Staff changes at the SCI

With the new academic year just around the corner the SCI is saying farewell to a colleague while welcoming a few new faces this September.


We are sad to say goodbye to Nafhesa Ali, who has started her new permanent position as Lecturer in Sociology at Northumbria University in September.

Nafhesa will continue to work alongside Sherilyn MacGregor, Tally Katz-Gerro and Zarina Ahmad on the TIES project. 

We wish her the best of luck and success at Northumbria University!

As part of the SCI’s visitor programme we are excited to welcome two new visiting PhD students, Mustafa Enes Tepe and Irène Courtin, at the SCI!

Mustafa is visiting the Sustainable Consumption Institute with a grant given by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and will be at the SCI for the duration of the academic year 2022/23. His research project focuses on generational differences in understanding the consumer ethics phenomenon in two different cultures. Prior to beginning this research, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Marmara University, Turkey, and his Master’s Degree from Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Turkey. He is currently a PhD candidate in Marketing at the Social Sciences Institute, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey.

His research interests are focused primarily on the area of consumer ethics, sustainable consumption, corporate social responsibility, company-charity collaborations, and generations.    

Irène Courtin is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Geneva (Department of Sociology). After studying Political Science (Sciences Po Grenoble, France), she obtained a Master's Degree in Environmental Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. She then began a PhD in Sociology in 2018 under the supervision of Marlyne Sahakian.

Her PhD work investigates the forms of collective action in the animal advocacy movement in French-speaking Switzerland. Research questions and issues include:

  • Prefigurative politics and engagements with the future
  • Ideological references and meanings given to veganism and antispeciesism
  • Strategic diversity and collaborations within the movement

Research interests:

  • Social movements and political consumption
  • Prefiguration and engagements with the future
  • Animal rights movements, environmental movements, gender equality movements and their relationships
  • Social practice theory