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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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Illuminating Arts Practices in Early Childhood with More-Than-Human Technologies

Charlotte Arculus’s image ‘Illuminating Arts Practices in Early Childhood with More-Than-Human Technologies’ was shortlisted in the postgraduate researcher category of the 2020 Images of Research competition. You can see the celebratory brochure and find out about the 2021 competition, launching soon, by visiting…

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Defining Obesity: BMI or Body Fat Percentage?

My entry for the 2020 Images of Research competition was designed to transmit an impactful message on the importance of how obesity is classified (BMI vs. body fat) and why that matters. This message is even more pertinent in…

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Exploring displaced young people’s belonging and learning experiences through art

The photograph that I submitted for the Images of Research competition in 2020, was taken during a workshop we were conducting in Kampala, Uganda, as part of our Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Arts and Humanities Research Council…

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Britain’s Unspoken Wildlife Tragedy

Please note, this blog post contains imagery that readers may find disturbing, depicting a hare killed by collision with a car. My research explores the animal conservation and welfare dilemma of animals killed on our roads. It was an…

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Corporate ‘security’ responsibility

Traditionally, I am not one to participate in competitions. However, when I first received the email about the 2020 Images of Research competition, asking for image entries, I immediately knew I needed to share my images of the conflict…

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Kiritimati and the Bomb: A Tale of Two Churches

Kiritimati is a tiny atoll at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. It is also known “Christmas Island” and forms a part of the larger nation state of Kiribati – an archipelago that stretches horizontally across the Pacific Ocean….

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