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PhD Social Studies
Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Level Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]
Student FRANCIS MBANEFO
Status Current
Part Time No
Years 2024 - 2028
Project Title The role of religion and culture in the construction and promotion of maternal mental health in Northern Nigeria. A Qualitative study.
Awarding Institution Robert Gordon University
Director of Studies Katrina Forbes-McKay
Second Supervisor Ruth Woods

Social Studies
Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Level Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]
Student RACHEL YOUNG
Status Current
Years 2019
Project Title Accepting the crisis of the Anthropocene:
Project Description This research aims to explore whether climate activists’ responses to the climate crisis can be understood as a grief process. The theoretical suggestion is that grieving enables the losses associated with the climate crisis to be processed in a way that allows for adapting to a new way of living. Capacities to adapt are potentially critical to survival. The maintenance of a recognisable way of life in the face of a changing environment may hinge on our capacity to engage, enact, and adapt to the changes. This research therefore aims to further our understanding of (a) our capacity to recognise, evaluate and process losses associated with climate change; and (b) how acceptance of these losses impacts our capacity to change and adapt in the face of the climate crisis. The research focuses on climate activists due to an understanding of them as voices of dissent in the face of perceived inaction of governments in response to the climate crisis. Activists are understood in this research to be fully engaged in the available information on climate change. Four research questions (RQs) will be addressed: (1) To what extent do activists frame the climate crisis in terms of loss? (2) What types of loss do they articulate? (3) In what ways can activists’ responses to climate change be understood as a grief process? (4) How do activists understand the relationships between acceptance, activism, and adaptation?
Awarding Institution Robert Gordon University
Director of Studies Ruth Woods
Second Supervisor Katrina Forbes-McKay