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
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 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's primary interest is the legal history of the first women lawyers.
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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 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 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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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 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's research interests are in Irish Literature and Popular Culture.
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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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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’s work is primarily concerned with cultural geography and the production of nature.
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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’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's main areas or research are Catholic Education, Citizenship Education, Personal and Social Education, Careers Education and Special Educational Needs.
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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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's research interests include reading motivation, reading selection strategies and achievement motivation.
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Dr Jennifer Chung welcomes doctoral applications within comparative education, specifically focusing on the Nordic countries, primary and early years, and teacher education.
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Dr Liasidou’s research interests include:
- Inclusive (Special) Education Policy and Practice
- Sociology of Education
- Inclusive Leadership
- Critical Disability Studies
- Qualitative research including Critical Discourse Analysis
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Dr Fin Cullen is interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates in the following areas:
- Gender related violence
- Girlhoods, masculinities and femininities
- Youth cultures
- Youth work and informal education
- Drugs and young people
- Gender and sexualities equalities in education
- Citizenship and identity
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Paul is interested in supervising PHD research in English teaching and cultural studies. He has a particular interest in Professional Memory, history of education and Vygotskian and Bakhtinian approaches to practice.
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English and creative arts
Human and applied sciences
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'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 is primarily concerned with the social psychological impact of integration on majority and minority groups in Western cultures.
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Christine is interested in the psychology of emotions, such as anxiety and jealousy.
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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'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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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’s research interests relate to the psychological underpinnings of exercise adoption and maintenance.
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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' 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's areas of expertise include childhood obesity, physical activity, movement analysis, biomechanical assessment of health and sport.
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Yiannis' areas of expertise are in nutrition and genetics (including nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics and personalised nutrition).
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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'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's main research focuses on vlood flow restriction training for rehabilitation and performance, ischemic preconditioning and physiology of team sports.
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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'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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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' 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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Theology and ethics
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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's research interests include several areas of Catholic theology, and the social-scientific study of religion and atheism/secularity.
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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 is the Director of the University's Centre for the Social-Scientific Study.
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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'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 is the Director of the University's Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy.
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Peter is the Director of the University's InSpiRe Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation.
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