Research students

Design, Culture & the Arts research

Postgraduate tutor (research)
Dr Ultan Gillen

For more information contact: T: 01642 738297

We value our postgraduate research students and the important role they play in the SDCA research culture. The School of Design, Culture & the Arts postgraduate tutor supports students, both full and part time, in their progression through their studies, as well as curating a series of seminars delivered by Institute members designed for the postgraduate community.

In addition, research students attend, and contribute to, the various research group seminar series and related events such as Holocaust Memorial Day.
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James Beighton (AHRC-funded)

“Reason not the need”: how has the case for art been made over the industrial and post-industrial life of Middlesbrough and what can reflect from this upon contemporary arguments.

Alex Carter

The dynamic of 'cumulative extremism': the dynamic of violent escalation which can be triggered between extremist groups, and the wider effect this can have on community cohesion.
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Clare Cheverall

Language theory and dialogue in the fiction of Jane Austen and its screen adaptations.
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Patience Ezinwoke

A fictional narrative titled 'Iwetia' (with reflective study).
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Paul Grace

Traumatic Potential and Counter-Representation.
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Jacqueline Hayes

The emergence of open-air education in industrial and de-industrialising society during the first half of the twentieth century with particular reference to the concept of the ‘delicate child'.
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Megan Hayes

Towards a Positive Psychology of Creative Writing.
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Louise Logan

Tackling the legacy of the Victorian freak show: Fictional portrayals of the freak show and re-presenting disabled performers in museum exhibitions
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Michael Lovelock

The Administration of the Elizabethan Northern Border.

Robyn Ollett

Queer Lives through Dead Eyes: Observing the New Queer Gothic
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Robyn took a BA (hons) in English Studies from Teesside University and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies from Newcastle University. She has returned to Teesside University to undertake PhD study funded by NECAH under the primary supervision of Dr Rachel Carroll. Robyn’s research centres on how Queer concerns and subjectivities are figured in contemporary Gothic film and fiction. Robyn will be investigating what insights Queer Gothic texts offer to contemporary understandings of sexuality and selfhood. She will be analysing the significance of such figures as the Queer Gothic child, and unpicking conversations around human rights discourse and biopolitics. Employing critical theory from Gothic studies and Queer theory, Robyn’s work aims to develop and clarify the importance of this nascent field of study in both its niche and wider ontological contexts.

Judith Phillips

Joesphine Bowes (1825-1874), Collector and museum founder, in the context of the mid 19th century attitudes to gender, society and culture.

Paul Stewart

The creation of ‘alternative’ learning spaces by artists with a core focus on how the artist-led learning project is situated in response to neo-liberal hegemony.
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Paul Stocker

The 'Imperial spirit' and the British fascist tradition from the 1920s to the 1950s.
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Lewis Young (AHRC-funded)

“A Weapon in the Struggle against Fascism and Reaction": The British Communist press and anti-fascism, 1928-1949.”
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Recently completed

Janette Garrett

Northumberland 1408-1470.

Ben Roberts

Civic culture and ritual in Darlington and Middlesbrough in comparative perspective 1850-1950.