POSTGRADUATE PROFILES

In the world of hypercomplexity and hyper rapid changes the answer to the escalating economic and social problems can only be a complex, comprehensive solution. And such a solution is more likely to emerge from design focused interdisciplinary collaborative networks which I believe will have the advantage in innovation. The question is how to "manage" such complex networks.

Landscapes of Identity: Visual Mapping System – Place Identity – Ethnically Diverse City

This research argues that deterministic decisions to fundamentally evolve the planning and design process to accommodate the diversity and temporality of urban occupation based solely on conventional inventory and analysis are severely lacking in representing social and emotional aspects of place and geography (Toms 2010).

A Creative Writer’s Investigation into Representations of Nurturing, Single-Parent Fatherhood in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction

My research examines the portrayal of nurturing, single-parent fathers in children’s literature through the development of paternal characters in a young adult novel. It privileges creative practice over other research activities, exploiting those scholarly theories which resonate most deeply with my creative concerns.

Algorithmic iconography: Intersections between iconography and social media image research

63% of social media consists of images: about 2,000,000,000 pictures are shared daily. I use iconography to understand why people find some pictures more resonant than others. As a case study, I examine the 1,000 most widely-shared tweets arising from the refugee crisis arising from the death of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian refugee child found drowned on a Turkish beach in 2015.

Conferred 2019

The Human Body as a Building Architectural Colossi and their Metaphors

The research will be based on the relation of human body and architectural structures; especially how the human body has been the inspiration for the exterior shape of several architectural human colossi and how it was used as a building itself.

Experiencing ‘Ghost Developments’ in Post-Crisis Ireland: A practice led interdisciplinary investigation into land, private property and public space

I am a filmmaker currently conducting practice-led research into the newly built environment in post-economic crisis Republic of Ireland, with particular reference to unfinished housing estates and vacant commercial property- which I refer to as 'ghost developments'.

Conferred 2017

Designing for Breed: Realigning British wool within the current UK knitwear industry

Over 60 different varieties of sheep are present in Britain today, reared by over 45000 farmers (BWMB 2009). Using a practice based enquiry, this research will examine the contribution of individual breed knowledge and new technologies in developing and encouraging sustainable British knitwear design and production.

Conferred 2018

Global Artisanship and the Future of Luxury Fashion

The intent of this research is to clarify the connections between the type and level of intervention and the market placement, as well as the relationship to success. The general aim of the research is to identify the collective best practices from across a broad range of governmental aid agencies, NGO’s and mission driven for profits whose aim is to support artisan enterprise in the textile and apparel sectors. The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of different models, their commonalities and their differentiations, with the intent to develop a theoretical framework that could be used to support existing and future sustainable development programs in the craft sector.

Spaces of Cultural Resistance: The Contestation Between Tradition and Colonial Housing Typologies in Southern African Townships - Zimbabwe (1894-2005).

My research investigates housing typologies introduced by the dividing policies of colonial segregation. Through an analysis of cities conceived on the basis of ‘colour lines,’ it will explore how colonial architects and town planners as agents of empire exercised ideological practices, bringing them to bear upon the practical needs of future occupants. The study will proceed to analyse the impacts of colonial archetypes on the native inhabitants and examine spatialities created during moments contestations between forms and occupant customs. Furthermore, the research will reinvigorate the disengaged discourse, between occupants as social organisms and anti-social industrial housing, developed during emergence of colonial industrial and factory systems. Here, as in other global urban locations, that were/are designed on the basis of segregation to enhance an elite groups power and wealth ; the thesis intends to identify solutions to these marginalised spatialities. It aims to show how the differences between cultural methods of existence and imposed architecture grounded in colonial ideological legislation, needed/need reconciliation to conceive coherent mechanisms that accommodate for changes in postcolonial urbanism.

Gothic Contagion: A Trans-Disciplinary Exploration of the Gothic Mode's Representations of Infectious Disease and its Implications for Public Health

This thesis sets out to investigate the ways in which Gothic depictions of contagion mediate public perceptions about health, wellbeing and community at key moments of crisis in the evolution of capitalism.

In Search of the Shortcuts – The Past in the Present. How walking and narrative interact in physically embodied space, virtual space and psychological space, in the context of a self-initiated artistic residency.

In Search Of The Shortcuts is a practice-led research project carried out from the perspective of an artist. By engaging in a practical and theoretical analysis of how walking and narrative interact in physical, virtual and psychological realms, it asserts that this interaction is vital for defining space. A self-initiated artistic residency is both central to the methodology of the project and enriched by the knowledge gained through the research. In Search Of The Shortcuts situates the past in the present, a shared affective experience around the suburban spaces of the artist’s childhood in Wythenshawe, which lies on the outer fringes of South Manchester. The artist also addresses the relationship between expanded drawing methods and narrative representation, in order to explore how the influence of Wythenshawe and the socio-political context of the 1980s have impacted on his practice.

Conferred 2017

Creating Images of Belonging through Diasporic Touch

My research project examines issues of belonging in the Swedish diaspora in the north of England bringing a minority discourse into the public realm. I am developing a notion called diasporic touch exploring how a combination of seeing, touching and creative writing opens up an imaginary space where ‘there and then’ is ‘here and now’, and where the process of making art generates a sense of belonging.