Department for Health

Doctoral student receives Royal Anthropological Institute award

Wed Jan 18 15:56:00 GMT 2017

Carys Banks has won the 2016 Sutasoma Award in recognition of the potential outstanding quality of her research and its expected contribution to social anthropology.

Her research has been exploring how government policy impacts the everyday practice of learning disability support in the UK. She has examined policies focused on empowering people with civic and economic rights and responsibilities over their lives, and how these work in the context of support for people with learning disabilities, individuals who can be vulnerable and tend to rely on others to help manage their lives.

Carys is now in her final year in the Department for Health writing up her research.

Speaking about the award, Carys said: “To have my research recognised by the Royal Anthropological Institute in this way is a tremendous honour, and a highlight of my academic career to date. I’m very excited about disseminating my findings to wider audiences.”