The Amiel & Melburn Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Lo as this year’s Research Fellow. Joe will be working with Campaign Against Arms Trade on research into the political influence of the arms and security sectors in the UK, analysing the connections between companies and the government with a view to underpinning CAAT’s policy recommendations, feeding into published research outputs, and informing the research and campaign organisation’s wider work.

The annual research fellowship is funded by The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust to give an individual the opportunity to further develop their skills and interests in research within the not-for-profit sector.

Joe studied politics at Sheffield University, and achieved a distinction in his MA in Journalism from Kingston University. Prior to the fellowship he held various paid and voluntary journalism posts, including news editor at Container Management magazine and reporter at London 24 and Pink News.

The fellowship will run until October 2017, and any publications Joe leads on for CAAT will be made available on the Trust’s website.

The Research Fellowship is an annual initiative which is carried out in conjunction with a partner organisation. The Fellowship is intended to facilitate research with a socialist orientation, consistent with the broad aims of the Trust. One of the aims of the initiative is to provide an opportunity for young researchers to develop their research interests and capacities in a politically focused environment and thus, over time, enhance the human resources that can support radical research.

Previous partner organisations include: Compass, Ruskin College, the TUC, The Equality Trust, New Economics Foundation, the Fabian Society.