Academic Research Interests

Academic Research Interests

Our academic staff supervise international research students within our diverse and dynamic research community.

Please get in touch with the individual academic for an informal discussion about opportunities for postgraduate research in their area of expertise.

David Borthwick

Dr David Borthwick

Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: literary responses to historical and contemporary environments, poetic responses to landscape and place, the future of place, ecopoetry, contemporary UK poetry, walking, ecocriticism, green studies, new nature writing, bioregional writing, bioregionalism

David Clark

Professor David Clark

Wellcome Trust Investigator (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: end of life care; end of life policy and services; interventions in end of life issues; hospice and palliative care history; evaluation in end of life care; narratives of illness, dying and bereavement; the life and works of Cicely Saunders

Benjamin Franks

Dr Benjamin Franks

Lecturer (Social and Political Philosophy) (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Anarchism; anarchisms; post-anarchism; post-anarchisms; postanarchism; postanarchisms; radical ethics; Marxism, Marxisms; post-Marxisms; anti-politics; direct action; ethics; moral philosophy; virtue theory; critical theory

Steven Gillespie

Dr Steven Gillespie

Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Current Interests Ecosystem service approaches to land management Community land ownership Upland management Non-native invasive species Climate change and tourism Sustainable rural tourism

Stuart Hanscomb

Dr Stuart Hanscomb

Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Current areas of research are the psychology and philosophy of higher education (esp. student experience, emotion and authenticity); virtue theory; critical thinking, and existentialism.

Lizanne Henderson

Dr Lizanne Henderson

Lecturer in History (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Cultural History, Folklore and Ethnology, European and African Witch-Hunts, Scottish Diaspora and the Emigrant Experience, Transatlantic Slave Trade and Abolition, Critical Animal Studies, Environmental History, Arctic Studies, Polar Exploration, Tourism and Heritage Management

Carol Hill

Dr Carol Hill

Head of School/Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Ralph Jessop

Dr Ralph Jessop

Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: 18th-century Literature and Philosophy; 19th-century Literature and Philosophy; Scottish Philosophy and Intellectual History; Thomas Carlyle; Sir William Hamilton; Thomas Reid; Scepticism; Philosophy of Education; J.M. Barrie; Literary-Philosophical Critical Studies; Equality.

Sean Johnston

Professor Sean Johnston

Professor of Science, Technology and Society (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: history of science; history of technology; historical sociology; environmental ethics; visual culture; responsible innovation; non-professional science; lay science; maker culture; sociology of expertise; historiography; philosophy of science and technology

Donald MacLeod

Dr Donald MacLeod

Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Theoretical interests: The anthropology of tourism, globalization and cultural change, ecotourism, sustainable development, identity and branding, cultural heritage

Oscar Odena

Dr Oscar Odena

Reader (Robert Owen Centre)

Research interests: qualitative research approaches; music education; social inclusion; creativity; professional learning; primary, post-primary and higher education; teachers' thinking; students' voice; doctoral education; academic writing; music in schools; conservatories;

Lauren Parry

Dr Lauren Parry

Lecturer (Environmental Stewardship) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Peatlands - carbon storage and cycling, management and restoration, hydrology and water quality.

Alexander Whitelaw

Dr Alexander Whitelaw

Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: The conceptual nature of public health; the implementation and sustainability of healthy public policy and practice; 'settings-based' approaches; discourse-based approaches to policy research

Bethan Wood

Dr Bethan Wood

Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Currently supervising students who are looking at: agricultural placements for secondary pupils, and the Cumbrian Fells as a cultural landscape.

Catherine Dodds

Dr Catherine Dodds

Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Policy (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: social, behavioural and policy aspects of HIV; biomedicalisation; pharmaceuticalisation; therapeutic citizenship; criminalisation; sexual minorities; sexual health; health inequalities; migration and health; risk perception; harm reduction