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Areas of research supervision

St Mary’s carefully matches student research interests to the academic knowledge and skills of its research supervisors.

All students are supervised by a minimum of two members of staff each bringing discrete expertise to the research project.

Business and law
Lubna Ahmed

My current research can be summarised into three broad themes; Visual attention, Cross-cultural differences in cognition and pedagogical research related to academic feedback. 
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Philip Booth

Philip is currently researching public choice economics and tax and benefit systems; state pensions systems and inter-generational problems; Catholic social teaching and ethical behaviour in business; and the development of private regulatory institutions within investment markets.
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Judith Bourne

Judith's primary interest is the legal history of the first women lawyers.
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Gherardo Girardi

Gherardo's research interests are wide-ranging and include industrial economics, labour economics, attitudes towards climate change, international business strategy and teaching and learning in higher education. In addition, Gherardo is working on modelling the interaction between profit-maximizing and socially conscientious firms, and on the relationship between economics and faith, in particular the Christian faith. His research in teaching and learning has been sponsored by the Economics Network, formerly of the Higher Education Academy, of which Gherardo is a Fellow. Gherardo is a member of the NGO Good Works and gives public talks on Catholic social thought in the UK and abroad.
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Chi Maher

Chi welcomes PhD enquiries in social enterprise/entrepreneurship, public policy, international nonprofit management, public sector management, human resource management and civil society.
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Geoff Paul

Geoff has two main areas of research that he uses to inform his teaching and learning within the class environment: charity/non-profit and the international business environment.
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Merlin Stone

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Emanuela Todeva

Emanuela's interdisciplinary research spreads across international business, governance, innovation systems, smart specialisation strategies, business clusters,  global value chains, knowledge co-production, science parks and enterprise incubation.
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Communications, humanities and social policy
Hannah Marije Altorf

Hannah's main areas of research are Imagination and the Philosophical Imaginary, Iris Murdoch, Hannah Arendt and Philosophical Dialogue.
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Mark Donnelly

Mark welcomes applications for potential PhD supervision in the fields of philosophy of history, collective memory and contemporary British culture, politics and history.
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Yasemin J Erden

Yasemin's main areas of research include emerging technologies, philosophy of language, aesthetics, identity, philosophy of mind and Wittgenstein.
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Richard Mills

Richard's research interests are in Irish Literature and Popular Culture.
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Carole Murphy

Carole's research interests include the construction of social problems, the criminalisation of social problems (such as addiction, homelessness and mental health issues), and confronting stigma and social exclusion. Human trafficking and slavery, including policing, rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration.
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Claire Norton

Dr Norton is happy to supervise PhD theses on the theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding the production and consumption of history; Ottoman history, and Muslim-Christian interactions in the early modern period.
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Stuart Oliver

Stuart’s work is primarily concerned with cultural geography and the production of nature.
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Glenn Richardson

Glenn's areas of expertise are the Tudor monarchy, England's international relations in the sixteenth century, The Field of Cloth of Gold (1520), Cardinal Wolsey.
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Education and teaching
Christine Edward-Leis

Christine’s doctoral studies were in Mental Model Theory and she continues to research, supervise and examine in this area. Contexts for her research are Design and Technology and Mathematics.
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David Fincham

David's main areas or research are Catholic Education, Citizenship Education, Personal and Social Education, Careers Education and Special Educational Needs.

Kathleen Fincham

Kathleen's research focuses on the sociology and politics of education and learning within the contexts of developing countries and conflict-affected environments. Specific themes of interest include: identities, inequalities, social exclusion, social cohesion, social mobility, citizenship, inter/intra community relations and institutional power.
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Michael Hast

Primarily a developmental psychologist, Michael is interested in bringing together Psychology and Education by looking at early cognitive and socio-cognitive development, its possible evolutionary origins, and the potential applications of such research to educational practice.
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Caroline Healy

Caroline's research is principally concerned with the Politics of Education, especially the ever-changing relationship between the state, the market and institutions of education.
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Linda Saunders

Linda's research interests include reading motivation, reading selection strategies and achievement motivation.
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English and creative arts
Pauline Foster

Pauline welcomes students interested in task-based, interactive and cognitive approaches to second language acquisition.
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Peter Howell

Peter has research interests in the culture and thought of the 'long' eighteenth century, urban history (particularly that of east London) and hypertextual culture.
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Michelle Paull

Michelle’s research and teaching interests include contemporary theatre, London theatre, Irish plays, Sean O’Casey, adaptations on stage and screen and contemporary writing in English.
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Russel Schechter

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Allan Simmons

Allan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the works of Joseph Conrad, and runs the University's Centre for Joseph Conrad Studies.
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Trevor Walker

Trevor's recent research interests include Applied Theatre and Healthcare.
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Kasia Zarema-Byrne

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Human and applied sciences
Lubna Ahmed

Lubna’s research aims to understand cognitive functions such as selective attention and memory, and in particular how their efficiency is impacted by individual differences and external factors.
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Nicola Brown

Nicola's research interests are within the area of the exercising female. She has released publications and given conference presentations in the area of female health and exercise, including breast pain and bra fit issues in exercising females, breast education of adolescent schoolgirls, and menstrual disturbances in female athletes.
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Peary Brug

Peary is primarily concerned with the social psychological impact of integration on majority and minority groups in Western cultures.
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Christine Campbell

Christine is interested in the psychology of emotions, such as anxiety and jealousy.
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Elisabetta Canetta

Elisabetta is a biophysicists and nanobiotechnologist with a keen interest on the nanostructure, nanomechanics and biochemistry of biomaterials. Elisabetta’s main expertise is in Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Raman microspectroscopy
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Guiseppe Cimadoro

Guiseppe's main areas of research are striking combat sports: neuromuscular and biomechanical profiles, neuromuscular function and plasticity to strength training, and physical preparation methodology from a neuromuscular perspective.
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Nicholas Clark

Nicholas' areas of expertise include sensorimotor control of joint stability, injury control process, clinical reasoning in athlete assessment, manual therapy selection, exercise selection and progression, and return-to-play decision-making, and quantitative study design and data collection methods.
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Daniel Cleather

Daniel's research interests include the functional anatomy of the lower/hind limb with a focus on the knee, the development of musculoskeletal modeling technology into practical clinical tools and exercise is medicine: translating strength and conditioning practice to medical interventions.
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Michael Eynon

Michael’s research interests relate to the psychological underpinnings of exercise adoption and maintenance.
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Mark Glaister

Mark was promoted to Reader in Exercise Physiology for his contribution internationally to scientific knowledge in the area of caffeine supplementation and its effect on performance in sport, particularly in sprinting.
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Jess Hill

Jess' research focusses on recovery from muscle damage and her PhD investigated the efficacy of compression garments on recovery from strenuous exercise.
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Ryan Mahaffey

Ryan's areas of expertise include childhood obesity, physical activity, movement analysis, biomechanical assessment of health and sport.
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Yiannis Mavrommatis

Yiannis' areas of expertise are in nutrition and genetics (including nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics and personalised nutrition).
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Colm Murphy

Colm’s research focuses primarily on anticipation and decision making, particularly the role of contextual information in the making of expert judgements. He is also interested in feedback provision during the skill acquisition process.
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Jamie North

Jamie's primary research interests focus on the study of sporting expertise, in particular, the examination of the perceptual and cognitive factors that underpin expert performance and decision-making.
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Stephen Patterson

Stephen's main research focuses on vlood flow restriction training for rehabilitation and performance, ischemic preconditioning and physiology of team sports.
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Charles Pedlar

Charlie’s specialist areas include altitude and environmental physiology, sleep, the female athlete and the application of biomarkers to optimise performance in pro athletes.
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Andre Roca

Andre's current research centres on understanding the complex perceptual–cognitive skills such as decision making and creativity, and how these are acquired through practice.
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Jade Salim

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Carolina Scipilino

Carolina’s research specialises in intergenerational relationships within the family context, as well as representation and intergenerational perception of grandparenthood in different cultures.
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Ross Wadey

Ross' current research is at the intersection of psychology and sociology, and at the forefront of advancing knowledge on 
well-being following amputation(s) and the role of physical activity, prevention of (and rehabilitation from) sporting injuries, and post-traumatic growth following adversity.
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Mark Waldron

Mark's specialist areas include human-tracking technology, acute fatigue and pacing, athlete monitoring, ergogenic aids and thermoregulation during different exercise types.
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Stacy Winter

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Theology and ethics
Ashley Beck

Ashley's main areas of research are healthcare resource allocation and Catholic social doctrine, Catholic social doctrine and Europe, 20th century church history, ecclesiology, political theology and the theologies of liberation, theology of the permanent diaconate, Catholic teaching about war and peace, liturgy, and the Catholic Church and Freemasonry.
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Stephen Bullivant

Stephen's research interests include several areas of Catholic theology, and the social-scientific study of religion and atheism/secularity.
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James Crossley

James research and teaching interests can be put into two broad categories: Christian origins and Judaism in the 1st century, and the Bible in political discourses in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Chris Keith

Chris is the Director of the University's Centre for the Social-Scientific Study.
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John Lyndon

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Jacob Phillips

Jacob works across a diverse range of sub-disciplinary areas, mostly within systematic and philosophical theology. He is particularly concerned with issues of human self-understanding, subjectivity, conscience and obedience, with particular reference to the work of Erich Pryzwara, Joseph Ratzinger, John Henry Newman and others.
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Trevor Stammers

Trevor's main areas of research include ethics of acquisition, donation and transplantation of organs, metaphysics of sex, sexual health and STIs in general practice and rheumatology.
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Anthony Towey

Anthony is the Director of the University's Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy.
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Peter Tyler

Peter is the Director of the University's InSpiRe Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation.
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