Previous Events – 2017

Some reviews can be found on the Reviews page.

PubhD #45: Wednesday, 15 November 2017

  • José Pinto (Chemistry) is a second-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He’s currently working at the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry. His research is based in catalysis and trying to create a more sustainable jet fuel that can be used in current day engines, decreasing our dependency from fossil fuels.
  • Cleveland Barnett (Biomechanics) is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics at Nottingham Trent University. Cleveland’s research attempts to understand how lower limb amputation affects the performance of everyday tasks and how improvements in prosthetic design and rehabilitation may benefit individuals living with limb loss.
  • Emily Walker (Microbiology) is a BBSRC funded PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is focusing on the immune system in a single-celled organism (found on Mount Doom!) in New Zealand.

PubhD #44: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

  • Esmeralda Bon (Politics) is an ESRC funded PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is collaborating with the Committee on Standards in Public Life (the CSPL), an independent committee located in the UK cabinet office. Her research revolves around the standards and quality of the (communicative) behaviour of UK public office holders, especially in light of recent political events.
  • Andrew Gomm (Chemistry) is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He is conducting research in the field of biocatalysis. He is interested in how we can harness enzymes to perform chemical reactions that are traditionally find hard to achieve.
  • Anni Bailey (Applied Linguistics) is a PhD student in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on dementia and language, particularly relating to issues of stigma, representation and identity.

PubhD #43: Wednesday, 20 September 2017

  • Martina Magli (Economics) is a ESRC DTC PhD Student at the University of Nottingham. She looks at the effects of services offshoring on employment and wage at the local labour markets level and it affects income inequality in Great Britain.
  • Ross Hart (Astrophysics) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He studies galaxy structure using Galaxy Zoo 2. His research focuses on how the structural properties of spiral arms are related to the properties of their host galaxies.
  • Niki Cheong (Political Communication) is a former journalist who lectures on and research media, power and politics. He is currently based at The University of Nottingham researching online astroturfing by State actors as part of their political communication and propaganda apparatus.

PubhD #42: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

  • James Gaunt (Mathematical Physics) is at the university of Nottingham and his research is in the field of quantum gravity. In this, we try to unify quantum theory and relativity into a single framework. His work entails studying certain mathematical structures that can be used to describe a theory of quantum gravity.
  • Sofia Aatkar (English Literature) is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University and her research focuses on Caribbean-British travel narratives. She is interested in the extent to which Caribbean-born travel writers work within or against travel writing’s imperial inheritance.
  • Lilia Abadia (Museum Research) is a PhD student in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at University of Nottingham. She is researching how Brazilian and Portuguese museums create (post)colonial discourse about Africa in their long-term exhibitions.

PubhD #41: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

  • Riccardo Di Sanza (Chemistry) is a sustainable chemistry PhD student at the University of Nottingham. In particular his field of study is synthetic organic chemistry..
  • Clare Martin (Neurobiology/Genetics) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research is focused on a type of gene regulators called miRNAs. These can change the expression of genes at the level after DNA. She is particularly interested in how they can play a role in the development of and functioning the nervous system.
  • Ruth Brittle (Law) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is researching the rights of children when they are seeking asylum or international protection within the European Union.

PubhD #40: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

  • Abi Rhodes (Critical Theory) is a M3C AHRC funded PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research addresses the role of conversation in campaigns by social movements for a more equal society and how such discussion is utilised within the policy documents of political parties.
  • Mark Anderson (History) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His research considers change in male hair fashions in Britain between the 1950s and 1970s, and asks what this can tell us about attitudes towards authority, gender and consumerism during these years.
  • Tim Murray (Theology) is at the University of Nottingham and is researching ethics of money and wealth in the New Testament. Jesus said some radical things about money; the first Christians had to work out how to put this into practice! He is researching when the first Christians weren’t generous and why.

PubhD #39: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

  • Victoria Barnes (Psychology) is a 2nd year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. Her research is about hoarding behaviours, and she is focusing on developing a new theory of how hoarding develops and the relationships people have with their possessions and living space.
  • Emily Mills (English Literature) is a PhD student in the School of English at Nottingham University. She is researching postmodern fiction and textual editing: researching whether scholarly editions of postmodern fiction can be produced without constraining and/or negating the very elements of a work that define it as postmodern.
  • Gianlluca Simi (Border Studies and Theory) is a doctoral researcher in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham. He looks into the everyday life of border communities between Brazil and Uruguay, in search of the various meanings and functions of the boundary line and how these affect the way people understand themselves and interact with each other.

PubhD #38: Thursday, 27 April 2017 – Lavender Languages and Linguistics special

Lavender Languages and Linguistics 24 (#LavLang24) is an international conference being held in Nottingham in April 2017. The theme of the conference is “Language, Gender, and Sexuality”. Three conference attendees spoke about their research at this PubhD special.

  • Katie Ward (Sociolinguistics) is a third year PhD student in the Department of Culture at Sunderland University. She is researching the lived experiences of trans people in North East England, compared to their representations in the mass media. Her focus is on how trans people name and label themselves and their experiences.
  • Paul Michaels (Social Science) is a part-time PhD student at Durham University and his research examines the motivations for men to become a sign language interpreter and their experience within this predominantly female profession. His previous research includes such topics as the identity, culture and language of the Deaf gay male community, gay sign variation and dating app usage of the Deaf gay male community.
  • Sam Rosen (Applied Linguistics) is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Nottingham whose research explores the identities of asexual people (those who don’t experience sexual attraction) in an online community.

PubhD #37: 19 April 2017

  • Carl Dixon (History) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, studying the Greek sources of the Paulician Heresy (9th and 10th centuries).
  • Gemma Goodall (Mental Health & Wellbeing) is the Research Ambassador for The Arts and Dementia Doctoral Training Centre (TAnDem), and a collaborator at Wellcome’s new project- Created Out of Mind: Shaping perceptions of dementia through art and science. Her main interests are on art and wellbeing within dementia, with a particular focus on musical engagement and interpersonal relationships. She will discuss the progress of Created Out of Mind, and will give an overview of current research taking place within TAnDem.
  • James Wright (Archaeology) is an archaeologist, lecturer and author currently based at the University of Nottingham. He will talk about his current research: Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire.

PubhD #36: 15 March 2017

  • Roy Smith (International Studies) is Course Leader for MA International Development at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on small island states. He is currently investigating the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise in the Pacific and how island communities are responding to the challenges they are facing.
  • Jodie Davies-Thompson (Cognitive Neuroscience) is a vision scientist who has spent many years in the UK, Canada, and Italy, researching the visual system and the changes in the brain that occur when various parts of the visual system go wrong. She is particularly interested in face-blindness, and brain differences in blind and deaf people. She is currently undertaking a postdoc at the University of Nottingham. At this event she will focus on what happens to the hearing parts of the brain, in Deaf people.
  • Hayden Morgan (Geo-engineering) is doing an EngD at the University of Nottingham in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy. His project is on the effect of impurities within the CO2 stream on storage site microbiology. He is particularly looking at the effect of oxygen on hydrogen sulphide production.

PubhD #35: 15 February 2017

  • Basile Boulay (Economics) is a PhD Student at the University of Nottingham. He is researching Tanzanian agriculture and has particular interest in the socio-economics importance of indigenous crops.
  • Alison Woodward (Chemistry) is a PhD student in the Bioprocess, Environmental and Chemical Technologies Research Group at the University of Nottingham. She is using a natural catalyst to turn plant waste into a renewable alternative to crude oil. This sustainable mixture of chemicals would be used to manufacture medicines, plastics, agrochemicals and fragrances.
  • Abdulrazzaq Noori (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) is at the University of Nottingham and is researching power enhancement for medium voltage DC networks.

PubhD #34: 18 January 2017

  • Ruth Nottingham (Microbiology) is a PhD student studying a certain type of bacteria that gets inside and eats other bacteria! This is really interesting at the moment with antibiotic resistance as this could become a new antimicrobial drug.
  • Simon Tarr (Ecology/Geography) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He’s a macroecologist investigating how climate affects the distribution of cold-blooded organisms such as lizards. With climate change continuing at an unprecedented rate, a deeper understanding of how such organisms respond to climate is vital. His talk will discuss whether climate can predict patterns of Anolis lizard species richness across the Greater Antillean islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
  • Olivia Webster (Classics/Archaeology) is a PhD student from the University of Nottingham. She researches religion and cultural identity in Roman Phoenicia (modern Lebanon), using religious imagery on local coins to explore the social significance of religion, as well as the impact of Roman control. As well as coin designs she also studies Roman art and architecture across a diverse range of cities, from Beirut to Palmyra.