Our Research students

  • Group of multiracial students sat around a table writing

We provide a supportive academic community, where ideas and experiences are shared and developed together. Research students are fully integrated into our interdisciplinary research teams, where they engage in cutting-edge research with real-life impact, and contribute to our ambition to change culture, and achieve inclusive excellence

MA by Research candidate

Musiiwa (Moss) Takavarasha

MA by Research candidate

I am a registered Nurse engaged in Transitional Care In-reach work in Lincolnshire. I am also Chair of my Trust’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network.

The BAME agenda became hugely topical in 2020 — perhaps far more than at any other time in recent memory. This was brought about mainly by the COVID-19 outbreak and its disproportionate impact on BAME members of staff. The death of George Floyd, and the subsequent resurgence of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Movement, brought issues of race and racism further to the fore of international, national, as well as local dialogue.

I am therefore excited to have landed this research opportunity, and am looking forward to further exploring the issues surrounding race, access and belonging during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

PhD candidate

Shirleena Celestine

PhD candidate

"Taking this journey to pursue my PhD, I really couldn’t be happier — a life goal that I set — and I’m looking forward to everything that’s ahead. One of my passions in life is the pursuit of equality, inclusion and diversity. I’m fortunate that within my career I get to engage in the space for large teams across the UK, as we seek to create the kind of working environment where everyone wants to do the best work of their lives, every day. 

"The focus for my research is centred on ‘Intersectionality', and specifically the experiences had by Black Women in the Labour Market. When I saw the PhD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion being offered here at the University of Lincoln, there was no question that this is where I should be as I further my studies and research within this area, recognising that this is such an important study as we continue to explore our social identities".

PhD candidate

Cameron Jackson

PhD candidate

Cameron Holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University and MFA in Theatre from The University of Alabama. Following a successful career in professional theatre, and recognised as a fellow of the National Theatre conference, he has held leadership and teaching posts at four major universities spanning the last 25 years. His research interests are concerned with inclusion in the performing arts, resulting from unconscious bias — particularly the impact on casting, representation, audience development and organisational effectiveness in commercial theatre. Cameron uses qualitative research methods and grounded theory to inform his work. 

PhD candidate

Sue Liburd MBE

PhD candidate

Sue champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does, promoting the importance and understanding of intersectionality and equality as a driver for business success. She was awarded an MBE in 2016 in recognition for her services to Business, Charities and Voluntary organisations. This year, she was named among the HERoes 100 Women Executives 2020.

Her research interests lie in the constructive disruption of organisational cultures to create healthy inclusive workplaces. Although the business case for diversity & inclusion is on the corporate leadership agenda, progress has remained stubbornly slow — gender, ethnic and cultural disparity is still prevalent in complex monolithic organisational cultures. 

With a background in organisational change, HR and OD, Sue is observing the emergence of more fearless diversity thinking, and a new generation of influencers changing the D&I narrative, and asking a different set of questions to generate fresh perspectives. In researching for her PhD, Sue aims to become a thoughtful contributory voice at this new evolving  table.

PhD candidate

Gail Parminter

PhD candidate

Gail is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Advertising at Lincoln. With 25 years' experience as an advertising creative, Gail has worked at many of London's top advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy and Bates Dorland. She made the change to education in 2015, taking up a teaching post on the Creative Advertising course at Falmouth University. She's also taught Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Westminster, and immediately prior to joining Lincoln Gail was a senior lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University. She has an HND in Creative Advertising, a BA (Hons) in English, an MSc in Gender and International Relations, and a PGCHE. 

Gail's research interests are focussed around understanding and negotiating the gendered nature of creativity in advertising and gendered environments on Creative Advertising higher education courses. Creative Advertising is a subject discipline that attracts a high proportion of female students who often leave university unprepared to navigate the complex gendered structures of the predominantly male-run creative departments of advertising agencies. This is a journey towards more gender-awareness and inclusivity in creative advertising, so that women are better able to influence the construction of creativity and therefore be more successful.

PhD candidate

Rebecca Brunk

PhD candidate

Rebecca was awarded a MA in Organisational Behaviour from the University of Leeds. She wrote her thesis on the influence inclusive leadership has on organisational culture, analysing the impact it has on women and LGBTQ+ employees from a cross-cultural UK-US perspective. Prior to that, she graduated from Michigan State University with a BSc in Neuroscience and a BSc in Psychology. She was published in Neuropharmacology in 2017 for her behavioral science research on identifying the neurobiological timeline of symptoms for addiction and depression in response to trauma. She has collaborated on projects related to health physiology, workplace behaviour, social connectivity, stress and emotional regulation, and most recently has been involved in the preservation of oral histories from LGBTQ+ people across West Yorkshire. She was a TEDx speaker in 2015, and has organised multiple conferences, taught workshops and facilitated conversations on the impact of diversity and inclusion. 

MA by Research candidate

Sophie Carter

MA by Research candidate

Sophie has recently graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. During her time at university, she recognised a true passion for promoting and encouraging equal, diverse and inclusive spaces for all individuals throughout all aspects of life. Her research interests lie predominantly within gender inequalities — gender inequalities in education, gendered divisions of labour in the home, gender roles within social settings, how gender is presented in the media, and how ideologies of masculinities impact societal perceptions of gender equality. Her undergraduate research dissertation explored how contemporary Hollywood cinema and the film industry shapes, and is shaped by, ideologies of hegemonic masculinity.  These research findings contributed to the development of Sophie's current research on gender inequalities and ideologies of masculinities within higher education.

"After completion of my MA research" Sophie says, "I hope to continue learning, encouraging and practising equality, diversity and inclusion through additional research in this progressively demanding discipline".