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.

Alistair Hunter

Dr Alistair Hunter

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

Research interests: Ageing; International Migration; End-of-Life Issues; Ethnic and Religious Minorities; Policymaking; Social Systems Theory; Luhmann; Islam; Muslim; Middle East; Christian; Death; Dying; Older People; Return; Pensions; Care; Health; Home; ICT; Deathscapes; Transnationalism; Burial

Bethan Wood

Dr Bethan Wood

Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Currently supervising a student who is researching: agricultural placements for secondary pupils.

Stuart Hanscomb

Dr Stuart Hanscomb

Senior 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.

Benjamin Franks

Dr Benjamin Franks

Senior 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

Oscar Odena

Dr Oscar Odena

Reader (Educational Leadership & Policy)

Research interests: Qualitative research approaches and data analysis; music education; social inclusion; creativity; professional learning; primary, post-primary, higher education; teachers' thinking; students' voice; doctoral education; social music programmes; international development;

Lizanne Henderson

Dr Lizanne Henderson

Senior Lecturer in History (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Cultural History, Folklore, Ethnology, Witch-Hunts, Witchcraft, Scottish Emigration, Scottish Explorers, Transatlantic Slave Trade, Human-Animal Studies, Animal Studies, Anthrozoology, Environmental History, Environmental Humanities, Arctic Studies, Polar Exploration, Tourism,

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

John Xiaogang Shi

Dr John Xiaogang Shi

Senior Lecturer in Hydrology (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: Hydrometeorological Hazards (e.g. Floods and Droughts); Hydrological Forecasting; Hydrological Modeling; Snow and Permafrost Hydrology; Remote Sensing and Machine Learning; Groundwater and Surface-water Interactions; Land and Atmosphere Interactions.

Fabrice Renaud

Professor Fabrice Renaud

Professor in Environmental Risk/Community Resilience (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: hydro-meteorological hazards; disaster risk reduction; climate change adaptation; coastal and deltaic social-ecological systems; water pollution and risks

Naomi Richards

Dr Naomi Richards

Lecturer (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)

Research interests: End of life issues facing older people, Dementia and end of life decision-making; Assisted suicide; Testimony, witnessing and narrative at the end of life; Visual representations of older people; Visual representations of death and dying