Meet the team



Adam is a Lecturer in British History at the University of Edinburgh. Although his teaching and research focus on eighteenth-century Europe, he has led education initiatives within Salaam Baalak Trust since 2010. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and tutor on the university’s postgraduate course in secondary education, Adam also has designed and led various schemes that have brought university students into disadvantaged schools, in Edinburgh, for several years.


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Rachel is a doctoral student working in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Her research project consists of the photophysical characterisation new Fluorescent DNA Base Analogues and their use to investigate the structure and dynamics of DNA. She is also a chemistry Public Engagement Scholar who creates science based workshops and activities to run both in schools and at science festivals. With most science outreach currently aimed at schools within Scotland, she would like to expand it to other parts of the world.



Christopher is a MSc by Research Student in Sociology, with an academic background in the politics and history of South Asia, and a professional background in South Asian policy analysis. His current academic interests lie in nationalist politics and the relationship between religion and electoral choices. When not perfecting his South Indian food, he pretends to enjoy wading through religious classics and dense histories; he also enjoys a light historical novel and translated Persian poetry.



Loritta is a PhD student in Human Geography, and am originally from Hong Kong. Her research interests revolve around informal urbanism, sustainable development and child-friendly cities in South Asia. More specifically, she looks at the freedoms and mobilities which education opens up for waste picker children in India.

Outside of work, Loritta loves taking long walks and discovering new places. She is also an avid linguist and enjoys learning new languages, with a curiosity to uncover what is lost in translation.



Alice is a part-time PhD student in Clinical Psychology. She also works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Edinburgh. Alice is interested in understanding social withdrawal and thinking about how people’s experiences with others affect how they make sense of the world, manage their feelings, and interact with others.

When not working or studying, Alice is a bit of a photography geek and also enjoys practising yoga and spending time in nature.