Dr Gabi Recknagel
Research Development Advisor
Office hours: Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 10-18.00
Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays. 10-18.00
I have been developing and supporting research funding at the University of Exeter since 2014, after completion of a PhD in Sociology. As Discipline Lead for the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology (SPA, in SSIS) and for Human Geography (CLES) I am the first point of contact for academics in these departments.
PhD Sociology, Goldsmiths College.
MA in Environmental Management, Institut Eco-Conseil and ENSAIS, Strasbourg
Post-graduate degree (equivalent of an MRes) in Irish History and Civilisation (Sorbonne, Paris)
First degree ('Licence') and Masters ('Maitrise') in Administration Economic et Sociale, University of Tours, France
Abitur (German A-Levels) in Maths, French and German, Bonn, Germany.
I joined the University of Exeter in 2014 after a professional career as funding advisor in the Voluntary and Community Sector and in Further Education. Much of my work involved developing and managing Adult and Community Learning projects and securing funding from a wide range of sources – as well as advising small organisations on securing external funding. I have both led and participated in several flagship projects, funded by the EU and UK government, and worked with partners across sectors, countries, and with policy makers.
In my ESRC-funded PhD in Sociology (Goldsmiths College) I investigated the relationship between govenment-funded programmes of 'active citizenship' and the support of 'active citizens' in and through adult learning in the voluntary sector. Specifically I explored the agency and impact of disadvantaged active citizens supported through government programmes, and whether and how this contributed to their own and others' empowerment.
Having experienced research from the outside of academia in this and other instances I am rather in favour of 'impactful' research - research that makes a difference and can inspire change. This is not easy, however; my own experiences of third-sector research collaborations have been published in an ESRC seminar paper available on my profile page on academia.edu
When not working, and to maintain my sanity, I go hiking in the SW, read a book or relax with a pint of ale. Half a lifetime of non-scientific evidence that these things are good for you…