Feb 25, 2022

Finding the Silver Linings in Two Years of COVID

Maija-Eliina Sequeira

Maija-Eliina Sequeira*

University of Helsinki


Received Sylff Fellowship in 2020.
Academic supervisor: Assistant Professor Anni Kajanus
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
I hold an MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Distinction), and a BA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford (First Class). I was awarded the Selwyn-Clarke prize for my Masters thesis, which explored the relationship between children's time spend in work and cognitive test results in Peru. I recently spent 3 years working on a nationwide bilingual education programme in Colombia, and have previously volunteered as a teacher and mentor in Nepal and the UK.

I am currently a PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. My inter-disciplinary background and experiences of working within the field of education in various countries have shaped the development of my PhD project, in which I will explore how children in Santa Marta, Colombia, develop an understanding of inter-personal hierarchies. I will use approaches from both anthropology and developmental psychology in order to understand how the children's social-historical-cultural environment shapes their understandings of hierarchy. I will be undertaking my fieldwork in 2021.

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