Olivia Rafferty

Writer London, UK

Hi, I’m Olivia (She/Her). I am a news reporter for a specialist law publication, Global Competition Review. I have a degree in Journalism from City, University of London and previously worked at vegan and climate change publications. I grew up in Italy, but now call London my home. View my Twitter and LinkedIn.

Hi, I’m Olivia. I am a news reporter for a specialist law publication, Global Competition Review. I have a degree in Journalism from City, University of London and previously worked at vegan and climate change publications. I grew up in Italy, but now call London my home. Outside of work, I am passionate about human rights and the Arabic language. This is how I stumbled across Thred — particularly it’s social change section. As an aspiring Middle East correspondent, I balance my free time between listening to Arabic rap, perfecting my hummus and falafel recipes, and reading about or interviewing those who have escaped the world’s worst conflict. View my Twitter and LinkedIn.

Latest Stories from Olivia

Are we ready for metaverse schools to be the new norm?

Are we ready for metaverse schools to be the new norm?

Global school group, Inspired, is the first of its kind to be launching a school in the metaverse, but what does that mean for education and how do students and teachers feel about it? ‘We are becoming better at realising that, as educators, we aren’t just “exam conveyor belts”. Students entering the job market in 2022 require an entirely different skill set to be able to thrive and succeed,’ says...

By London, UK
How can sleep make us happier?

How can sleep make us happier?

Our generation has heaps of responsibility on its shoulders – so much so that we might often forget the most important tool to get through the day is high-quality sleep. With the first day of spring, the Hindu festival of colours, Holi, pancake day, and international happiness day, March is always bursting with reasons to celebrate. But one celebration that a lot of people often overlook is World Sleep Day. Every...

By London, UK
You decide – is it possible to get rid of anxiety?

You decide – is it possible to get rid of anxiety?

With increasing social media pressure, global conflict, the climate crisis, low employment rates and rising energy costs, young people have a lot to be anxious about today. But must we live with anxiety, or can we train our bodies to expel it? If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve experienced anxiety at least once before. Anxiety is feeling uneasy; it’s having a mild – or severe – fear about something that...

By London, UK
Diabetes doesn’t have to lead to disordered eating

Diabetes doesn’t have to lead to disordered eating

Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are more than twice as likely to experience an eating disorder than people without, yet specialists continue to encourage carbohydrate-counting and food logging. How can diabetics avoid sliding down the slippery slope of disordered eating? Finding a balance between the right intake of food versus insulin is a dilemma diabetics face from the very outset of their diagnosis. So it’s only natural that, at...

By London, UK
Seven diabetes myths debunked

Seven diabetes myths debunked

While diabetes can be traced back to Egypt in 1550 BC, the condition is still deeply misunderstood nearly 4,000 years later. Here are a few common misconceptions, debunked. Technology and the internet are removing the mystery surrounding diabetes for both Type 1 and Type 2 patients. With information always available at our fingertips, online communities spanning the globe, and body monitors tracking our blood sugar at all moments of the day,...

By London, UK
Opinion – How I came to terms with Type 1 diabetes

Opinion – How I came to terms with Type 1 diabetes

Getting diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 21 was nothing short of life-changing, but in a matter of weeks I have learned there is a silver lining to everything – even chronic health conditions. ‘There will be moments where you’ll think: “Why me?” but you can’t think that way. Because there is no “why” and this is just something that is now part of what makes you, you.’ My nurse, Dorcas,...

By London, UK
Where are we with climate education?

Where are we with climate education?

This month, the world celebrates International Day of Education. But as the climate crisis continues to approach us, where does it sit in our curriculums and why is it ever more critical that we teach our children how to tackle it? I still remember the first time I learned of climate change. Although, back then, it was more widely known as global warming. It was during a rainy science lesson in...

By London, UK
Opinion – Italian art must acknowledge its powerful women

Opinion – Italian art must acknowledge its powerful women

The proposed erection of a statue celebrating the world’s first woman to get a PhD has sparked backlash across Italy. Should society still be allowed to debate the creation of art that salutes the female gender? In 1678, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first-ever woman to receive a PhD. In 1776, the city of Padua, where she had lived and died, decided to erect 88 statues of all its important,...

By London, UK
Opinion – Let’s drop our self-improvement obsession in 2022

Opinion – Let’s drop our self-improvement obsession in 2022

Reports predict almost half of UK citizens vow to exercise more, improve their diet, or lose weight at the turn of a new year. But is that an image we should still be chasing? Food, sparkling wine, Christmas markets and snow; I have loved this time of year ever since I can remember. But soon after the laid-back lifestyle and the feasts comes 1 January and its long list of to-do...

By London, UK
Living with someone on the hunt for a work visa

Living with someone on the hunt for a work visa

In the year ending March 2021, there were 37% fewer work-related visas granted than the previous year, reflecting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. What is it really like for those looking for a work visa? In the journalism sector, which has already dramatically shrunk in the past decade, many visa-dependent graduates have faced a strenuous journey to employment. I didn’t know how privileged I was until I met someone who...

By London, UK