Professor Pamela Abbott

Professor Pamela Abbott
Professor Pamela Abbott

Professor Pamela Abbott

F AcSS, FHEA, BSc, MSC, PhD, Pg Cert ED

Chair in Education

Accepting PhDs

About

Room 517

University of Aberdeen

MacRobert Building 

King's College

Aberdeen

AB24 3FX

Aberdeen 

 

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 
    1982 - Council for National Awards 
  • BSc Sociology  
    1970 - University of London (externnal)  
  • MSc Sociology with Politics 
    1975 - Birkbeck College, University of London  

External Memberships

Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Advisory Group

British Sociological Association

Funding Board, National Institute for Health Research, Research for Innovation and Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) funding.

Prizes and Awards

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research

Research Overview

I am the 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 gender and social quality and quality of life, and social, economic and political transformations. I have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative social research methods. I have researched in the UK and Europe, the former Soviet Union, East Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences, Politics and International Relations, Sociology.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Applied Health Sciences

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Accepting PhDs

Politics and International Relations

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Sociology

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

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

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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); 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; on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (2021-24) to 

 

Knowledge Exchange

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

I am currently supervising  Eight   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. 

David McCusker. Prison Education: Learning How to Start your own Busines on Release from Prison in Scotland.

Nouf Rasheed.  Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture amongst Doctors and Nurses in Saudi Arabia Hospitals.

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 2020-23.

Principal Investigator: In Their Own Words:  The Democracy Tunisians Want. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council 2021.

Do-Investigator: Assess the Impact and Scalability of Participatory Programs on Reducing and Redistributing Unpaid Care work among Women in Rwanda”: A Case  Study of Reseaux des Femmes Unpaid Care work Project in Rwanda (GRoW Project). Funded by the International Development Research Centre (Canadian Government) 2021-2024.

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

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

Publications

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

    Teti, A., Gervasio, G., Abbott, P.
    Routledge Handbook of EU–Middle East Relations. Bouris, D., Huber, D., Pace, M. (eds.). 1 edition. Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Strangers in Plain Sight: Conceptions of Democracy in EU Neighbourhood Policy and in Public Opinion across North Africa

    Abbott, P., Teti, A.
    The Journal of North African Studies
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Building back fairer in public health policy requires collective action with and for the most vulnerable in society

    D'Ambruoso, L., Abbott, P., Binagwaho, A.
    BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, no. 3, e005555
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Why Tunisians are still out on the streets: a decade after the ‘Dignity Revolution’

    Han, S., Teti, A., Abbott, P.
    The Conversation
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Understanding the political economy dynamics of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) sector in Rwanda

    Tsinda, A., Abbott, P., Chenoweth, J., Mucyo, S.
    International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 265-278
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Failing adult learners: Why Rwanda’s adult literacy education is not delivering

    Abbott, P., Mugisha, R., Mtika, P., Nzabalirwa, W.
    International Journal of Educational Development , vol. 79, 102288
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • 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, Switzerland. 349 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • The tide that failed to rise: Young people’s politics and social values in and after the Arab uprisings

    Abbott, P., Teti, A., Sapsford, R.
    Mediterranean Politics, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 1-25
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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