Researchers from across Lancaster University join us for a year to develop new research ideas in the company of like-minded others.
- Social media and well-being
- Using technology for self-management of long-term conditions
- Using social science research methods in healthcare improvement research, with focus on programme implementation
- Professional training for medical practice, with a focus on resilience
My research interests are in two main fields: draft process and the interpretation of the compositional process in nineteenth century writers and interpreting spatial meaning, maps and mapping in texts. I also have a particular interest in Wordsworth and writings about the Lake District. I am interested in interpreting the text in all its states (visual, material and verbal). My current research is on literary cartography and the mapping and reading of literary works for which a map appears alongside the text.
I am a Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/social-futures/) where my particular interest is BioFutures, meaning any futurological scenario invoking any factor that is contingent upon:
- our biological being-in-the-world
- natural selection’s action upon us
- our situation in a global ecosystem that contains millions of other species
- the potential divergence of evolutionary interest between our species and others
The scope of BioFuture research therefore includes topics such as:
- pandemic disease
- the post-antibiotic world
- life extension technologies
- genetic modification and progeny selection
- human life at higher average climate temperatures
- species depletion: “The Sixth Extinction”
- global food shortage: “The Ghost of Malthus”
My research interests have focused on cultures of health care work and issues of learning, knowledge and practice. These interests have manifested themselves in previous studies as a focus on decision making and accountability, patient safety and critical incident analysis, diagnostic work and embodied knowledge, collaborative work in critical care, and human-machine relations in medical work. Theoretically, these interests are informed by science and technology studies, ethnomethodology, medical sociology and anthropology. Methodologically, I have used ethnography, interviews, focus groups and documentary analysis.
My research looks at "the contemporary" through new media art and media theory, centrally focusing on the co-evolution of language and technology. I use critical and creative approaches that combine art writing, poetry, hybrid and post-digital publishing, performance and media-archaeological method.
I have published and presented on conditions for language and literature in the context of artificial intelligence, glitch practices, and post-digital publishing. Exhibited works include experimental applications of speed readers and optical character recognition, recursive neural nets, VR-headsets and microfiche archival machines.
The aim of my research is to improve the evidence base for psychological interventions for people with severe and enduring mental health problems and their families, with a particular focus on developing easily accessible interventions to radically increase access to evidence based psychological care
Cami Rowe works across the disciplines of Theatre, Performance and International Politics. She holds a BA, MA and MPhil in Drama and a PhD in International Relations. Her research addresses the theatrical elements of global politics and related applied theatre and performance practices. She has particular expertise in issues of war and militarisation, as well as acts of political resistance by marginalised groups and individuals. She is presently developing a monograph that explores creative resistance in the context of digital populism. Additional areas of interest include protest performance, intercultural theatre, national identities, and migration.
My research interests are in health communication, medical humanities, stylistics, and metaphor theory and analysis. In my work I combine qualitative analysis with corpus linguistic methods.
Health communication/medical humanities: representations of autism and mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives; metaphor, cancer and the end of life; (figurative) language, creativity and chronic pain.
Stylistics: cognitive stylistics; corpus stylistics; mind style in fiction.
Metaphor theory and analysis: metaphor in literature, politics, science, health communication, end-of-life care; metaphor and embodied simulation; corpus approaches to the study of metaphor.
I am interested in understanding the nexus between individual cognition and behaviour and social and economic institutions. My ongoing work focuses on cognition and decision making in the context of retail and institutional financial services, and migrants' saving and investment behaviour in Europe.
Dr. Blakely's research centres on intellectual property law, intangible cultural heritage, and digitisation, through an interdisciplinary lens. She completed her PhD research at University of Glasgow School of Law on Intellectual Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Celtic-Derived Countries, under an AHRC fully funded scholarship. She received her JD, cum laude, from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Intellectual Property); LLM, merit, from University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (Law, Development, and Governance); and ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University (Extension Studies: Psychology and Legal Studies). Dr. Blakely's previous professional legal training includes positions with NBC-Universal in Partnerships, Licensing & Digital as well as at the USC Institute for Innovation in Research Dev. & Technology Transfer. She was a 2018-19 Insitute for Social Futures Fellow.
My research expertise is in supportive and palliative care (cancer and non malignant conditions), focusing on four broad areas: i) symptoms in and outcome measures to assess these; ii) family/patient experiences of care; iii) palliative care development; and iv) palliative and end of life care in long term settings. In addition I have an interest in paediatric palliative care, spiritual care and methodologies .I have developed an expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methods, and have also run clinical trials.
Monika’s research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’. She combines qualitative, often ethnographic studies of everyday practices, social theory and design through mobile, experimental, ‘inventive’ engagement with industry and stakeholders. An analytical orientation to intersecting physical and virtual mobilities, blocked movements and immobilities of people, objects and information drives this work. Monika’s most recent research brings this perspective to the informationalization of large-scale multi-agency emergency response, which raises opportunities and challenges around social media-based public engagement, agile and ‘whole community’ approaches to disaster response, data sharing, data protection and privacy.
I am a historian of medieval Britain and Ireland, with interests ranging from the sixth century to the twelfth. My research focuses on maritime connections and now-lost kingdoms. Particular areas of interest are the Irish Sea region in the Viking Age, and central Britain (northern England and southern Scotland) prior to the Anglo-Scottish border. My monograph investigates links between the kingdom of Northumbria and the Gaelic-speaking world, and I have also worked on connections between Northumbria, Strathclyde and Wales. I have been involved in funded projects on Furness Abbey’s links across the Irish Sea and contacts between Britain and Brittany. I am interested in interdisciplinary work, for example combining historical and linguistic evidence through the study of names. I am the Director of the Regional Heritage Centre.
In brief, my research is concerned with everyday practices and technologies, and how they can be related to sustainability.
These include practices like playing, working or doing the laundry, and their connection to energy demand and wider impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions. I apply multidisciplinary observational approaches which juxtapose quantitative measures of demand and impact, and qualitative/quantitative data from everyday life (e.g. room occupancy, appliance times-of-use, routines of practice, and social meanings and expectations). Specific empirical sites have included cooking, thermal comfort and digital media and entertainment.
Mark's research interests focus on the efforts of human rights organisations during the Cold War, and more broadly in the history of human rights, dissent, and political activism, especially in Russia and the Soviet Union. His current research focuses on the history of Amnesty International, an organisation that has become intertwined with public understandings of human rights in the twentieth century. Despite this position, Amnesty's influence on the wider political process has been relatively understudied, something his research is aiming to address.
As a human geographer and political ecologist, I am passionate about exploring pathways for just socio-economic, political and ecological futures in the global south. I focus on the uneven development of the green and bio-economy. My particular geographical foci include the African countries of Madagascar, Mozambique, and Mali, although I am a lead-initiator of a global political ecology network (POLLEN). These specific countries make up a unique spectrum of biodiversity and constitute a social mosaic of urban/rural livelihoods where I study international development, labour and commodity chain analysis. I am involved in two new research projects exploring the uneven development of land-grabbing for biofuels in Madagascar and Brazilian agribusiness in Mozambique.
My previous research focuses on bioprospecting on Madagascar. Bioprospecting involves search for, and commercialization of, useful natural compounds for new pharmaceutical and industrial products. Also in Madagascar, I have investigated strategies to improve small-scale agriculture using innovative agroforestry methods, and traditional agricultural systems. These systems can have a major effect on farmers' adoption of new livelihood alternatives. In my Master's research, I developed techniques to improve the direction and speed of domestication of threatened Malagasy forest and fruit species, in order to increase food security and provide added income.
I am on leave for the academic year 2019-20, and will only respond to correspondence intermittently in this period.
I am Director of Lancaster University China Centre.
My research interests fall in the intersection of contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, broadly conceived, and critical theories of global politics. I am particularly interested in the contemporary deployment of concepts drawn from Chinese history, such as harmony (hexie), friendship (youyi), hegemony (baquan), or All-under-heaven (Tianxia). I have written on alternative conceptions of time, space and world order; relational theorising and the 'Chinese school' of IR; Chinese foreign policy; Chinese censorship and resistance throughout history; Chinese discourses of online resistance and wordplay; the policy concepts of 'harmonious world' (hexie shijie) and 'harmonious society' (hexie shehui); soft power; the politics of mega events; and the Belt and Road Initiative.
Mark's research covers various different aspects of the empirical study of work, organisation, human factors and interactive computer systems design. This work is strongly inter-disciplinary in nature. His empirical studies of work and technology have contributed to critical debates concerning the relationship between social and technical aspects of IT systems design and use. Topics of interest include: Computer Supported Cooperative Work; Computer Human Interaction; Qualitative User studies; technology in workplace and domestic settings; ethnographic methods in design and evaluation; social media use; healthcare and technology; ‘smartworking’ and the Internet of Things; empirical evaluations of model driven engineering; Trust and Technology; Human and Organisational Factors in Resilience; empirical evaluations of model driven engineering; AI and work;
My research interests include human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, designing tools and interactive systems to support high level skill acquisition and training such as creative and reflective thinking in design, autobiographical reasoning, emotional processing and spatial cognition. This work explores and integrates wearable bio sensors, lifelogging technologies and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: ethnographic and experimental studies, design thinking and design rationale.
David Tyfield is a Reader in Environmental Innovation & Sociology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for the Environment, Guangzhou and Co-Director of Lancaster’s Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe). His research explores the interaction of political economy, social change and science, technology & innovation, with a particular focus on issues of low-carbon transition in China. Current work focuses on urban infrastructure in the Anthropocene and the project of ‘Ecological Civilisation’, both within China and overseas. His most recent book is Liberalism 2.0 and the Rise of China (Routledge, paperback 2019), and he is a co-editor of Mobilities journal.