Dr Helen Carr

Helen Carr

Research Affiliate

BA (hons), MPhil (Oxon), Cert TEFL, PG Dip; DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Helen Carr is Founding Chair of the University of Oxford Anthropology and Museum Ethnography Alumni Society and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights.

Currently the only elected Independent Councillor on the Council of the London Borough of Brent, she is an Independent UK Delegate on the Council of Europe.

She has worked with the United Nations Work and Relief Agency for Refugees of Palestine (UNRWA), the World Health Organisation’s Disaster Roster, the British Council and the Zrinyi Miklos Defence University /NATO/Partnership for Peace Language Academy in Budapest. More recently, she was a Lecturer at University of London, Birkbeck College.

An author of print and broadcast material, she is a sought after figure for TV and radio and as an Expert Witness, panellist and reviewer. Working with the BBC Australasian Office in Sydney, Maxwell Business Communications and Television South-West  - she planned the earliest ‘Don’t Die of Ignorance’ AIDS campaigns for television – and with MAS Research and Consultancy the descendent of Mass Observation.

Experience and Expertise

Dr Carr worked with UNRWA in the early days of Arafat’s Palestine Authority, and in E&C Europe during the transition from Communist, Moscow controlled, centralised economy to membership of the European Union and NATO. Her special interests and experience are with groups outside nation state organisation, in particular Czigany/Roma, Gypsy/Irish Travellers. As a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor, with seven years clinical experience with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture as an Expert Opinion, she has also worked extensively with Kurdish populations.

As Research Associate, Dr Helen Carr can address a range of audiences in a variety of media: she designs and manages bespoke training and research.  She has worked closely with a variety of clients, peoples and professions in the UK and overseas, in the public and private sector, from the ‘Big Four’ international auditing consultancies, from cabinet level politicians and policy professionals, to offenders and the street homeless.

Engagement with non-academics is a direction the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography has taken and Dr Helen Carr welcomes enquiries. Speakers of Beas & Lovari, Kirmanji & Surani of particular interest. 

Research and other material index available upon request

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