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Ruth Baldacchino

My work focuses on queer studies and “LGBTI politics”. I’ve been involved as a queer activist for the past 9 years starting with the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM). I was Secretary General of IGLYO – the International LGBTQ Youth Organisation, Executive Board Member of ILGA-Europe and since 2005 I’ve been one of the two European Representatives on the ILGA World Executive Board.

I received a B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology from University of Malta, an M.A. in Women Studies from University College Dublin, and currently working on my PhD at Trinity College Dublin. I have conducted auto/ethnographic fieldwork in Ireland and Malta for my doctoral research, which is a multilayered exploration and analysis of my personal experiences as a queer activist, migrant and researcher. I am particularly interested in understanding the experiences, challenges and shift practices around such phenomena as non-heteronormative sexualities and migration and engage in areas such as queer migrant narratives.

Research Interests: Queer studies, feminist theories, sexuality, trans/gender theory, queer desire and history, human rights and international queer activism, sociology of sexuality.

Ruth Baldacchino

Dr Elise Billiard

Having spent my childhood travelling between France and the Congo I was inevitably exposed to a multitude of cultural differences and the ways in which these differences had resounding implications on societies. Rather than seeking the exotic I was drawn to mundane everyday domestic life, particularly that which revolved around the kitchen and the endemic dialectic that confronts tradition and modernity. This early interest would see me return to equatorial Africa (Cameroon) to complete my first degree in anthropology. I continued to question the very nature of tradition through food culture, a topic which was to be this subject of my doctoral thesis on National Identity and food culture in the Maltese Islands where I pointed out how traditions can be used to create a particular picture of the nation. My recent interests in material culture have led me to urban anthropology through TRANSIT, an urban art project that poses questions on the individual imaginary of urban space.


Dr Helena Dalli

My research interests are in governance, power and public policy.  While my academic background is in political, legal and economic sociology, my hands-on experience in politics directly linked to decision-making is my immediate contact with people’s lives.   

Dr Helena Dalli

Dr Maria Brown

Maria Brown holds a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education, a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Italian. She is visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Her research interests are in sociology, education, work and employment, social policy, Europeanisation, sustainable development and research methods. Her experience also includes work for the Council of Europe, the European Commission, Eurydice and the Ministry for Education and Employment. She has carried out voluminous research and published in academic peer-reviewed publications.







Dr. Maria Brown


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