Dr Rebecca O'Connell (UCL)
Francesca pursued a joint undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and English at the University of St Andrews. In 2015 she was awarded an MPhil in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford. She conducted research for her MPhil thesis on children with congenital diseases in the State of Mexico, focusing primarily on structural violence in the public health care system, and on constructions of parenthood in relation to a child's disability.
Her current research on children's eating habits and food policy in London is funded by a Bloomsbury Colleges Studentship. Her project spans a variety of areas, broadly: medical anthropology, the anthropology of food, childhood studies, gender, and class.
Francesca's doctoral research was conducted in an inner-London nursery and children's centre over a 12-month period. As well as investigating the ways in which children create their self and peer identities through food and eating practices, her work explores how children's food policy fits into family intervention policies more broadly, as well as how notions of 'good food' and 'good parenting' (particularly 'mothering') are interlinked.
- Contemporary Childhood Conference, University of Strathclyde, September 2018.
- RAI Conference: Art, Materiality and Representation, SOAS, University of London, June 2018.
- Writing Across Boundaries, University of Durham, April 2018.
- Centre for Doctoral Education Summer Conference, Institute of Education (UCL), University of London, June 2017.
- SOAS Postgraduate Food Studies Research Workshop 2017: ‘What is good food?’, SOAS, University of London, June 2017.
- Human Welfare Conference: Reinventing Empowerment in the 21st Century, Green Templeton College Oxford, May 2017.
- Thomas Coram Research unit (UCL)