Disputing Jewish and Christian Identities in Nineteenth Century Paintings.

This project will investigate the construction of Jewish and Christian identities in the painting "The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple" (1860) by William Holman Hunt and other relevant works. The Jewish nature of "The Finding" has been almost entirely overlooked to date. It has not been examined within the field of Jewish Studies and the attention that it has received within art-historical discourse has focused upon the Christian message offered by the artist and his associates. The scene is known as "The Disputation". Assumed to portray a generalised theological dispute between Christianity and Judaism, it also references scholarly disputations, regarded as determinants of truth within the developing academy.

Creating a space of enchantment: thread as narrator of the feminine

The research concerns the role of enchantment and narrative in my artistic practice. It is based on a body of monumental pictorial works in the medium of thread. Thread offers a particular narrative voice that can be appropriated for feminine needs of concealed meaning, but I will argue that it also serves to clarify the movement between metaphor and realisation that is essential to artistic creation.

Conferred 2017

Angel Meadow: Origin and persistence of Victorian Manchester's hell on earth slum

Victorian Manchester was the world’s first industrial city – the shock city of its age. It was the first to experience the wealth and horrors that rapid urbanisation could bring. More than 200 years later, cities around the world continue to face unprecedented social, economic and environmental challenges. An estimated one billion people around the world live in slums – a figure the UN says will double by 2030. This study will investigate the origin and persistence of Angel Meadow - one of Victorian Manchester's most notorious slums. It will seek to bring context to recent archaeological excavations of workers' housing in Angel Meadow and add to the wider debate about the formation of modern slums.

Ibrik: Invigorating Cultural Heritage Within a Contemporary Context Through Redesign

The ibrik is a traditional Lebanese spouted water vessel with ties to Lebanese cultural heritage. Its production started as early as the Phoenician period in the Mediterranean area. While this object was once common to every household in Lebanon, today the ibrik is rarely used as intended. It either no longer exists or serves merely as decoration. The following project aims to redesign the ibrik through its animated cultural heritage as a craft and as a drinking vessel by embedding it with a contemporary visual dynamism.

Temporary City. Critical Approach to Temporary Urbanism in Post-Socialist and Post-Industrial Contexts

The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Architecture is to critically approach the concept of temporary urbanism and look if there lies an opportunity for triggering urban change on indeterminate landscapes that have emerged as a result of economic decline, reconfiguration of industry or change of regime.

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Conferred 2016

A critical comparative analysis of current emotional intelligence models: towards a generic model and related assessment methodology

This critical comparative study set out to examine existing research in the Emotional Intelligrnce (EI) field, drawing on research from psychology, sociology, medicine, industry, education, and neuroscience, in particular, to explore whether empirical research can point towards a new, generic, model that can serve all these sectors and more. To be successful it will also need a related assessment methodology that can withstand the major arguments within the extant research.

The primary questions central to the research are:

  1. Can a generic framework of abilities be developed that can be widely accepted as a reliable measure of emotional intelligence (EQ) in the same way that general intelligence is measured (IQ)?
  2. To what extent can a single assessment methodology reliably assess adults against such a model?
Revisiting English Chinoiserie from a Perspective of Postcolonialism: How Can New Narratives be Embedded into Cultural Heritage Sites through Art Practice?

A practice-based fine art research investigating the historiography of chinoiserie from a perspective of postcolonialism through exploring how otherness was prescribed to Chineseness.

Exploring the Link: Cognitive Enhancing Drug Use by Students in HE, Neoliberalism and Human Capital

Utilising a qualitative approach, my research will draw on neoliberalism and human capital, with the aim of establishing a theoretical framework of cognitive enhancing drug use by students in UK higher education.

The Geographical Island

The geographical island is a recurring setting for narrative fictions. Within a number of literary narratives the island presents a space at a remove from the behaviour, landscape and culture of the central character’s homeland where familiar structures are readily heightened, critiqued or subverted.

Conferred 2017

<p class="p1">The research aims to identify factors associated with attitudes to mathematics in 9-9 year old pupils in UK KS2 education. Through the use of quantitative methods, the research aims to identify if certain attitudes to mathematics are associated with demographic factors and beliefs towards gender ability.</p>