Meet Senior SafeLane Researcher Emily Damerell

This week features Emily Damerell, SafeLane’s Senior Researcher. Emily has recently been promoted into a new role, find out more about it...

Meet Senior SafeLane Researcher, Emily Damerell

Staff Spotlight is the regular SafeLane feature that shines a light on the high calibre of staff that make up your expert team.

Senior Researcher Emily Damerell pictured in front of SafeLane company values

This week features Emily Damerell, SafeLane’s Senior Researcher.  Emily has recently been promoted into a new role which offers her more responsibility and a chance to further progress her skills.

How long have you been at SafeLane?

Erm, nearly 4 years.  Before I joined, I worked at Dover Castle.

Why Dover Castle?

Because I love history!

I started there while I was doing my degree in history; it was local to university for me and it supported my studies.  

I loved the job and talking to people about the history of the place so much, but I wanted a challenge with more opportunities for progression, which is how I joined SafeLane.

I was looking for a role where I could use the parts of my degree I enjoyed the most in a professional setting, and decided a researcher role would suit me well.

I saw the role advertised with SafeLane, and because history is both a personal and an academic interest for me, the role sounded really intriguing and I was delighted when I was offered the post.

How did your degree and passion for history suit the role?

My study specialisms were in WWI and the Cold War; I developed a really good understanding of the societal impact of these wars and how they linked together.  

Joining SafeLane as a researcher was exciting because I could build on this foundation of knowledge.

Also, I learned a lot about WWII in school – so I had a good foundation to continue to build on.

It’s particularly interesting to understand how the ordnance from former wars is still impacting our lives today.

What is your favourite part of your research?

I am passionate about the humanitarian aspect of what SafeLane does.  So, learning about the impact of war on people and culture, particularly the anecdotal records we access, is very interesting to me.  

I find these records provide real, emotive insight into what life is like during conflict.

And with so many conflicts still ongoing in the world, it’s intriguing to learn about them – especially when comparing lives in austere environments to our lives in the UK. 

It’s reassuring to know SafeLane has teams working globally to support stabilisation post-conflict.

And because variety is the spice of life, I particularly enjoy the international research element of my role too.

It’s good to be continually developing my historical knowledge and my understanding of current affairs.

Senior Researcher Emily Damerell on a trip to museum

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned since working at SafeLane?

It’s definitely learning about how other cultures respond to conflict and how people today respond to unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination all around the world.

Understanding the differences in attitudes towards unexploded ordnance in different countries is really interesting, especially when I unpack this further by looking at how ordnance has impacted a particular country or area.

What is the most interesting area you’ve researched for SafeLane?

I think, due to the Cold War being one of my specialisms, I enjoy any opportunity to research Russia. 

There’s a broad aspect of things you need to look at from conflicts throughout the 20th century to today.

The military impact on certain areas of Russia can be huge.  It’s such a massive country and there are a lot of historical complexities to break down and understand to determine the risk of UXO for our clients.

I also really enjoyed working on a project in the North Sea, the marine aspect of the research was particularly interesting.

The sheer volume of ordnance dumped in the sea that’s left over from WWI and WWII affects so many people to this day.  

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