Lagos, Nigeria, Land Use Policy, (Volume 68, 2017)

Md Mohataz Hossain (2013 Scholar from Bangladesh, PhD Architecture: Sustainable Built Environment, University of Nottingham)
Effect of changing window type and ventilation strategy on indoor thermal environment of existing garment factories in Bangladesh, Architectural Science Review, (Volume 60, Issue 4, 2017)

Mohd Firrdhaus Mohd Sahabuddin (2016 Scholar from Malaysia, PhD Architecture, University of Strathclyde)
Natural Ventilation Potential in Kuala Lumpur: Assumptions, Realities and Future, 33rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), (Volume III, 2017)

Padma Seetharaman (2011 Scholar from India, PhD Civil Engineering, University of Leeds)
Modelling risk aversion using a disaggregate stochastic process model in congested transit networks, Public Transport, (Volume 9, Issue 3, 2017)

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production

Angela Oboh (2014 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Aquaculture, University of Stirling)
Two alternative pathways for docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) biosynthesis are widespread among teleost fish, Scientific Reports, (2017)

SDG 13 - Climate change

Olusegun Fawole (2013 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Air Dispersion Modelling, University of Birmingham)
Detection of a gas flaring signature in the AERONET optical properties of aerosols at a tropical station in West Africa, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, (Volume 121, Issue 24, 2016)

Nishtha Saxena (2015 Split-site Scholar from India, PhD English (Cultural Studies), University of York and Panjab University)
J. M. Coetzee’s Aesthetics of Ahimsa: Towards a Gandhian Reading of The Lives of Animals and Disgrace, English in Africa, (Volume 44, Number 2, 2017)

SDG 14 - Life below water

Rachael Ununuma Akpiri (2014 Scholar from Nigeria, PhD Environmental Physiology and Toxicology, University of Birmingham)
Development of cultures of the marine sponge hymeniacidon perleve for genotoxicity assessment using the alkaline comet assay, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), (Volume 9999, No. 9999, 2017)

Shams Muhammad Galib (2016 Scholar from Bangladesh, PhD Biological Sciences, Durham University)
Is current floodplain management a cause for concern for fish and bird conservation in Bangladesh’s largest wetland?, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, (Volume 28, Issue 1, 2018)

Harold Sungani (2012 Scholar from Malawi, PhD Marine/Freshwater Biology, University of Bristol)
Multiple colonisations of the Lake Malawi catchment by the genus Opsaridium (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, (Volume 107, 2016)

SDG 15 - Life on land

William Arlidge (2015 Scholar from New Zealand, DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford)
A Global Mitigation Hierarchy for Nature Conservation, BioScience, (2018)

Syed Amir Manzoor (2016 Scholar from Pakistan, PhD Agriculture, University of Reading)
Land cover and climate change may limit invasiveness of Rhododendron ponticum in Wales, Frontiers in Plant Science, (2018)

SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and strong institutions

Fred Nyongesa Ikanda (2010 Scholar from Kenya, PhD Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Animating ‘refugeeness’ through vulnerabilities: worthiness of long-term exile in resettlement claims among Somali refugees in Kenya, AFRICA, Journal of the International African Institute, (2018)

Shailesh Kumar (2017 Scholar from India, MPhil research Law, Birkbeck, University of London)
Interpreting the Scales of Justice: Architecture, Symbolism and Semiotics of the Supreme Court of India, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, (Volume 30, Issue 4, 2017)

Dawn Rollocks (2013 Scholar from Trinidad and Tobago, PhD Space-time Analysis of Crime Patterns, University College London)
A Spatiotemporal Bayesian Hierarchical Approach to Investigating Patterns of Confidence In the Police at the Neighborhood Level, Geographical Analysis, (2018)

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Harry Hefler (2015 Scholar from Canada, PhD War Studies Research, King’s College London)
‘In the way’: intelligence, Eden, and British foreign policy towards Italy, 1937-38, Intelligence and National Security, (2018)