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Research in the School of Sciences

Explore research in the School of Sciences, including research supervisors and their areas of expertise.

Academics and research topics for supervision

Biology, health and nutrition

Dr Samantha Lane

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Occupational lung disease
  • Infectious diseases

Tracey Lewarne

  • investigation of the activity of the superoxide dismutase protein in people with diabetes mellitus and the links with secondary complications

Andrea Neascu

  • Domestic violence and stalking

Dr Andrew Dunn

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Consumer culture
  • Crime rates around the world

Dr Faye Vanstone

  • Rape
  • Men convicted of sexual offences
  • Sexual consent
  • Pngosrisons research

Dr Luke Roach

  • Hate and counter speech
  • Computer mediated discourse analysis
  • Interactionism

Paul Thornbury

  • Organisation of coercive force by state (police and military) and non-state (private security/military, organised crime, insurgency) groups

Dr Rosa Whitecross

  • Prison writing
  • Narrative research
  • Participatory (arts-based) research methods
  • Gender and punishment/prison research
  • Social justice

Dr Sophie Pike

  • Homicide
  • Violence
  • Major crime investigation
  • Detective work
  • Policing
  • Qualitative research
Geography and environment

Ailsa Winton

  • Urban geography
  • Migration and displacement
  • Global development
  • Gender and development

Dr David Simm

  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Lowland river flooding
  • River restoration
  • Urban river regeneration

Dr Giovanna Gioli

  • Political ecology of development
  • Hazards
  • Disasters
  • Adaptation to climate change

Dr James Jeffers

  • Hazards
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Urban environments

Heather Winlow

  • Visual representations of race and ethnicity
  • Exploration of late 19th century and early 20th century mapping of race and racial categories by geographers and anthropologists
  • US state cartographies and the representation/exclusion of the indigenous population between 1850 and 1950
  • Photographic Representations of indigenous groups, past and present
  • Histories of Geography / Cartography
  • Research and invited publications in the history of geography and history of cartography, including influence of evolutionary theories on geography/geographers, race and ethnicity, and indigenous peoples and western mapping

Dr Lori Bystrom

  • Functional foods
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Natural and sustainable product development

Dr Matthew Baker

  • New technologies that will enable us to measure and explore the relationship between time spent in nature and our physical, mental and social health

Matthew Law

  • Molluscs and quaternary palaeoecology
  • Prehistoric landscapes
  • Archaeology of south west Britain
  • Public perceptions of environmental change/climate change/ sustainability

Dr Miriam Thavarajah

  • Human-nature / wildlife interactions
  • Animal behaviour / behavioural ecology
  • Wildlife Conservation

Dr Ralph Thompson

  • Animal behaviour
  • Comparative and biological psychology
  • Anthrozoology

Dr Stephanie Greshon

  • Habitat enhancement and creation
  • Working in partnership with third parties to achieve biodiversity net gain of degraded habitats

Agata Vitale

  • Social determinants of health and minority groups, and on developing community interventions to recover from sociocultural trauma.

Dr Agnieszka Janik Mcerlean

  • Synaesthesia
  • Social perception
  • Interoceptive sensitivity
  • Alexithymia
  • ASMR and non-invasive brain stimulation

Dr Andrew Bengry

  • Youth and identity
  • How culture contextualises and shapes social identification and identity construction processes

Dr Charlotte Edmunds

  • Learning (especially associative and category learning)
  • Decision-making (both pure and applied)
  • Eye-tracking and formal modelling
  • Young people’s happiness and wellbeing and materialism.

Dr Eleni Anna Skoulikari

  • Educational and Developmental Psychology and more specifically on the ways young children use technologies, from tablets and mobile phones to robots and virtual reality (VR) equipment and the effects that use has to their development. 

Dr Georgina Hughes

  • Research methods
  • Scale development and psychometrics
  • Wellbeing and quality of life

Dr Gerasimos Markopoulos

  • Cognitive psychology of memory with a focus on the relationship between encoding and retrieval processes, and the role of environmental context.

Dr Hannah Lewis

  • Broadly:
    • areas of developmental and educational psychology.
  • Specifically:
    • neurodevelopmental disorders
    • technology-based interventions/support (particularly using video games)
    • emotional regulation and escapism.
  • Methods:
    • replication research
    • visual methods
    • mixed methods.

Dr Jessica Padgett

  • Social identity
  • Sociopolitical attitudes
  • Stereotypes

Dr Kate Hughes

  • Special populations
  • Research in memory development
  • Executive function and sleep

Dr Kate Muir

  • Forensic linguistics
  • Autobiographical memory and emotions
  • Eyewitness testimony

Dr Mary Nikolaidou

  • Addiction
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Social media
  • Health psychology
  • Mental health

Dr Natasha Clarke

  • Developing and testing behaviour change interventions, specifically alcohol interventions.

Naomi Heffer

  • Broadly:
    • cognitive psychology, particularly focusing on multisensory processing and processing of emotion
    • Cognitive mechanisms underlying clinical conditions, such as mood and anxiety disorders
    • autism.
  • Methods:
    • psychophysics
    • psychophysiology
    • cognitive tasks
    • EEG. 

Dr Norah El-Gohary

  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Islamophobia
  • Racial bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Religious views
  • Developmental psychology
  • Political views

Ngosa Kambashi

  • Legislation and policy implications
  • Cultural and societal beliefs relating to perceptions of crime
  • Experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community in the criminal justice system
  • Intersectionality and perceptions relating to perceptions of crime
  • Support systems and services relating to survivors of crime
  • Educational interventions
  • Critical discourse analysis Nvivo
  • Thamatic analysis Nvivo
  • Advanced quantitative methods in R Studio 

Peter Hills

  • Facial recognition
  • Reducing sexual violence and sexual harassment

Professor Peter Etchells

  • Short- and long-term behavioural effects of playing video games and using other forms of digital technology
  • Interested in the interaction between scientists and the media, particularly how scientific research (for example, about video games) gets picked up in the mainstream news

Dr Paulina Wegrzynek

  • Employee health and wellbeing, particularly when employees suffer with chronic pain and how that affects their work/return to work (RTW)

Dr Renata Bongiorno

  • General research areas:
    • stereotypes and discrimination
    • gender and its interaction with other social identities
    • collective action and social change
    • leadership and power.
  • Specific supervision topics:
    • examining the content and effects of gender stereotypes
    • how to improve bystander responding to support victims of gender-based violence
    • men's engagement with the gender-equality cause.

Research degrees

Postgraduate research is one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences in higher education. Curious about doing a research degree with us, but not sure where to start? Get in touch with our Graduate College.


If you have any questions about securing a research supervisor, you can contact our Higher Degrees Tutor for Sciences, Luke Roach:

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