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Dr Alexandra Albert
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Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
  • Research Fellow ActEarly
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Dr Alexandra Albert is a social researcher based across the Thomas Coram Research Unit, in the Social Research Institute at UCL, and the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group in the Geography Department at UCL. She is currently a post doctoral research fellow on the Medical Research Council-funded ActEarly UK Preventative Research Partnership, supporting citizen science and coproduction activities in public health, and supporting the work of the Healthy Livelihoods and Healthy Learning pillars of the consortium. 

Prior to ActEarly, she was seconded to UK Research and Innovation’s Public Engagement team to help set up a citizen science programme in 2019. She spent 2018-2019 working on the EU H2020 funded Doing It Together Science (DITOS) project helping to deliver citizen science activities across Europe, and completed an internship with UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab in 2017. Prior to starting her PhD research, Alex worked as a social researcher for the LSE Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Arts Council England and The Work Foundation. 

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Research Summary

Dr Alexandra Albert completed an ESRC-funded CASE PhD in applied social research at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) at the University of Manchester in March 2019. Taking a critical investigatory approach through a series of case studies, her work explored the practices and processes of citizen social science – namely how people can be mobilised to engage in conducting social research, and the challenges and opportunities of using the data generated to tackle social issues. Her research interests include citizen science, participatory inventive methods, public sociology, and inclusive development.

Teaching Summary

Apr. 2018 – present Guest lecturer on Citizen Science Environmental Geography MSc Module

  UCL

Mar. 2018                      Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, portfolio 

submission

Feb. 2014 – Jun. 2018    Teaching Assistant, Social Statistics, School of Social Sciences, 

University of Manchester

The modules I have been a Teaching Assistant for are: 

-       Methods and Research Design postgraduate course in Social Statistics

-       The Survey Method in Social Research undergraduate course in Social Statistics

-       Understanding the Politics of Everyday life undergraduate course in Politics

-       Understanding Social Media Data undergraduate course in Social Statistics

-    Unequal Societies, Health, Well Being and Happiness undergraduate course in Social Statistics.


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