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Jitka Markova

Jitka Markova

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012

Update October 2012

The past quarter has been difficult for me, full of self-reflection and opportunities to explore my communication style and work patterns.

My research work has mainly centred on analysing data collected from field sessions, formalising statistics and collating them into a report, which has been extremely time-consuming. Much of my personal learning has been about reflecting on my technical background (as an engineer) which is very precise in its data, and my assumption  that readers can access information through spread-sheet s and  pie charts; converting this information into a more narrative style which will appeal to a wider audience has been difficult for me.

I have enjoyed working closely with an art therapist who feeds into my research and gives it a different angle which works really well and compliments the statistical data coming in through questionnaires.

Finally, I have been thinking ahead to the last three months of my research, taking into consideration what the research could be used for (for example,  conferences, workshops, training material) and who the audience for the work is.

After three overseas conferences, I am getting to the final stages of the negotiations with a major private sector organisation’s corporate responsibility team. It has been frustrating to feel out of control and in the hands of others making decisions about my future. I have persisted because I believe this is really important experience in my Fellowship, not only as it gives me an opportunity to work in a major corporate organisation, but also because it allows me to work in a larger and more bureaucratic environment than I’m used to, which I believe will widen my horizons and allow me to make informed comparisons.

Current principal role: UK Representative
Current principal organisation: European Network of Migrant Women
Other leadership role 1: Director
Other organisation 1: Migrant Women's Platform UK
Other leadership role 2: Co-founder
Other organisation 2: EthicalWEBDesign

Research: The aspirations for social inclusion as seen by South Asian Muslim Women Newly-Arrived to the UK (with support from the Home Office)
Research topics: Accessibility; Citizenship; Community development; Equality;
Secondment host: Johnson & Johnson

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