Student Profiles

The MCR is a diverse and vibrant community, with students from many parts of the world reading for a variety of Oxford University qualifications.

Paul AyernorPaul Ayernor is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. He is currently working on a DPhil thesis entitled: ‘Social Embeddedness, Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults in Ghana’. Paul’s research interests include: methodological perspectives on ageing research in sub-Saharan Africa (Life Course perspectives), Health systems and utilization, social networks, social capital and intergenerational transfer, well-being, happiness and the quality of life of the elderly in sub-Saharan Africa. Paul is also Research Officer for the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. His publications (as sole author) include ‘Diseases of Ageing in Ghana’, Ghana Medical Journal, 45:1 (2011).

Nihal DsouzaNihal D’Souza studies for the BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) at the Faculty of Law, where he focusses on arbitration law, corporate finance law and policy, corporate tax law and comparative human rights law. He is also Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Public Policy. Nihal is passionate about environmental protection and has been involved as a student switch off ambassador with the NUS UK, an initiative to save energy within the University.  His previous education includes a Master of Laws from Europa Institut, Germany, and an LLB degree from Bangalore University. In his free time Nihal is a Chess enthusiast and has played for the Oxford University Varsity Chess team-second league.

Barnaby DyeBarnaby Dye is a DPhil student in the Department of Politics, having studied for an MA in Environment and Development at Kings College, London and BA in Geography at Cambridge. His research focuses on three case studies in Rwanda and Tanzania that examine the dam-building resurgence underway in Africa and the engagement of so-called emerging powers India and Brazil, on the continent. This builds on Barnaby’s Master’s thesis, entitled ‘The Return of ‘High Modernism’?: A Rwandan Case Study of Dam Construction’, which is due to be published as a journal article and presented at the Royal Geographical Society’s International Conference. Barnaby also co-convenes the Oxford Central African Forum (OCAF), assists with the Oxford China-Africa Network (OUCAN) and has created the Natural Resources in Society Seminar Series with an ESRC Interdisciplinary Award, with many of these events being hosted at Regent’s Park College. Barnaby has published on the ‘Politics InSpires’ site and is an active member of the Oxford University Labour Club, occasionally publishing on left-wing blogs.

Ellie McLaughlinEllie McLaughlin is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and she is working on a thesis entitled: ‘Unconscious Christianity: A Neglected Element in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Late Theology’. Ellie completed her BA in Theology at the University of Oxford, before moving to Geneva to obtain a master’s degree in academic and pastoral Theology from the University of Geneva. In Geneva Ellie worked for the Anglican Church as a youth minister and lay assistant. In between her studies Ellie has worked for the British Red Cross, Asylum Welcome, and the ACE Centre Advisory Trust. She is a student of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, and her forthcoming publications include: ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the death of God theologians’ in Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought, ed. by Matthew D. Kirkpatrick (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press). Ellie is married and lives in East Oxford.

Alex PAlexander Pfeiffer is studying for a DPhil in Geography and the Environment with a focus on Stranded Carbon Assets and their effects on Financial Markets. He holds a M.Sc. (German ‘Diploma’) in Business Administration and Management from the University of Mannheim in Germany. During his M.Sc. studies Alexander focused on Corporate Finance, Asset Valuation and Financial Markets and his master thesis analysed the short time effects of short selling bans on market liquidity and other relevant stock market measures. In 2011-14, before Alexander started his DPhil in Oxford he worked for McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Germany where he mainly worked for distressed companies in the renewable energies and energy efficiency sector (mainly PV and LED lighting). He has further work experience from occupations at KPMG (Transaction Advisory), UBS Investment Bank (Fixed Income Sales) and as a volunteer for the ‘New Climate Economy Project’ of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. His research interests are: stranded carbon assets and the carbon bubble, energy policy, effects of climate policies on financial markets, carbon tax, carbon emissions trading systems.

Current students are always welcome to add profiles to this page; to do so email the President.


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