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Current PhD Students




Thesis Title & Supervisor(s)

Rosemary Alexander-Jones PhD by Research English Historical Buildings on Film
Professor Andrew Higson
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
Warren Fearn PhD by Creative Practice What are the properties of augmented reality and its impact on learning?
Dr Jonathan Hook
Bridget Foreman PhD by Creative Practice Directive and Prescriptive Commissioning in Theatre
Dr Karen Quigley
Agata Frymus PhD by Research European Stars in the Discourse of 1920's America
Professor Andrew Higson
Shelley Galpin PhD by Research Heritage Screen Media and Youth Audiences
Professor Andrew Higson & Dr Huw Jones
Hasmik Gasparyan PhD by Creative Practice Investigating the Making of Cinematic Silence
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Maxine Gee PhD by Creative Practice Posthuman Noir: Creating Positive Posthumans
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh & Dr Jenna Ng
Anastasios Giapoutzis PhD by Creative Practice The Interplay of Landscape and Nostalgia on Defining Cinematic Identities in Contemporary European Cinema
Professor Duncan Petrie
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
Joseph Horsey PhD by Research Metaphor in Documentary
Dr Ed Braman
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 & Dr Veronique Chance
Sina Khazaee-Farid PhD by Creative Practice Bazinian Realism in the Digital Apparatus
Dr David Hickman
Deborah Klika PhD by Research Comedy & Struggle: an analysis of the comic operation in the television sitcom.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh & Dr Kristyn Gorton
Nai Li PhD by Research Chinese Audiences’ Reception of and Attitudes towards Hollywood Films with Chinese Elements
Professor Andrew Higson
Jandy Luik PhD by Research Assemblage and The Creative Hub: Designing to Support Assemblage in Virtual Creative Hub
Dr Jenna Ng & Dr Jonathan Hook
Richard Oakes PhD by Research Investigating Emotional Audience Responses to Theatre & Music
Dr Lisa Peschel & Dr Nick Barraclough
Tobias Palma Stade PhD by Creative Practice Hands-off Interactive Narrative: Exploring a Language for Post-Television
Dr Guy Schofield & Dr Kristyn Gorton
Rosamund Portus PhD by Research A World Without Bees? The role of our Social and Cultural Imagination in responding to Bee Extinction.
Dr Debbie Maxwell
Nur Syuhada Mat Sin PhD by Creative Practice A Malay Folktale Paper Toy Animation
Professor Marian Ursu & Dr Guy Schofield
Simona Manni PhD by Research Responsive media and non-linear participatory narratives of mental health
Dr Jonathan Hook & Professor Mariana Ursu
Tracy Mathewson PhD by Creative Practice The Effectiveness of Justice and the Female Protagonist in Mainstream Conspiracy Film (1970s to Present) and their Implications on the Ability of Contemporary Filmmakers to Engage with Modern Conspiracy Culture Through Politically Forceful Narratives
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Benjamin McDonald PhD by Creative Practice The Presentation of Madness - 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 & 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 & Dr Kirstyn Gorton
Siiri Sjöstrand PhD by Research Neoliberalism and the Self: The Engendering of (female) Selfhood in Western Popular Culture
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Romana Turina PhD by Creative Practice The Moving Image and Historical Analysis: Trieste, Italian Cinema and the Creative Remediation of Silenced Memory
Professor Duncan Petrie & Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
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 & Dr Ed Braman
Claudia Nader Jaime PhD by Research Thesis title in develpment
Dr Mariana Lopez
Roxy Kawitzky PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Louise LePage, Dr Ben Kirkman & Professor Marian Ursu
Francesca Lewis PhD Thesis title in develpment
Dr Claire Beilby & Dr Kristyn Gorton
Freyja Alice PhD by Research Thesis title in develpment
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Hou Hong PhD by Creative Practice   Transitions from Chinese Ink Paintings into Interactive media
Dr Guy Schofield & Professor Marian Ursu
Keelan Swift PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Professor David Barnett
Kiran Tanna PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Karen QuigleyProfessor David Barnett
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 & 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 &  Professor David Barnett
Nicholas Newman PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Tom Cantrell & Dr Kristyn Gorton 
Rafe Clayton PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Nick Jones & Dr Ed Braman
Thomas Strazewski PhD by Creative Practice Staging the York Mystery Plays in the 21 st Century
Dr Kate Giles & Dr Ollie Jones
Thomas  Battey PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Jonathan Hook
Xiaojie (Cheryl) Xie PhD by Research  Thesis title in develpment
Dr Mariana Lopez

Former PhD Students


NameYear of AwardProgrammeThesis Title & Supervisor(s)
Alix Beaumont 2020 PhD by Research The Depiction of Ancient Greek Mythology in Cinema, Television and Video Games
Dr Jenna Ng & Dr Kristyn Gorton
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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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