Pudding Seminar: Klea Ramaj (MCR), Researching domestic violence, maternal wellbeing, and early childhood development in middle-income countries: The case of Albania.

Early experiences in toddlerhood years, which largely constitute mother-child interactions, create the foundation for future health and behaviours. However, when a mother’s well-being is compromised, so are her capacities to engage in positive and effective parenting. The implementation of evidence-based policies informed by data has been proven to contribute to the reduction of violence against children and its social consequences. However, such data-informed preventive efforts tend to be limited to affluent countries. Although 80% of the world’s population, including 90% of the world’s 2.2 billion children live in low-and-middle-income countries, most research on parenting and child development has been conducted in Western societies. Klea’s PhD explores the pathways between maternal exposure to violence and early child development in Tirana, Albania. To achieve this, Klea spent 10 months in the field, interviewing a representative sample of more than 300 mothers and surveying almost 60 nursery teachers in eight diverse research sites across Tirana. This talk will discuss her experiences in the field as well as some of her initial findings.

Klea Ramaj (she/her) is a current PhD candidate in Criminology at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her PhD is funded by Cambridge Trust and Newnham College. Klea holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (cum laude) from University College Maastricht (UCM) and an MPhil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge.

All staff, students, senior members and alumnae are warmly invited to attend the Newnham Pudding Seminars. For more details please visit https://newn.cam.ac.uk/research/pudding-seminars/ or email Jessie Sklair (js222@cam.ac.uk) or Hana D’Souza (hd425@cam.ac.uk)