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Olivia Petie, Project Officer, Renaisi

Olivia Petie

Project Officer at Renaisi

London, United Kingdom

About Me

I’m a project officer on Renaisi’s research and learning team. I work on a range of different research and evaluation projects.

My experience and skills

Before joining Renaisi I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Newcastle University, achieving a BA in Combined Honours (Geography with English Literature), and an MA in Human Geography Research. It was during my undergraduate dissertation that my interest in research for social impact was sparked, as I wrote about the effectiveness of the National Referral Mechanism for identifying victims of trafficking here in the UK.

Studying for an MA specialised in research then allowed me to learn about a range of different geographical issues, but also take a stream of social research training modules. I then gained a Santander bursary which funded an independent field trip to Ecuador for six weeks to undertake my dissertation research. Here I conducted a participatory research project with a charitable foundation who support young girls who have been trafficked into the sex trade and are now rebuilding their lives in a post-trafficking context.

Alongside my studies I also have a range of experience working on different projects such as working as a research assistant and consultation lead at my university library; and volunteering at the women’s rights charity Bawso, where I undertook support worker shadowing and assisted with a service evaluation project.

My interests

I am particularly interested in issues such of human trafficking and international development. Throughout my studies I chose to focus much of my attention on these areas, and was also president of my university’s International Development Society during the final year of my bachelors. In my spare time I am also an avid reader, baking lover and travelling enthusiast.

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Helping People and Places to Thrive

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Breaking down the 'man box'

Last week the Open University and the University of Liverpool released new research highlighting the experiences of young men aged 18-30....

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