Jana is a Research Assistant at the Young Foundation, interested in understanding inequality and the role of social identities in challenging it. Before joining us, she was awarded a travel scholarship by the R&A in St Andrews in order to visit, volunteer with and record a podcast on local charities and projects that are using food as a force for good. Over the course of a year, she worked with over 30 initiatives in 11 European countries, ranging from refugee-led community kitchens to urban gardening initiatives; from social confectioneries inside prisons to bakery-training-academies for vulnerable women.
Last year she completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of St Andrews, where she was particularly interested in social psychology. Throughout her studies, she researched solidarity-based collective action, investigating what factors mobilize individuals to act on behalf of a social group that they themselves do not belong to. Currently she is working on our next Patchwork Philanthropy Report.