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Lise is a DPhil student in International Development. Her doctoral research focuses on access to healthcare for hurricane survivors in the Caribbean region, with a special interest in the treatment of chronic mental illnesses (e.g. depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, ASD).
In particular, she uses mixed methods to explore the processes through which they gained, lost, or were denied access to emergency care in the aftermath of disasters related to the Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Haiti. Her comparative analysis uses a wide range of data (GIS, statistical data, ethnographic accounts, policy documents, poetry and fiction) to understand the determinants of such access, conceptualizations of emergency care, and how survivors describe their experience of loss.
She holds a Dual BA in Social Anthropology and Political Science (University of Louvain), and a MA in International Affairs (University of Ottawa). She previously worked with the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UNHQ, UNEP, OCHA and the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Aside from her academic research, she writes poetry and paints semi-abstract, evocative seascapes. She is a member of St Anne’s College and the president of its Middle Common Room (MCR).