Previous Events – 2019

PubhD #67: Wednesday, 20 November 2019

  • Lucy Judd (History) is a Nottingham Trent University PhD student. She is researching examples of early modern Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire gentrywomen’s ‘receipt books’. These are, essentially, recipe compilations consisting of medicinal remedies and culinary favourites representing a culmination of domestic knowledge in the household, over a period of time. Receipt books hold interesting implications not only for the history of food and medicine in the local area, but also in identifying local networks of recipe sharing, and the ways in which women engaged with reading, writing and learning in the period.
  • Amy Manktelow (Politics) is researching International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. Specifically, she is looking at manipulation of the EU by the UK and what this means for UK/EU relations in context to external migration control.
  • Bart Pander (Biology) is a PubhD alumni who four years ago spoke about his PhD research on gas eating bacteria that are used to produce biofuels. After moving around a bit he came back to Nottingham last year to co-found Deep Branch Biotechnology Ltd. This company is developing a technology that uses bacteria to transform industrial carbon dioxide into high quality animal feed ingredients. In these second ten minutes of PubhD fame, Bart will lead us from the origin of life, via his PhD research and starting the company to the sustainable future of food, bioplastic and chemicals production.

PubhD #66: Wednesday, 16 October 2019

  • Ashley David Gallant (History of Art)  is a curator and PhD student at The University of Nottingham. His research looks at art collections held in museums, collections that are owned by us, the public. His research asks what role copyright law has had in deciding what art is in museums and if we changed copyright law would our public art collections be more radical?
  • Ashley Chhibber (Classics) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, working on Latin narrative poetry from the first century of the Roman Empire. His doctoral research focuses on breakdowns of speech and communication in poetic representations of civil war.
  • Anja Thompson-Rohde (History/Archaeology) has just submitted her thesis to the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. She has examined over 5,500 coins issued in England by William the Conqueror and his successor William Rufus, and has discovered fascinating stories about the time of the Norman Conquest. She has also investigated how UK museums are using their coin collections to tell these stories, and developed some recommendations for how they could improve this! Anja spoke at PubhD four years ago, when she was just starting out on her research; come along tonight to find out the results.

PubhD #65: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

  • Blandine French (Medicine) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham funded by ESRC. Her research is focused on GPs’ understanding of developmental disorder, most specifically attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
  • Catrin Fear (Bioarchaeology) is researching lead use and its impact in medieval Britain, as well as the effects of lead poisoning on the skeleton. She is funded by the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.
  • Charlotte Blake (Bioengineering) is a final year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is currently using additive manufacturing (known to most of the world as 3D printing) to produce personalised heart implants.

PubhD #64: Tuesday, 13 August 2019

  • Cassidy Croci (Viking Studies) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. She uses Social Network Analysis to visualise familial, spatial, and social networks in Landnámabók, a medieval text recounting Icelandic settlement.
  • Joshua McAteer (Medical Physics) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham in the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre. His work is mainly focused on trying to make MRI scans faster without reducing the image quality, as well as coming up with new ways of analysing the images from them.
  • Benedict Claxton Stevens (Biotechnology) PhD student at University of Nottingham working on methane eating bacteria and how they can be used to turn natural gas and waste gas from land fill and waste fermenters into animal feed and bioplastics, hopefully in a way that’s both environmentally friendly and economically viable.

PubhD #63: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

  • Emily Chambers (History) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She studies how aristocratic women in the mid-sixteenth century could hold authority and exert influence, and how their social connections to each other and to male politicians enabled them to maintain political links to the Tudor regime.
  • Thomas Stanton (Geography) is a third year PhD student in the School of Geography. His research has quantified microplastic particles in the upstream reaches of the Trent Catchment and in atmospheric fallout across the University of Nottingham’s three UK teaching campuses.
  • Thea Lawrence (Classics) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her thesis examines the use and representation of perfume and the perfumed female body in ancient Rome.

PubhD #62: Wednesday, 19 June 2019

  • Ibtisam Ahmed (Politics) is a PhD student at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His thesis interrogated and deconstructs the ways in which the British Raj was an attempt at a colonial utopia, and he shifts the narrative to marginalised anti-colonial voices. It is titled “The Decolonial Killjoy: the British Raj as a space of political utopia”
  • Ella Deutsch (Biology) is a second-year PhD Student at the University of Nottingham SpiderLab. Her research looks into the evolution of spiders and their webs as hosts for a variety of organisms including tiny manipulative bacteria, parasitic insects, and even other spiders.
  • Neil Turnbull (Philosophy) is a Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He is researching “the philosophy of money”.

PubhD #61: Wednesday, 15 May 2019

  • Yuri Siregar (Art and Design) is a lecturer in fashion marketing, management and communications. Yuri’s research interests centre on the evaluation of people’s interaction with digital and physical fashion experiences.
  • Rebecca Batty (Classics) is a second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Her research looks at how ancient Roman poets used rivers in their poetry to help conceptualise their place in the environment, and the political turmoil of the beginning of the Roman empire.
  • Tuesday Goacher (Creative Writing) is researching place attachment and the post industrial landscape in the poetry of contemporary northern poets.

PubhD #60: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

  • Daniel Bilton (English Literature) is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. He is exploring the current relationship between Dalit literature and activism through an analysis of literature published within the 21st century.
  • Nelson Blackley (Business) is a Research Associate in the National Retail Research Knowledge Exchange Centre (NRRKEC) which is based at Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University. His research includes identifying ways that retail-related academic research can be more effectively delivered to UK retailers.
  • Olivier Yambo (Law) is a PubhD student at Nottingham Trent University. His PhD thesis focuses on the legal meaning of the terms conservation and sustainable use when applied in the context of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

PubhD #59: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

  • Jen Caddick (History) is a second-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Her research focuses on the social and political structures and ideas which underpinned kingship in early 15th century England.
  • Adela Kratenova (Law) is a AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership PhD researcher at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on the enforcement of international commercial transactions by UK businesses in a fragmenting transnational environment.
  • Dominic Reedman-Flint (Computer Science) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He is researching loneliness and social isolation through digital data.

PubhD #58: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

  • Stephanie Rankin-Turner (Chemistry) is a PhD student at Loughborough University. She is developing mass spectrometry-based methods for use by police forces to identify and estimate the age of bloodstains (among other bodily fluids) to try and make criminal investigations more efficient.
  • Guaduneth Chico (Environmental Sciences) is a PhD student in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. He works in the identification and evaluation of new peatlands in northern Spain using traditional and remote sensing techniques.
  • Rebecca Dewey (Medical Physics) is a neuroimaging physicist. She is researching how effects of noise exposure on the brain.

PubhD #57: Wednesday, 16 January 2019

  • Keir Birchall (Astronomy) is a second year PhD student at the University of Leicester, where he studies active galactic nuclei (or very energetic black holes) in the nearby universe. He has recently completed work trying to identify AGN within local dwarf galaxies to see if there is anything special about these environments and if it can tell us anything about how black holes were seeded in the very early universe.
  • Richard Woods (Social Science) is researching Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), which has been proposed as being part of the autism spectrum. Specifically, Richard is examining what PDA is, and is exploring what could be driving its growth.
  • Amy Williams (History) is PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. She is researching Kindertransport (Children’s Transport), which was the informal name of a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of refugee Jewish and non-Aryan children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940.