Our Research students

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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".

PhD candidate

Sara Bird

PhD candidate

Sara has spent most of her career in senior corporate roles as a Director with many of the World’s best-known Health and Beauty brands, including Boots and Specsavers. She has founded several businesses, including the Fatorexia Foundation, based on her critically-acclaimed book Fatorexia – what do you see when you look in the mirror? and a size-inclusive clothing label SqWears Couture, which has been showcased at London Fashion Week and worn by celebrities at red-carpet events.

Sara’s passion for inclusivity has developed particularly around obesity, where her main areas of interest are obesity discrimination and the disparity within the workplace and the healthcare, treatment, and opportunities for larger people. Her views on obesity have featured in a Government white paper where she moots that Fatorexia is a mental health issue. She has appeared on TV in the UK on This Morning, Australia on Kerry-Anne, and in the US on NBC Chicago to discuss the impact of Fatorexia and obesity discrimination, and had numerous articles featured in international press from Cosmopolitan Brazil, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Daily Mail.

I am delighted and excited to be starting my PhD and immersing myself in a research topic that is so important to me. Obesity, and the discrimination faced by those who occupy larger bodies, remain societally unaccepted.  I look forward to championing this issue  as my research develops”.

PhD candidate

Andrea C Simmons

PhD candidate

Andrea is a conceptual designer, design educationalist and an accredited examiner of art and design for establishments such as University of Cambridge International assessors and Pearson BTEC and Edexcel, with 25 years' affiliation within the design sector and 17 years’ experience within arts education. She obtained a BA (Hons) in European Fashion and Product Development at Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht, The Netherlands; a Masters degree in Design Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (formerly The London Institute), and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Arts Education at the London Centre for Fashion Studies via Middlesex University. She recently graduated with an MRes in Visual Communication from the prestigious Royal College of Art.

Andrea has worked both nationally and internationally for companies such as Nike Europa and Vivienne Westwood, and for the Ministry of Defence and NASA on specialist clothing and textiles apparel. For over nine years she was the Course Director of Fashion at Thames Valley University, developing an interest in the research and implementation of cultural representation through equality and diversity within fashion and its related arts. Her current research interests, derived from her life experience and introspection of the fashion and the arts sector, focus on skin-colour analysis and the production of theoretical systems to re-evaluate the perception of skin colour in design and society.  Andrea's research is interdisciplinary, combining fashion and its related arts with social science via ethnographical and anthropological practices, and aims to develop creative solutions and products that incorporate inclusive design concepts.

PhD candidate

Craig Christie

PhD candidate

I'm a Human Resources Generalist with over 25 years’ experience in a number of different organisations. My current role is as an International Human Resources Business Partner covering EMEA and Asia. I have 2 Master's degrees – MSc in Exercise and Nutritional Science, as well as MA in Human Resource Management. I'm also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. My interest in EDI, and my doctoral research, is around global organisation and their 'one size fits all' approach to EDI across the globe. 

I'm married to Dawn, and we have 3 grown up children, 2 grandsons, a dog, and 6 African pygmy hedgehogs...  I like to keep myself fit and healthy by being an active member of the local triathlon club.

PhD candidate

Patrick Adejayan

PhD candidate

Patrick, a consulting business intelligence and healthcare analytic, holds an MSc in global financial information systems and a master’s degree in managerial psychology in addition to a graduate certificate in pharmaceutical data analysis and a certificate in lifestyle medicine. He is passionate about the inconspicuous significance of diversity, particularly, dietary cultural lifestyle, on the attainment of a positive health outcome. His research interests centre on employing qualitative research methods and contemporary theoretical frameworks to spur a direction towards reducing health inequities, its grievous implication on socioeconomic policies and its far-reaching psychological implications. Patrick presently fosters inclusion by working with and advocating for people with disabilities; including intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and acquired brain injury; the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless as well as people going through addiction within the healthcare industry.