College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

New Chancellor’s Fellows announced for CAHSS

Forty of the University’s most promising early career researchers have been awarded prestigious fellowships to develop their innovative work.

The new Chancellor’s Fellows have been selected from across the University to be part of the five-year programme and 17 of the new fellows have been appointed in CAHSS.

This is a really tough time for researchers starting out on academic careers - so we were absolutely delighted to be able to appoint 17 Chancellor’s Fellows through this scheme.

They bring a wealth of talent and ideas, and a wide diversity of perspectives, including from outside of academia.

Professor Christina BoswellCAHSS Dean of Research

Congratulations to the appointed Chancellor’s Fellows

Dr Orian Brook

Orian’s research focuses on social and spatial inequalities in the creative economy, with a focus on how space and class are implicated in both cultural participation and creative careers.

More recently Orian has been exploring social mobility in the creative economy, in a mixed methods project, and has published the book Culture is bad for you with MUP.

Culture is bad for you

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Dr Sarah Goldsmith

Sarah is a cultural historian of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, specialising in the histories of masculinity, the body and travel.

Sarah has researched the role of danger on the eighteenth-century Grand Tour in the formation of elite masculine identities, and is currently exploring interdisciplinary approaches to researching the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century male body.

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Dr Morag Josephine Grant

Morag's work combines sociological, anthropological and historical perspectives to investigate what musical communication in the broadest sense can tells us about human social life. Morag's research currently focuses on the musicology of war and collective violence, including the use of music in torture.

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CAHSS Chancellor's Fellows collage

Dr Lucy Weir

Lucy's research interests encompass performance art and dance, feminist and queer theory, subculture and identity, and mental health.

She is currently working on a new book exploring masculinity and self-injury in performance practice.

In 2020, Lucy was named a New Generation Thinker by the AHRC and BBC.

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Dr Suzanna Miller

Suzanna’s main research focusses on the representation of non-human animals and the created world in the Hebrew Bible, for which she draws on other disciplines across the (post-)humanities.

Suzanna also examines biblical Wisdom Literature (especially the book of Job), and explores the broad hermeneutical and ethical questions around biblical interpretation.

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Dr Tanja Romankiewicz

Based on her interdisciplinary expertise in archaeology and architecture, Tanja investigates how people in the past used art and architecture, design and materials to express ideas and shape their world.

Analysing prehistoric and Roman buildings and materials shows a dynamic use and sustainable practice that can inspire modern architecture.

Tanja’s new research into ancient design concepts highlights how different visual experiences were created and valued in ancient art, which questions how we value different mental abilities today.

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Dr Glenna Nightingale

Glenna’s research interests span constructing point process models in a Bayesian context to developing quantitative methods for evaluating complex public health interventions.

Glenna recently worked as an epidemiologist at Public Health Scotland within the Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 in Scotland,  and has just finished working on a project which evaluates the 20mph speed limit policy in the City of Edinburgh.   

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Dr Divya Sivaramakrishman

Divya is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy. Divya's research interests include development and evaluation of public health interventions and physical activity and sedentary behaviour across varied populations.

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Dr Kathryn Nash

Kathryn is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Political Settlements Research Program (PRSP) in the Law School.

Kathryn's r research focuses on norms, the role of regional organisations in the global order, and peace and security issues.

Manchester University Press recently published her book African Peace: Regional Norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union

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Dr Emily Postan

Emily is an interdisciplinary bioethicist with a background in philosophy Emily’s main research interests lie in exploring the ways that identity features in bioethical debates about new technologies and uses and management of personal information in healthcare and public health, and in locating key interests arising from personal and group identity practices. 

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We were bowled over by the high quality of applicants, including those we weren’t able to appoint.

The process has helped us to identify the wider needs of researchers on fixed term contracts, and we look forward to working with Schools and with the Institute for Academic Development to improve support for these colleagues.

Professor Dorothy MiellHead of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

Dr Jenny Watson

Jenny's research concerns the ways in which societies and individuals respond to violence, and particularly the mechanisms by which violence is made to appear distant, unimaginable and even irrelevant to daily life in popular discourse.

Jenny mostly writes about literature and cultural history but her interests stray into sociology, politics and digital humanities.

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Dr Rebecca Hewer

Rebecca’s work focuses on the socio-legal regulation of (women’s) bodies.

In recent years, Rebecca has critically scrutinised sex-work policy, and the law surrounding fertility treatment.

During her Chancellor’s Fellowship, she intends to undertake research into the controversial ‘rape clause’.

Beyond this, Rebecca has a particular interest in critical social theory and the politics of knowledge production.

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Dr Omolabake (Labake) Fakunle

Following a 19-year professional career in accounting, auditing, banking and entrepreneurship, in 2011, Labake moved to the UK to study.

Labake's research explores the intersection of internationalisation, inclusivity, employability and education policy.

Labake is particularly interested in examining the international student experience/lifecycle. 

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Dr Chisomo Kalinga

Chisomo is a medical humanities scholar who uses arts-based approaches to engage community narratives about disease (specifically sexually transmitted infections), illness and wellbeing, biomedicine, and traditional healing.

She is currently collaborating with her colleagues across Southern Africa to support research and collaborations through the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (MMHN) and Southern and East African Medical Health Humanities network (SEAMHH) .

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Dr Catherine Montgomery

Catherine is a Sociologist of Science and Medicine in the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University. 

Her research focuses on the juncture between scientific knowledge production and clinical care, and she has explored this in various clinical settings, often through ethnographies of clinical trials. 

Bringing together her interests in data practices and material and discursive transformations in healthcare, her current work explores learning health systems and the mutual re-configuration of knowledge and care in data driven healthcare.

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Dr Faye Wade

Faye is an energy researcher, applying social science techniques to understand the professionals and organisations responsible for delivering transformation in our energy system.

In particular, she is developing sociologies of construction to understand the changing work of construction professionals amidst innovations in the way that infrastructure is created and used.

Most recently, she secured funding to map the construction supply chains emerging to develop and deliver off-site modular technologies for building energy retrofit.

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Dr Audrey Cameron

Audrey’s current research interests include:

  • Inclusion of deaf pupils in education;
  • Development of science and maths signs in British Sign Language
  • and using sign language to unlock scientific concepts.

Audrey also manage the Scottish Sensory Centre's BSL Glossary project, which has nearly 1,500 signs for science and maths with BSL definitions and examples.

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