Athena Swan at SoSS

Athena Swan self-assessment team
Members of the SAT Athena Swan

Athena Swan SAT Members

The School of Social Sciences Athena Swan self-assessment team was established in August 2017. The team consists of members of staff and students from across the School representing both the academic and professional services sectors. The team consists of male and female representatives and both full and part time staff members. 

The SAT team is lead by Dasha Grajfoner and Jemina Napier, and they aim to meet every 6 weeks, the SAT team reports directly to the Head of School. 

We have created some short profiles of the SAT members – please see below.

Dasha Grajfoner

Dasha (Assistant Professor) works on coaching psychology, leadership and animal assisted interventions. She joined Heriot Watt University as a Lecturer in 2012, after working for a few years as a practitioner psychologist with leaders and LGBT organisations on using coaching interventions to advance personal and professional development, wellbeing and mental health. Dasha's research interests are around diversity and gender equality in leadership and how coaching interventions can help in developing diverse leadership at workplace.

Jemina Napier

Jemina Napier (Professor) is an expert in intercultural communication, particularly sign language interpreting. She is a Head of Department so brings the experience of being a senior manager to the SAT, as well as being a working mother in a dual career relationship. Due to her personal experience of growing up in the Deaf community, her involvement in the LGBT community, and professional experience of and working with deaf sign language users, Jemina has a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusivity, intersectionality and social justice in all areas of life.

Tom Farrington

Tom is an Assistant Professor in the Business Management Department, which is part of the School of Social Sciences. His interest in Athena SWAN stems from his research into the politics of aesthetics in literatures and cultures, and from his personal commitment to feminism. He is a feminist and believes that addressing gender inequality is a vital part of being a responsible member of (at least) the society in which he lives, and that academics and the institutions with which they work must lead by example. He hopes that his perspective as an early career researcher will offer some insight into the pressures facing those in a similar, often precarious, stage of academia.

Emma Guion Akdağ

Emma is an Assistant Professor within Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS), part of the School of Social Sciences. Emma joined HWU in 2003 and since then has consistently helped to develop the English section’s activities, most recently within the area of in-sessional academic skills support for postgraduate students across the University. As a part-time PhD candidate (University of Stirling) researching into the ethics and effects of internationalisation, Emma brings to the SAT an understanding of the student experience but also the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance. Outside of work, Emma has caring responsibilities for an elderly parent and has an interest in public perceptions of mental health illnesses.

Olugbenga Abraham Babajide

Abraham is currently a PhD Student in the School of Social Sciences. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Business Psychology with Human Resources Management at Heriot-Watt University. His PhD programme focused on Disability Inclusion for disabled researchers. Abraham is working under the supervision of Kate Sang, Professor of Gender and Employment, and James Richards, Associate Professor and Lecturer in Human Resources Management (and Vice President of University and College Union), both at Heriot-Watt, alongside the Disability Inclusive Science Careers (DISC) project, led by Prof. Sang. The DISC project aims to enhance the recruitment, retention and progression of postdoctoral disabled scientists through participatory action research designed to support employers with disability inclusion.

Dan Hale

Dan Hale is an assistant professor in psychology. As a father of a young son, and the husband of a full-time working mother, Dan has a particular interest in balancing the competing roles of parenthood and work. His research has a strong focus on social inequalities including the role of ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status in health and life chances.

Monica Tamariz

Monica joined Heriot-Watt University in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Psychology. Before that, she was a post-doctoral researcher and teaching fellow at Edinburgh University’s Centre for Language Evolution. Both in her academic work and in her social life she seeks to understand cultural transmission. In particular, she is interested in the idea that the behaviours we observe, learn and produce are key to explain how attitudes and values emerge in individuals and persist over generations. She has two teenage children and is married to an academic. She believes that equal opportunities and equal recognition should be fundamental values in any enterprise, and is delighted to have the opportunity to promote them in academia.

Andrea Eross

Andrea is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Accountancy, Economics and Finance Department within the School of Social Sciences. Andrea joined Heriot-Watt University in May 2016 prior to receiving a PhD in Finance from the University of Southampton, UK in 2015. Her research focuses primarily on liquidity risk contagion, endogenous risk, financial crises and the effectiveness of the Basel regulations. Being an early career researcher, Andrea is particularly interested in advancing gender equality and removal of progression barriers of women in academia.

Arturs Praulins

Arturs Praulins is an Assistant Professor in Accountancy. Arturs is particularly interested in the sociology of the accounting profession, a critical analysis of accounting field and its structure in the post-Soviet countries. Using a theoretical framework developed by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, Arturs explores the feminisation of accounting and its relationship with low professional prestige and remuneration, differences between career paths pursued by female and male accountants, the role of masculine domination and phenomena of invisible “glass escalator” and “glass ceiling” that most accounting professionals encounter while moving up the corporate career ladder. Arturs brings to the Self-Assessment Team his perspectives as a critical qualitative researcher with skills and experience in conducting interviews, coding and analysing transcripts.