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Dr Elaine Chase
London International Development Centre
36 Gordon Square
  • Senior Lecturer in Education, Health and International Development
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I joined the Department in January 2016 as  Senior Lecturer in Education, Health Promotion and International Development.  Prior to this I worked in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. For the past 25 years or so I have conducted research and managed programmes in relation to the sociological dimensions of health, wellbeing and rights of individuals and communities, particularly those most likely to experience marginalisation and exclusion.  

I am particularly interested in the interface between policy, practice and context and have carried out many qualitative and mixed-method studies, in the UK and internationally, in a range of health, education, public care and community settings.  This has included research with young parents; young people in and leaving public care; UK and international assessments of young people‚Äôs access to sexual and reproductive information, education and services (including Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa); young people and families affected by HIV/AIDS; families and young people living in poverty; and children and young people seeking asylum alone in the UK.  I have also worked as a national health programme officer /technical advisor in Namibia for a number of years and as a health promotion specialist (sexual health) in the UK. 

Research Summary

Current and recent research projects include the following: 

1) ESRC-funded research project Becoming Adult: Conceptions of futures and wellbeing among former unaccompanied minors.  (October 2014 - December 2017) - Principal Investigator  www.becomingadult.net 

2) ESRC/DfID -funded project:  Shame, Poverty and Social Exclusion and the Effectiveness of Anti-Poverty Programmes: A Comparative Study in Seven Countries (2010-2013)  - Researcher 

3) ESRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Project: Helping to shape global conversations on poverty up to and beyond 2015 (2013-2014)- Co-Investigator (http://povertyshamedignity.spi.ox.ac.uk/home.html) 

4) ESRC/DfID-funded project: Does 'shame proofing' anti-poverty programmes improve their effectiveness? Theory of change and impact evaluation in cross-national settings. (January 2016- 2018) 

5) Rebel Researchers Project : A participatory research project to explore young people's views on spaces to be political in East London. (Project Manager) https://www.spi.ox.ac.uk/research/site/rebel-researchers/home.html 

6) European Commission (FP7)-funded project: Barriers to EU Citizenship :Constraints and Contradictions of European Citizenship (an international collaborative study funded by the European Commission) -with a particular focus on the de facto social rights of European citizens residing in the UK. (http://beucitizen.eu) 

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on the MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development. 

01-AUG-2010 – 31-DEC-2015 Senior Research Fellow Social Policy and Intervention University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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