Dr Tanita Louise Addario was born in Aberdeen in 1989 and attended Kittybrewster Primary School, St Machar Academy and received a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Sociology (2018), after completing her MSc in Sociology (with distinction) and MA in Anthropology (first class honours) at the University of Aberdeen. Throughout her studies, Tanita has published research on the role of libraries in communities and has presented her PhD findings at national and international conferences. In 2012, Tanita received the Thomas Glover Scholarship and represented Aberdeen and the Rotary Club of Balgownie in Nagasaki, Japan, following in the footsteps of the influential Thomas Blake Glover. More recently, she has spoken at a Topical Talk meeting in Kaimhill about the life and legacy of Thomas Blake Glover and will be visiting Japan in summer 2019. Tanita is keen to continue to promote friendship and communication between our two cultures.
Tanita is passionate about communities, equalities and social research. She For the past ten years, she has worked in a variety of community facing roles for Aberdeen City Council and Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC) including providing support work to female offenders and facilitating community engagement and events on topics such as the environment and equalities. In 2018, Tanita was sponsored by Aberdeen City Council to undertake an MSc in Community, Learning and Development course (distance learning) at the University of Dundee alongside. In 2019, Tanita was nominated for a Rising Star Award at Aberdeen City Council for her achievements as a community development worker in Torry, Aberdeen. Tanita is active in her local community and is a public member of the New Deer Community Association. In 2019, she successfully sourced funding from the Eat Well, Age Well fund to organise a Big Lunch in the village for all to enjoy.