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York St John University supports a range of research projects and research students within the scope of its professional subject areas.

Our full and part-time Postgraduate research students are supervised by experienced academic staff with subject related research experience.

Below is a list of areas we supervise along with contact details for our School Research Leads.

Supervision Areas:

  • Cultural Theory and Cultural History
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy and Aesthetics
  • Psychoanalytical Theory
  • Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Drawing
  • Feminist Theory
  • Political Communication
  • Media Ethics
  • Visual Culture
  • Comics Studies
  • Art History, Theory and Practice
  • Art and Society
  • Digital Art and Aesthetics
  • The Internet of Things
  • Smart Devices
  • Technology and Society/Social Cohesion
  • Data Science
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Materials, Materiality and New Materialism

Contact:

Dr Vanessa Corby, School Research Lead
v.corby@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876749

Supervision Areas:

  • Advanced statistical modelling (e.g., structural equation modelling)
  • Doping in sport
  • Exercise dependence
  • Mental health and wellbeing in sport, exercise, and dance
  • Meta-analytical studies
  • Peer victimisation in sport
  • Perfectionism in sport, exercise, dance and health
  • Personality and performance in sport
  • Psychology of sports coaching
  • Psychology of chronic illness and disability
  • Psychometrics (i.e., questionnaire development and validation)
  • Youth development through sport

Research groups:

  • Motivation, Performance and Wellbeing (MPaW)
  • Physical Activity & Cardiovascular Health (PAtCH)

Contact:

Dr Andy Hill, School Research Lead
a.hill@yorksj.ac.uk
+44(0)1904 876365

  • Leadership
  • Leadership and management of change
  • Leadership and management development
  • New Public Management (NPM) and Managerialisation
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Trade Union Organising and Employment Relations
  • Longitudinal Qualitative Research
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing of SME's
  • Intercultural Management
  • MENA region management (Middle East and North Africa)
  • Organisational Culture
  • Organisational Risk, Crisis, Failure and Disaster Management

Research Groups:

  • Futures: interdisciplinary research group promoting critical study in business management.
  • Heritage and Arts Visitor Research Collaborative (HAVRC)

Contact:

Dr Peter Watt, School Research Lead
p.watt@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876178

Supervision Areas:

  • Children's Perspectives and Children's Rights, Youth Justice
  • Social and Education Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Education and Politics (Democracy, Neoliberalism)
  • Ecological/Environmental Aspects of Education
  • The Use of Silence in Education
  • Ability Grouping in Education
  • Teacher Identity and Teacher Development
  • Cultures, Identities and Globalisation in Education
  • Comparative and Inter-professional Education
  • Vocational, Further, and Higher Education
  • Organisational Learning
  • Psychological Contracts
  • Leadership and Management in the Early Years
  • Education and Working Cultures
  • Literature and Education
  • Spirituality in Education
  • Critical Thinking, Creativity and Education
  • Academic Literacies
  • Practitioner, Narrative, Action, and Applied Pedagogical Research
  • Community Philosophy and Parents' Voices
  • Citizenship and the Management of Change
  • The Young Child as a Learner
  • Professional Identities
  • LEA Management and Administration
  • Early Years Education: European Perspectives
  • Faith and Cultural Diversity in Education
  • Assessment and Feedback

Contact:

Professor Matthew Clarke, School Research Lead
m.clarke@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876528

Supervision Areas:

  • Counselling
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy with older people and people with mental health problems
  • Research with people with neuropsychological problems (e.g. dementia, stroke) and their Carers, particularly related to impact on their function, activities and occupational engagement
  • Development and standardisation of health and/or social care related outcome measures
  • Psychometric studies (reliability, validity, clinical utility, normative, etc.)
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Mental health and forensic mental health
  • Occupational science
  • Service evaluation
  • Continuing Professional Development for Allied Health Professionals
  • Activity and engagement in care homes
  • Health coaching
  • Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
  • Genotoxicology
  • Mutagenesis
  • Cytogenetics
  • Cell Biology and Pathology
  • Cancer Biology and Pharmacology
  • Stress biomarkers
  • Natural product research
  • Development of in vitro immunodiagnostics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Amyloid and protein folding, and in vitro amyloid protein analysis

Research Groups:

  • Health and Wellbeing Research Group
  • Domestic Violence Research Group

Contact:

Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett, School Research Lead
a.laverfawcett@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876419

Supervision Areas:

  • English British History - from Late Medieval Period to Present Day (particularly war history)
  • American History - 19th Century to Present Day (including African-American history)
  • 20th Century History: The Commonwealth, The United Nations, South Africa, the Soviet Union
  • French, British, Indian and Pacific History
  • Modern Historiography
  • British/American Literature and Poetry - 18th Century to present day
  • Utopian/Dystopian Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literature and Science
  • Literature and society: war, postcolonialism, politics, environment and eco-criticism, sexuality and gender
  • Performance writing, experimental writing and exploration of form
  • Visual poetics and ekphrasis
  • Radio/Audio Drama
  • Film Studies (Hollywood, contemporary British Film, Music Documentary/Music Film)
  • Popular culture and visual representation
  • Creative engagements with archival and historical materials
  • Creative/Critical PhD projects (including creative writing projects)
  • Social geography: place and identity, social identities;
  • Urban policy: cultural policy, housing policy, regeneration, community politics
  • Cultural geographies of nature, landscape, and outdoor activities
  • Environmental behaviours and attitudes
  • GIS and remote sensing for environmental applications
  • Biogeography/ecology
  • Philosophy of geography
  • Practical and/or Empirical Theology
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Practical and Ordinary Theology
  • Public Theology
  • Religion and Society
  • Religion, Violence and Peace
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
  • Spirituality, Literature and Art
  • Theology of Criminology, Justice and Punishment
  • Theology, Sexuality and Gender

Research groups:

  • The Centre for Religion in Society
  • The York Centre for Writing

Contact:

Professor Pauline Kollontai, School Research Lead
p.kollontai@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876573

Supervision Areas:

  • Language Variation and Change
  • Language Identity and Power
  • Language Meaning and Cognition
  • Language Learning and Teaching

Research groups:

  • Language and Identities in InterAction Research Unit (LIdIA)
  • Centre for Language and Social Justice Research (LSJ)

Contact:

Professor Helen Sauntson, School Research Lead
h.sauntson@yorksj.ac.uk 
+44(0)1904 876880

Supervision Areas:

Dance, Drama and Theatre:

  • Applied and Community Practice
  • Theatre Audience
  • Digital Practices
  • Drama and Theatre Practice
  • Performance and Phenomenology
  • Performance and Politics
  • Performance Writing / Writing for Performance
  • Practice as Research
  • Theatre for Children and Young Audiences

Media:

  • Independent American Cinema
  • Japanese Film
  • Transnational Cinema

Music:

  • Applied Ethnomusicology
  • Collaboration and Authorship
  • Community Music
  • Ensemble History and Practice
  • Improvisation
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Production
  • Practice as Research

Cross-disciplinary:

  • Audience Research
  • Arts and Aesthetics
  • Arts and Social Impact
  • Arts and Mental Health
  • Community Practices
  • Walking and Creative Practice

Research Centre:

  • International Centre for Community Music (ICCM)

Contact:

Professor Matthew Reason, School Research Lead
m.reason@yorksj.ac.uk
+44(0)1904 876770

Supervision Areas:

  • Typical and atypical language, reading and/or mathematical development in children and adults
  • Contextual factors in cognitive-linguistic development
  • Children’s memory recall studies
  • Risky behaviour in young people
  • Psychological and neural mechanisms supporting language learning and use in adults and children, with a particular focus on grammar learning
  • Relational ethics
  • Practitioner supervision
  • Loss / bereavement
  • Coaching
  • Social psychology: (dis)obedience, citizenship, peace and conflict
  • Sexuality and gender, violence against women, interpersonal violence
  • Ethnicity and migration
  • Radicalisation and extremism

Research groups:

  • Counselling and Mental Health Research Clinic

Contact Details:

Dr Stephen Gibson, School Research Lead
s.gibson@yorksj.ac.uk
+44(0)1904 876581

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