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Collaged Hybrids Under Analysis

When I heard about the Images of Research 2021 competition, I was at the very start of my PhD journey. I had engaged with some of the training programme sessions about disseminating and communicating your research and I decided that…

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Creation of clothing sizing system for Ghanaian children

Growing up in the field of fashion in Ghana, and realising all the challenges encountered by apparel manufacturers, customers and fashion students due to the absence of a national sizing system based on anthropometric data of Ghanaians, I decided to research into the development of a standardised sizing system…

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Pushed back but I am still standing

I wanted to study the professional doctorate course as I aim to become a professional psychotherapist. I started my university journey in 2015, completing a BSc in Psychology with Sociology followed by an MSc in Clinical and Integrative Psychotherapy. When I…

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Adjusting Research Methods and Other Lessons From the Pandemic

As a lifelong fan of horror film, with many queer friends and communities who are as well, I had a hypothesis that many members of the LGBTQ+ community have a distinctive (distinctively queer) relationship with the horror genre. Therefore, I set…

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‘Archive can speak for those who cannot speak’ (Giorgio Agamben)

As a visual artist my work reflects on the socio-political circumstances of Kurdish women in Iraq and seeks to challenge inequality of opportunity and represent marginalised voices. I am interested in revealing forgotten and hidden stories that need to…

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Walking a Tightrope

Anything that we see, hear, read, smell, or physically feel in our daily life is stimulating our senses. Within research, this input to our senses is controlled and represented through specifically created stimuli. These are called emotional stimuli and are for instance images, video…

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Designing for Low Energy Social Housing in Syria

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” R. Buckminster Fuller.   This quote captures the essence of architecture for me. It defines the backbone role of the architect to turn the crisis into an opportunity and define its…

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Adapting to COVID: poo through the post

I had started my PhD and been on campus for roughly 2 months when the U.K. first went into lockdown in March 2020. As the situation developed, and it became evermore clear we were in this for the long…

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Otters and Pharmaceuticals: Evaluating the impact

I’m investigating pharmaceuticals as potential environmental contaminants in otters.  Pharmaceuticals may reach the environment in many ways, such as after being excreted by humans or being disposed of unused.  They are ubiquitous in the environment, and have been found…

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The research assemblage: re-imagining the PhD ‘mess’

I’m currently in my final year of a PhD exploring transition to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. It is a PhD which has taken far longer than anticipated thanks to a pause for maternity leave and a…

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