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Current PhD Students



Thesis title and supervisor(s)

Rosemary Alexander-Jones PhD by Research Historical Buildings in Heritage Cinema and Their Effect on the Visitor Experience
Dr Emma Pett
David Edwards PhD by Creative Practice The application and relevance of Stanislavsky, and later exponents of his theories, in rehearsal and performance with specific focus on the portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder on the stage.
Dr Tom Cantrell
Alan Heaven PhD by Research To what extent is the work of Nathan Field distinctive in its use of instructional content?
Professor Michael Cordner
Michael Holden PhD by Research Comics and Catastrophe: Trauma and Place in Graphic Narratives of the Holocaust
Dr Lisa Peschel
Sarah Hoyle PhD by Research What is the cultural value of outdoor/experiential film screenings?
Dr Jenna Ng
Rene Fernando Idrovo Zambrano PhD by Research Immersive Continuity: Long Takes, 3-D Sound, and the Impression of Reality in the Cinema of Alfonso Cuarón
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Richard Kearns PhD by Research Interpreting Cultures of Participations: Production, Distribution and Globalisation
Dr Mariana Lopez and Dr Veronique Chance
Sina Khazaee-Farid PhD by Creative Practice Bazinian Realism in the Digital Apparatus
Dr David Hickman
Deborah Klika PhD by Research The comic nature of character and narrative in related TV and film comedy.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Nai Li PhD by Research Chinese Audiences’ Reception of and Attitudes towards Hollywood Films with Chinese Elements
Professor Andrew Higson
Richard Oakes PhD by Research Investigating Emotional Audience Responses to Theatre and Music
Dr Lisa Peschel and Dr Nick Barraclough
Tobias Palma Stade PhD by Creative Practice Hands-off Interactive Narrative: Exploring a Language for Post-Television
Dr Guy Schofield and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Rosamund Portus PhD by Research Extinction Studies: Imagining a World without Bees
Dr Debbie Maxwell
Simona Manni PhD by Research Responsive media and non-linear participatory narratives of mental health
Dr Jonathan Hook and Professor Mariana Ursu
Tracy Mathewson PhD by Creative Practice Post-Truth, Justice, and the Feminine Way
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Benjamin McDonald PhD by Creative Practice Mental Illness and Dramatising Symptoms: A Playwright’s Perspective
Dr Lisa Peschel
Gabrielle Russell PhD by Creative Practice Ether-Realism: evolving new cinematic form by speaking the old language of our native psyche
Dr Ed Braman and Mr Andrew Vickers
Hadeel Shqair PhD by Research Aljazeera Channel's Effect on the Political Consciousness of the Arab Youth since 2000
Dr Ed Braman and Dr Kirstyn Gorton
Xumin Wang PhD by Research The Context and Practice of Museum Games Production in the UK and China
Dr Jenna Ng
Chenxi Li  PhD by Creative Practice  The time expression in cinema
Professor Duncan Petrie and Dr Ed Braman
Claudia Nader Jaime PhD by Research ASMR: Sound interventions for mental health and wellbeing in adolescents
Dr Mariana Lopez
Felix Kawitzky PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Louise LePage, Dr Ben Kirkman and Professor Marian Ursu
Freyja Alice McCreery PhD by Research Mind over Matter: Trauma, Identity, and Anxiety in the age of the Networked Neoliberal Superhero
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Hao Hong PhD by Creative Practice   Transitions from Chinese Ink Paintings into Interactive media
Dr Guy Schofield and Professor Marian Ursu
Kulnaree Sueroj PhD by Research Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai serials
Dr Mariana Lopez
Mark Summers PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Guy Schofield and Dr Jenna Ng
Mark Helsby PhD by Research  Thesis title in develpment
Dr Kristyn Gorton 
Mwewa Sumbwanyambe PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Benjamin Poore and  Professor David Barnett
Nicholas Newman PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Tom Cantrell and Dr Kristyn Gorton 
Rafe Clayton PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Nick Jones and Dr Ed Braman
Thomas Strazewski PhD by Creative Practice Staging the York Mystery Plays in the 21 st Century
Dr Kate Giles and Dr Ollie Jones
Thomas  Battey PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Jonathan Hook
Warren Fearn PhD by Creative Practice How can Augmented Reality help bridge the gap between classroom and remote science learning for Primary Schools?
Dr Jonathan Hook
Shelly Anne Galpin PhD by Research 'The People No-One Imagines Anything Of:' Teenage Responses to British Period Drama
Professor Andrew Higson
Kiran Tanna PhD by Creative Practice Staging Conspiracy Theory: exploring staged responses to conspiracy theory in contemporary theatre and performance practice
Dr Karen Quigley
Francesca Lewis PhD by Research Searching for counter-diagnostic meaning within borderline experience

Joe Horsey PhD by Research The Role of Metaphor in Documentary Film and Television
Dr Ed Breman
Tasos Giapoutzis PhD by Creative Practice The Interplay of Place and Nostalgia in Contemporary Migratory European Cinema
Professor Duncan Petrie
Louise Calf PhD Candidate in Archaeology and TFTI Plays and Performance in the Country House: The 'Bijou' Theatre at Chatsworth
Dr. Kate Giles and Dr. Ollie Jones
Xiaojie (Cheryl) Xie PhD by Research  Thesis title in develpment
Dr Mariana Lopez


Former PhD Students

NameYear of AwardProgrammeThesis title and supervisor(s)
Alix Beaumont 2020 PhD by Research The Depiction of Ancient Greek Mythology in Cinema, Television and Video Games
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Bridget ForemanPhD  2020 by Creative Practice Directive and Prescriptive Commissioning in Theatre
Dr Karen Quigley
Agata Frymus 2020 PhD by Research European Stars in the Discourse of 1920's America
Professor Andrew Higson
Shelley Galpin 2020 PhD by Research Heritage Screen Media and Youth Audiences
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Huw Jones
Hasmik Gasparyan 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Investigating the Making of Cinematic Silence
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Maxine Gee 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Posthuman Noir: Creating Positive Posthumans
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Jenna Ng
Nur Syuhada Mat Sin 2020 PhD by Creative Practice A Malay Folktale Paper Toy Animation
Professor Marian Ursu and Dr Guy Schofield
Siiri Sjöstrand 2020 PhD by Research Neoliberalism and the Self: The Engendering of (female) Selfhood in Western Popular Culture
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Romana Turina 2020 PhD by Creative Practice The Moving Image and Historical Analysis: Trieste, Italian Cinema and the Creative Remediation of Silenced Memory
Professor Duncan Petrie and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Jandy Luik 2020 PhD by Research Assemblage and The Creative Hub: Designing to Support Assemblage in Virtual Creative Hub
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Jonathan Hook
Fiona Keenan 2019 PhD by Research Enactive sound machines: new theatrical strategies for sonic interaction design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Martina Lovascio 2019 PhD by Research Filming the past in contemporary Italy
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Alan O'Leary
Neil Hillman 2019 PhD by Research Emotion in Sound Design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Roderik Smits 2018 PhD by Research Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping Networks in the Film Distribution Business
Professor Andrew Higson
Gianluca Balla 2018 PhD by Research The Director’s Method in Contemporary Visual Effects Film: Influence of Digital effects on Film Directing
Mr John Mateer and Dr David Hickman
Matthew John Midgley 2017 PhD by Research Writing Figures of Political Resistance for the English stage
Professor Mary Luckhurst
Amy Bethel 2017 PhD by Research Surburbia, seaside and sensation: Showing films in London and the south-east, 1896-1897
Professor Andrew Higson
James Ballands 2016 PhD by Research Terence Davies and the Cinema: Authorship, Collaboration, Intertextuality
Professor Duncan Petrie
Jonathan Carr 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Normalisation of Surveillance Through the Prism of Film: A Practice Based Study
Dr David Hickman and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Mark France 2016 PhD by Research Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company
Professor Michael Cordner
Christos Manolas 2016 PhD by Research Sound Design for Stereoscopic 3-D Cinema
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Francesca Middleton 2016 PhD by Research Romanticism with teeth: Surrealism in British film
Professor Andrew Higson
Julia Pascal 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Absence of Female Jewish Characters On The Post-war English Stage: Thesis and Three Plays
Dr Lisa Peschel
Emily Torricelli 2016 PhD by Research Projecting the Nation: Constructions of Scotland in Film Since 1979
Professor Duncan Petrie
Anya Benson 2013 PhD by Research Entering ever-expanding worlds of loss: Constructions of place in contemporary Japanese children's cinema
Professor Andy Tudor

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The Department of Theatre, Film and Television has proved to be the ideal setting in which to explore and discuss my PhD subject area, and to develop my academic skills in research and teaching more generally. Assisted greatly by the advice and encouragement of the department staff, I was awarded full AHRC funding for my PhD, and have written and presented two conference papers alongside my PhD research in my first year.

Chris Hogg, PhD, Television