Dr Marina Marouda joined the ‘Bionetworking in Asia’ project as a post-doctoral research fellow in August 2014. She will contribute to the project by carrying out research in Viet Nam and other countries in South East Asia.
Marouda’s PhD in Anthropology (University of Edinburgh, 2009) was concerned with death rituals and the makings of kinship in contemporary Viet Nam. Her doctoral research was funded by a studentship from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). Her thesis, entitled ‘Lives intimately connected: the living and the dead in contemporary central Viet Nam’, was awarded the Sutasoma Award by the Royal Anthropological Institute.
After completing her doctoral studies, Marina got involved in multidisciplinary research, first on a project investigating changing occupational cultures at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University, and second, in a collaborative project, involving several UK universities, that examined the ways in which innovative technologies are reconfiguring family life and kinship connections in Britain. She has also been a stipendiary fellow at IIAS (International Institute for Asian Studies), exploring the commodification of cultural heritage in contemporary Viet Nam, and an ESRC postdoctoral fellow at SOAS, University of London.
Her research interests include death, religion and ritual as well as kinship, biomedicine and technology.