Duncan Norman scholar selected as BBC New Generation Thinkers 2021

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Adjoa Osei, University of Liverpool academic and Duncan Norman scholar

University of Liverpool academic and Duncan Norman scholar, Adjoa Osei, has been named as one of the ten New Generation Thinkers (NGT) selected by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for 2021.

Through a nationwide search and selection process, the NGT scheme seeks the brightest minds with game-changing ideas that can resonate with a wide audience.

Those who are successful secure opportunities to communicate their research by making programmes for the BBC, supported by training and a year’s mentorship from BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking programme producers.

Adjoa, whose PhD research of Latin American Studies focuses on Brazilian art and culture, said: “I am honoured to be selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker.”

“I look forward to continuing to act as a bridge between the English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking worlds.”

Adjoa Osei was chosen after a four-month selection process, including a series of day-long workshops, and have already undergone training and development with the AHRC.

Adjoa will appear on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme between April and July, and will also work on episodes of The Essay for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next Spring.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said: “With our colleagues at AHRC we want to help those who are engaged in research projects which explore our past and present, find links between the two, and make interesting hypotheses for our future, be able to explain and bring to life their important work to a wide audience.

“This is what the New Generation Thinkers scheme does and that is why we are thrilled to welcome our New Generation Thinkers for 2021.”

Adjoa Osei name was revealed, alongside her nine peers, in a special episode of Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. You can listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000t6fn

The University of Liverpool would like to thank the Duncan Norman Charitable Trust whose generous donation in 2004 to establish the Duncan Norman Scholarships, in memory of the late Duncan Norman, has supported the postgraduate studies of academics like Adjoa, enabling them to succeed and become leaders within society.