Professor Pamela Abbott

Professor Pamela Abbott
FAcSS, FHEA, BSc, MSC, PhD, Pg Cert ED

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I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations and Sociology.

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Professor Pamela Abbott
Professor Pamela Abbott

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Biography

I am a professor in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Centre for Global Development. I am also a member of the Centre for Civil Society and the Rule of Law and the New Europe Centre.

My main research interests are in gender,  wellbeing, quality of life and social quality, and social, economic and political transformations. I have carried out research in the UK, the European Union, the former Soviet Union, East Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. I am an author (with Claire Wallace and Melissa Taylor) of the best selling text An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives (3rd edition 2005), Routledge. My most recent books are (with Andrea Teti, Valeria Talbot and Paolo Maggiolini) Democratisation against Democracy: How the EU Fails the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillian, published in January 2020 and; (with Andrea Teti and Francesco Cavatorta) The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia: Social, Economic and Political Transformations in the Arab World. Palgrave Macmillian, published in January 2018. I have published more than 50 articles in peer review journals.  My work has been published in English, French, Italian, Swedish, Polish, Korean and Chinese. 

I am directing the Fostering a Social Practice Approach to Adult Literacies for Improving People’s Quality of Life in Western Rwanda project funded under the Scottish Government's Scotland Rwanda Programme  (£1.2m, 2017-22). I am: a co-I on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, Providing Timely Evidence to Facilitate the Socio-Economic Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic in Rwanda (2020-2023); on a UK R&I funded project on federalism in the Horn of Africa (2020-2023); and on an AHRC funded project Toward the Development of Post Covid-19 Gender Policy Measures to End Modern Slavery and Exploitation in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector.

 


Qualifications

PhD, Sociology/Social Policy Council for National Awards 1982
MSc, Sociology with Politics Birkbeck College, University of London 1975
BSc, Sociology University of London (externnal) 1970

External Memberships and Affiliations

British Sociological Association


Prizes and Awards

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research

Research Areas

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Specialisms

  • Development In Africa
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Policy
  • International Relations
  • Political Sociology

Research Overview

I am Director of the Centre for Global Development and a member of the Centre for Civil Society and the Rule of Law.

My main research interests are in gender and social quality and quality of life  and social, economic and political transformations. I have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative social reseach methods. I have carried out reseach in the UK and Europe, the former Soviet Union, East Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.


Current Research

I am directing the Fostering a Social Practice Approach to Adult Literacies for Improving People’s Quality of Life in Western Rwanda. The project is funded under the Scottish Government's Scotland Rwanda Programme  (£1.2m, 2017-22). I am: a co-I on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada, Providing Timely Evidence to Facilitate the Socio-Economic Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic in Rwanda (2020-2023); on a UK R&I funded project on federalism in the Horn of Africa (2020-2023) and on an AHRC funded project Toward the Development of Post Covid-19 Gender Policy Measures to End Modern Slavery and Exploitation in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector.

I am  working on a book on the failure of Egypt to democratise with Andrea Teti

 


Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement

I am a member of the National Institute for Health Research Community Engagement Advisory Group.

I publish articles in the Conversation and Open Democracy and regularly give presentations at the Festival of Social Sciences and May Fest. 

 

 


Collaborations

University of Addis Ababa

University of Global Health Equity

Institute of Policy Analysis and Research-Rwanda


Supervision

My current supervision areas are: Politics and International Relations and Sociology.


I am currently supervising seven  PhD students. 

Tahani Alqahtani.  Constructing Women Leaders’ Identity in the Context of Saudi Higher Education.

Tam Nguyen. Counter-hegemony in Vietnam's Civil Society 2009-2019.

Kaleeba Bakali Ali.  A Qualitative Study of the Development and Implementation of a Social Practice Approach to Adult literacies teaching in the Western Province of Rwanda

Nadia Mcube. Zimbabwean Matabele intergenerational mother-daughter Narratives of Menstruation.

Nyirahabimana Astérie. The Contribution of Adult Literacies to Childhood Development: A case Study of Karongi District, Western Province, Rwanda.

Elise Boyle.  Education in the Islamic State. 

Bisrat Kabeta.  Intersection of Advocacy and Governmental Practices under Political Transformation: A Case Study of Civil Society Organisations Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Research Funding and Grants

 Principal Investigator: Fostering a social practice approach to adult literacies for improving people’s quality of life in Western Rwanda project funded by the Scottish Government 2017-2022.

Co-Investigator: Providing Timely Evidence to Facilitate the Socio-Economic Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in Rwanda project funded by the International Development Research Centre (Canadian Government) 2020-2023.

Co-Investigator: Toward the development of post-Covid-19 gender policy measures to end modern slavery and exploitation in the Bangladeshi garment sector funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council 2020-21.

Co-Investigator: Partnership Programme for Capacity Building Centre of Excellence in Good Governance funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach on the 6th Century Course:  Africa:  Sustainable Development for All. I also surpervise PhD students.  

Publications

Publications 

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  • Perceptions of the EU: Activists and public opinion in the Middle East

    Teti, A., Gervasio, G., Abbott, P.

    Handbook of EU-Middle East Relations. Pace, M., Huber, D., Bouris, D. (eds.). Routledge

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Rwanda: Planned Reconstruction for Social Quality

    Abbott, P., Sapsford, R.

    Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability. Martinez, J., Mikkelsen, C. A., Phillips, R. (eds.). 1 edition. Springer, pp. 81-99, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Burundi elections: what’s at stake and what to expect

    Stubbs, T., Abbott, P.

    The Conversation

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Democratisation against Democracy: How EU Foreign Policy Fails the Middle East

    Teti, A., Abbott, P. A., Talbot, V., Maggiolini, P.

    Palgrave Macmillan

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Strengthening interlinked marketing exchange systems to improve water and sanitation in informal settlements of Kigali, Rwanda

    Tsinda, A., Chenowath, J., Abbott, P.

    International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 300-308

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • England case study: Drivers of policy change on child poverty and early childhood education and care

    Abbott, P., D'Ambruoso, L., Paxton, W.

    Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC)

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

  • Ireland case study: Promoting integrated delivery of early childhood education and care services

    Abbott, P., D'Ambruoso, L., Nixon, E.

    Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC)

    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports

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