Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Kiara Wickremasinghe

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Department of Anthropology and Sociology Graduate Teaching Assistant
BA (Cambridge), MA (SOAS)
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Thesis title
Innovation in Psychiatric Crisis Care: An Ethnographic Investigation into Peer-Supported Open Dialogue (POD) in Inner London (working title)


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Kiara holds a Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentship (2019) and is currently conducting fieldwork in London towards her PhD in Social Anthropology. Her PhD is part of a broader UKRI ESRC-funded Anthropological Study of Peer-Supported Open Dialogue (APOD), which is following an ongoing NHS randomised controlled trial in psychiatric crisis care.

Kiara’s research path thus far has been diverse, having read for a BA in Geography at the University of Cambridge (2016) and an MA in Music in Development at SOAS (2017). Her master’s dissertation examined musical responses to disaster following the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Her research interests turned to mental health during her master’s when she conducted research on the impact of collaborative music workshops for service users recovering from psychosis and accessing care in a London community mental health team.

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