Academic PositionGraduate Student
I work on non-governmental politics in post-war Britain. I am interested in the relationship between the welfare state and voluntary groups and the ways in which ethical concerns around issues such as homelessness, child poverty and living standards were transformed into political action. In my dissertation, I plan to examine how national and international non-governmental groups developed new forms of expertise and campaigned for their causes through mass media and, more specifically, through films and television. I hope to show how the voluntary impulses in society shaped a new understanding of the political, in which ethics of welfare was not a monolithic system but a hyper local one that extended beyond the boundaries of the parliamentary system.