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Durham University

Ustinov College

2020 Conference Speakers

Appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Sociology in November 2019, Dr. Elham Amini has previously taught at Lincoln University as a Lecturer in Sociology.  She completed her PhD in the sociology of health and gender at Durham University in July 2017. She has a BSc degree in Midwifery from Tehran Medical University, Tehran, Iran, and two Master degrees, one in Women’s Studies from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran and the other in Sociology and Social Research Methods from Durham University. Her work focuses on the gendered and sexual experiences of Iranian Muslim menopausal women through a life history biographical narrative approach and by highlighting menopause, ageing, notions of the body, and medicalisation in relation to sexuality and gender, articulates women’s understanding of and from their menopausal bodies.


Halima Akhter
is a Postgraduate student at Durham University studying to obtain her PhD in Anthropology. Her research focuses on the causes and impacts of high-rate caesarean deliveries in Bangladesh. Halima holds her BSS (Hons) and MSS degree in Anthropology from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh, where she is working as an Assistant Professor.

Noor-E-Afroz Promei grew up in a Muslim family where she has been brought up with Bengali cultural norms. Her interest in research initiated from her family. Her father who is a Professor of Anthropology has bolstered her passion to take this path. After successfully completing her Higher Secondary School Certificate, she was admitted into Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet and chose Anthropology as her intended field where she secured top position among her cohort. Besides studying, she is a professional singer and has achieved national awards. Her affection for music is greatly influenced by her mother’s artistic worldview.

Phoebe Coles is a recent graduate from Durham University. She received her Master of Science degree in Defence, Development and Diplomacy in January 2020. Her research interests include peacebuilding, diplomacy and human rights. Phoebe is an active volunteer and co-collaborator with The Humanitarian Aid Program in Cyprus and is a previous Global Citizenship Programme Café Politique Scholar at Ustinov College.

Caterina Milo is a Northern Bridge PhD candidate in Healthcare Law and part-time tutor at Durham Law School. She has been the Deputy Convenor of the Centre of Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (Durham Law School). She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. She holds an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law from St Mary’s University Twickenham, a 5-year master’s degree in law from University of Siena, Italy, and a Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she practiced as a trainee lawyer in Italy. Her research ranges around reproductive law and ethics, the doctor-patient relationship, global health emergencies, and the right to health.

Zoe Tongue is currently a first-year PhD candidate at Durham Law School, where she also works as a part-time tutor in the area of human rights. Her PhD thesis is on recognising a human right to abortion from the perspective of feminist theory. She is also the Social Sciences Editor for Ustinov College’s scholarly journal Pantomath.

Anjuman Tanha is a MSc candidate in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at London School of Economics and Political Science. Recently, she has worked with Oxfam as a postgraduate student consultant on a research study that aims to understand ways formal social protection can bolster the informal social protection mechanisms in Somalia and DRC during the humanitarian crises. Prior to pursuing her Master’s, she worked served in the Rohingya refugee response with BBC Media Action as a Humanitarian Officer. She has also worked with UNHCR in the Rohingya Refugee response in Cox’s Bazar as an intern in the Protection Unit and completed her BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Asian University for Women, Bangladesh.

Global Health and Human Rights Issues: Exploring Contemporary Experiences of Women

To submit your paper for the Ustinov Annual Conference, email us with your abstract as a word document of no more than 350 words to by 8 May 2020. Please use the Conference Abstract Template document, which is available below.

Please ensure you include:

  • Author(s) name
  • Title
  • Brief biography
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Email contact details