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Personal Statement

Dr Kourova is a Teaching Associate in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Dr Kourova joined the university in 2021 and prior to this (2019- 2021) she worked as a Module Tutor and Teaching Assistant (PT) at the Glasgow Caledonian University in Social Sciences department. Here she gained Associate Fellowship in Higher Education Academy in 2020. In 2020 Dr Kourova also earned her title of Dr Phil for her dissertation thesis: “Biopolitics and the Transformative Powers of Life: The Case of Roma People in Glasgow.” This autoethnographic research used critical social theory to explore Roma community engagement and development, a field where Dr Kourova has had 15 years prior experience on various posts.

Dr Kourova joined the university as a mature worker with professional experience in staff and project management as well as experience in large, medium and small grants fundraising, experience that stems from her pre-academic employment experience. Her academic interests include biopolitics, migration, community empowerment and participation, social inclusion and justice, inclusive teaching, informal learning and widening of access to HE, and mentoring.

In her current post, Dr Kourova has succesfully undertaken module lead responsibilities for various modules within the Educaitona and Social Services BaHons course (Personal and Professional Development; Understanding How People Behave; Context, Policy and Joint Work; Dissertation). Dr Kourova has also successfully supervised students for udnergraduate dissertation. 

Co-Chair of the SWSP GEDI (Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Committee

Co-Lead of the SWSP Children, Young People and Families Research Cluster

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Educaiton, University Of Strathclyde

1 Sept 202230 Jun 2023

Award Date: 4 Sept 2023

Doctor of Philosophy, Biopolitics and the Transformative Powers of Life: The Case of Roma People in Glasgow. , Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow

3 Oct 20167 Jul 2021

Award Date: 7 Jul 2021

Master of Science, Roma People: Problem or Solution?, Social Change in Govanhill, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow

1 Sept 201330 Jun 2015

Award Date: 1 Mar 2015

External positions

Board Member, ConFAB

1 Feb 2022 → …

Board Member, Ando Glaso SCIO

1 Sept 2017 → …

Keywords

  • Biopolitics
  • Migration
  • Inclusion
  • Justice
  • Community Identity
  • Educational Inequalities
  • Higher Education

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  • Empowerment as biopolitical: the case of Roma people in the Czech Republic

    Kourova, E. & Webb, P. S., 11 Nov 2022, The Routledge Handbook of International Critical Social Work: New Perspectives and Agendas. Webb, S. A. (ed.). 1st ed. London and New York, p. 431-446 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • "They live like animals": migrants, Roma and national populism

    Kourova, E. & Webb, S. A., 29 Apr 2022, The Challenge of Right-Wing Nationalist Populism for Social Work: A Human Rights Perspective. Noble, C. & Ottmann, G. (eds.). London, p. 221-236 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter