Commonwealth Scholars had the opportunity to share their research and get feedback from others at a conference hosted by the University of Nottingham on 22 July 2016, organised by the Midlands and Oxford Regional Network Coordinator, Jalilu Ateku (2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Ghana, PhD Conflicts, Governance and Development, University of Nottingham).

In attendance were 25 Commonwealth Scholars, as well as staff from the CSC and the University of Nottingham’s International Office. The keynote speech was given by Isata Mandoh (2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Sierra Leone, MSc Advanced Nursing Studies, University of Nottingham), who spoke about how her scholarship will enhance the provision of healthcare in her home country. Nine Scholars, undertaking Masters’ or PhD study in a wide range of disciplines, also gave presentations on their research.

Scholars had the opportunity to exchange ideas to improve their research, helping ensure that it is effective in achieving its aims. The CSC also shared information about how Scholars can stay involved as active alumni when they return to their home countries.

Pictures from the conference are available on the CSC Flickr site.

Scholar presentations

Mitigating the filthiness of fieldwork by localizing generic strategies
Joyce Vuban (2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Cameroon, PhD Education, University of York)

Rituals and protest of the Meitei Community in Manipur, India
Debanjali Biswas (2013 Commonwealth Scholar from India, PhD Social Anthropology, King’s College London)

Promoting urban trees for climate change adaptation and mitigation: Exploring the possibility of ‘a house, a tree strategy’ from Ashaiman municipality, Ghana
Mathias Edetor (2015 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Ghana, MSc Climate Change and International Development, University of East Anglia)

How are contract workers managed in the complex governance structure of a Special Economic Zone in India?
Soumya Mishra (2015 Commonwealth Scholar from India, DPhil International Development, University of Oxford)

Is higher household wealth a reflection of better child health outcomes? Analysing the impact of maternal employment on child health across surveys and gender
Gabriel Wasswa (2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Uganda, PhD Economics, University of Nottingham)

Explaining the differences in premium contribution in government support CBHI in Rwanda
Gowokani Chijere Chirwa (2014 Commonwealth Scholar from Malawi, PhD Economics, University of York)

The role of STAT6 in beta-cell health
Afi Leslie Kaiyven (2015 Commonwealth Scholar from Cameroon, MPhil Medical Studies, University of the West of England)

How to improve antibiotic prescribing in primary care as a measure to contain antibiotic resistance in Bangladesh
Sajal Kumar Saha (2015 Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh, MPH Public Health (International), University of Leeds)

Immune checkpoint inhibitors in triple negative breast cancer
Abigail Amoah (2015 Commonwealth Scholar from Ghana, MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology, University of Nottingham)