School of Health in Social Science

Lakshmi Neelakantan

My research explores the experiences of adolescents' on answering questions on child abuse victimisation, in 3 different contexts (Romania, South Africa, and the Philippines), using in-depth qualitative interviews. More broadly, I am very interested in qualitative approaches pertaining to public health.

Lakshmi is a PhD Candidate at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research explores the experiences of adolescents with regards to answering questions on the ISPCAN's Child Abuse Screening Tools in multiple contexts. This research may be used for development and cross-cultural adaptation of self-report child abuse measures. She is supervised by Dr. Deborah Fry and Prof. Lani Florian at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Franziska Meinck at the University of Oxford. Lakshmi's research is fully funded by the University of Edinburgh, through the Principal's Career Development Scholarship and Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship.

Lakshmi is actively engaged in co-curricular discussions and seminars, and has set up the Child Protection Discussion Group at Moray House. Her teaching experience includes tutoring postgraduate students on the Foundations of International Child Protection course.

Lakshmi holds an MSc in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Chevening scholar. She also holds dual bachelor's degrees in Law and Liberal Arts from the National Law University, Jodhpur (India). She has previously worked with Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) on a randomised controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a nutrition intervention in Tamil Nadu, India. She is also a qualified lawyer with several years of experience in international economic law.


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