CHASM International Fellows Scheme 2019
In the New Year we advertised for interested, non-UK based, researchers to apply to become ‘International Research Fellows’ of CHASM for 2019. We had a large number of high quality applications from this call and awarded four Fellowships to three individuals:
- Dr Oana Druta, Eindhoven University of Technology
- Dr Irni Rahmayani Johan, Lecturer at Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia
- Dr Julia Cook, Lecturer in Societies, Cultures and Human Services, University of Newcastle, Australia
The terms of this Fellowship include visiting the Centre in the UK for at least two weeks in summer of 2019 and providing a seminar, open for all to attend. Fellows are also asked to write a brief for our website on an aspect of their work aimed at the CHASM and develop a research project with a CHASM colleague over the next twelve months on a suitable topic of mutual interest.
Reflections of CHASM International Research Fellows
Julia, Irni and Oana reflect on their time at CHASM in Birmingham and outline the future of their partnership with the Centre.
Below you will find information about our International Fellows for 2019 and the work that they undertook with CHASM:
Dr Oana Druta, Eindhoven University of Technology
Collaborator: Dr Louise Overton
Oana Druta is an Assistant Professor with the research group Urbanism and Urban Architecture in department of Built Environment. Oana is a Cultural Geographer and Urban Planner, primarily conducting cross-national research in the field of housing. Her topics of interest include: shared living, homeownership and intergenerational support, housing pathways through the life course, housing markets and the welfare state, neighbourhood regeneration and participation. To date she has researched and written about urban housing phenomena in Detroit, Tokyo, Birmingham (UK), Bucharest, Milan, and Amsterdam.
Oana will be working with Louise on the project: Home investments and aging-in-place: comparing policy contexts and household practices in the UK and the Netherlands. The aim of this collaboration is to develop a comparative framework for analyzing the relationship between social care reforms and older households’ home investment practices, to contribute a critical perspective on aging in place to current social care debates.
The research will culminate in:
- A comparative policy analysis paper in the Journal of European Public Policy
- A CHASM seminar presentation on: ‘Housing assets and intergenerational responsibilities’ building on both Oana’s previous work on support for young adults’ homeownership as well as current work on aging and home investments.
- A policy brief analysing social care reforms in the Netherlands and the UK.
Dr Irni Rahmayani Johan, Lecturer at Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia
Collaborator: Professor Karen Rowlingson
Irni completed her doctoral degree in March 2018 at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis explored ‘The financial knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of university students in Indonesia’. Her main research interests include personal finance, financial education and consumer behaviour. As well as teaching and researching, Irni is a member of the Centre of Disaster Studies IPB and has also participated in empowerment programmes, such as financial education for women, youth, and establishing small business enterprises for communities in Indonesia.
Irni and Karen will be researching the area of financial capability of populations in Southeast Asia. This project will contribute to better understanding of financial capability in Southeast Asia by exploring financial capability in a comparative context using a variety of different models. By doing so, Irni and Karen will be able to understand more about the disparity of financial capability between countries and among specific groups within a population. Irni is also keen to build a strong network of scholars working in the field of financial capability and financial inclusion as part of the project.
The research fellowship will culminate in a:
- Detailed report on financial capability of populations in Southeast Asia
- Joint journal publication
- Strong international network of financial capability scholars
Dr Julia Cook, Lecturer in Societies, Cultures and Human Services, University of Newcastle, Australia
Collaborator: Dr Louise Overton
Dr Julia Cook is a Lecturer in Societies, Cultures and Human Services at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include the sociology of youth, time and housing, and her most recent research addresses Australian young adults' pathways into home ownership, focusing particularly on the role of intergenerational transfers in facilitating entry into the property market. She co-convenes the Sociology of Youth thematic group in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and is on the editorial board of the journal Time & Society. She recently published her first book Imagined Futures: Hope, Risk and Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2018).
Julia and Louise will be working on the project: The bidirectional impact of intergenerational transfers for entry into the property market: Understanding wellbeing implications for donors and recipients. This research seeks to address the under-researched area of the impact of intergenerational financial transfers on donors. It will do so by conducting qualitative, interview-based research with donors and recipients to enhance understanding of the impact of intergenerational transfers for entry into the housing market on the subjective wellbeing of both parties.
The collaboration will lead to:
- A joint journal publication
- A companion study of the impact of intergenerational wealth transfers on recipient and donor wellbeing in a post-industrial Australian city (that provides a field site echoing Birmingham), allowing for secondary use of the data collected during the fellowship, and for further joint publications.
- A CHASM seminar on the research process and findings.
News article about the fellowship: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/faculty-of-education-and-arts/chasm-research-fellowship-awarded-to-dr-julia-cook