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I am a philosopher at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, exploring the ethical challenge of ensuring the long-term future of humanity. These include: the ethics of global population change and the development of dual use technologies (such as geoengineering and artificial intelligence), securing an equitable distribution of global resources and protecting the interests of future generations.
BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, University of Oxford
MSc Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics
PhD Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method, London School of Economics
I am a healthcare researcher whose work is interdisciplinary. My research combines insights in psychology and philosophy to help probe and better understand how health professionals and patients think about illness. As part of my job I also teach clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and medical doctors about clinical ethics, and the psychology behind their expertise.
BSc (Hons) Science Policy and Communication, University College London
MA Philosophy, Queens University, Belfast
PhD Philosophy, Queens University, Belfast
Dr Emma Butcher
Emma Butcher’s research investigates children’s experiences and responses to war in the nineteenth century. This includes the writings of the Brontës, who collaborated on fantastical war stories that reanimated war in a post-Waterloo age. Using children’s own voices through stories, journals and letters, she will tell original, alternative histories of war.
BA (First Class Hons) in English Literature at Brunel University
MA (Distinction) in English Literature at Brunel University
PhD in English Literature, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, University of Hull
Sophie is a Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University, and a novelist. Her research interests include: the relationship between naming and identity; the history and literature of the eighteenth century and Romantic period; and historical fiction. As a New Generation Thinker, she has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 ('Jeremy Bentham's Universal Tattoo', 'Is Marriage An Identity Crisis?', 'Not Suitable for Children' and 'What's In A Name?') and has published articles in the Guardian and BBC Arts.
BA English Literature, University of Oxford
MA English Literature, University of Pennsylvania
PhD English Literature, University of York
Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University
I am Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, working on a AHRC-funded project on how writer’s organisations, such as International P.E.N. influenced global ideas and even policy around free expression. In terms of my own research, I am currently writing a book looking at how British writers helped refugee writers to escape Europe during World War Two. I am more broadly interested in ideas of nationhood and European identity during wartime, how ideas of displacement and the refugee fit into this and how women writers especially chose to represent these ideas. After undertaking significant archival work over the recent years, I am also very interested in the archive, archival objects and how these can inform ideas around identity and place.
Dr Sarah Dillon is University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. She is a feminist critic and theorist specialising in contemporary British and North American literature and film. Her current research is focused on the intersections of literature, film and science. Individually, she is working on Feminist Science Fiction Film, a book that seeks to establish the history, present and possible futures of the genre, and to theorise what 'the science fictional' is, and what it can do. Collaboratively, she is an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence working on the AI Narratives project in conjunction with the Royal Society. She is part of a team carrying out research into the influence of imaginative literature on AI researchers, and is collaborating on a range of other project outputs.
MA Honours in English Literature, First Class, University of Cambridge
Masters in Philosophy and Literature, Distinction, University of Warwick
DPhil in English, University of Sussex, funded by the (then) Arts and Humanities Research Board
My research focuses on the effects of arts participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the use of the arts within clinical settings and the psychosocial impact of cultural engagement at a public health level. I have worked with the NHS for a number of years, investigating the effects of arts interventions on specific health conditions.
MA (Oxon) Music, University of Oxford
MMus Musicology, Kings College, University of London
PhD Psychoneuroimmunology, University College London
My research focuses on youth crime and youth justice, especially in a global context. I examine gangs and subcultures, place and space, and urban subcultures. I am interested in oral history, ethnography, and the use of digital and qualitative methods in research. Having worked at various institutions around the world including the University of Hong Kong, I have significant expertise in Asian criminology.
LLB Law, University of Glasgow
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford
My research explores the role of fluids in medieval literature for women, who were believed to have excessively liquid bodies. I look especially at Passion Meditations – late-medieval Christian texts that encourage readers to imagine themselves present at Christ’s crucifixion. I’m interested in how fluids are used to enhance this immersive experience, and to forge an emotional connection between reader and Christ.
BA in English Literature at University of Cambridge (Newnham College)
MPhil in Medieval Literature at University of Cambridge (Newnham College)
PhD: Queen Mary University of Water, exploring the role of water in late-medieval religious writings
My research focuses on the cultural reception of Renaissance and Early Modern literature in the Arab-Muslim world. I translate texts into Arabic as well as study texts in translation, and my work touches on a number of disciplines including visual art, cultural studies, music, politics, sociology, and theology. I also led a project examining Muslims in World War One at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, where I curated the first exhibition devoted to the topic.
BA English, University of Birmingham
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Birmingham City University
My interests fall into two broad categories: the history and practice of popular performance, and interactions between politics, literature and popular culture. Recently, I completed a book on the circus in twentieth-century Irish literature, art and film. Now, I have two distinct research projects running side-by-side. I am piecing together the biography of my great-grandfather, the nineteenth-century singer and actor Albert James, who toured nationally and internationally with leading comic opera companies, including the D’Oyly Carte. Meanwhile, the project Popular Appeal considers how politicians have co-opted literature and popular culture in the past 40 years to increase the effectiveness of their electioneering strategies..
BA English Language and Literature, King’s College, London
MA British and American Literature, New York University
PhD British and Irish Literature, University of Cambridge
Dr Zoe Norridge
Zoe Norridge is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London researching cultural responses to conflict. She is particularly interested in how Rwandans and international visitors have remembered the 1994 genocide and its aftermath through testimony, photography, memorialisation, literature and film. She also writes about African literature, photography, human rights, trauma, memorialisation, genocide studies and the role of the academic as a curator and cultural activist.
BA in Modern Languages, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
MPhil in European Literature, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
PhD in African Literature, School of Oriental and African Studies
Salvesen Fellowship, New College, University of Oxford
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, University of York
Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative literature, King’s College London
I look at political culture and ideas in the Renaissance, especially in the Tudor and Stuart Courts from the end of the Wars of the Roses to the English Civil War. In particular, I’m interested in techniques for influencing those in power, through advice, satire, or the ‘leaking’ of private documents. I’ve written on the work of figures such as Thomas more, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and Hobbes.
BA History and Political Studies, Queen’s University
Naomi is a researcher, performer, writer, magician, and award winning comedian. Her doctoral research explored the Actresses’ Franchise League and the contribution of theatre professionals to the performative propaganda of the suffrage campaign in the UK and the US. She has published two edited collections of suffrage plays with Bloomsbury, both launched at the National Theatre, and has talked about her research on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, Nightwaves, and Essential Classics, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Making History, Today in Parliament, and Science Stories, BBC Two’s The Daily Politics, and on BBC Parliament, amongst others. In 2018 she curated two public exhibitions – ‘What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women’ in UK Parliament, and ‘Dramatic Progress: Votes for Women and the Edwardian Stage’ at the National Theatre. Naomi is Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Associate Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and an Associate Artist of feminist production hub Scary Little Girls.
BA Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London
MDra Acting, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Sarah Peverley is a medievalist, cultural historian and Professor of English at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches and researches medieval literature and history. Her research focuses on literature produced during The Wars of the Roses (especially texts shaped by political ideas), medieval kingship, early book history, and mythical creatures. She is currently writing a cultural history of the mermaid, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, which explores how humans have used mermaids in literature and art across time. Sarah regularly acts as historical consultant and interviewee for documentaries focused on the medieval period. In the past she has written about Arthurian Literature, Anglo-Scottish relations in the Middle Ages, origin myths, stage and screen adaptations of medieval texts, early drama, and historical influences on Game of Thrones.
BA English Language and Literature, University of Hull
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Hull
PhD English Literature, University of Hull
My research focuses on the idea of trust, examining both the theory and practicalities of trust. I also work on questions raised by information and computing technologies, and military ethics. My doctoral research explored the role of trust on the internet, addressing how it can be restored or enhanced. I also served as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for five years.
Preti is a writer, filmmaker and academic whose work is underpinned by a commitment to human rights activism. Her debut novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG (Galley Beggar Press, 2017) was called ‘one of the most original and exquisite novels of the year,’ by the Sunday Times. Preti’s research interests are in culture and human rights; she works with writers, actors and activists using Shakespeare on the ground in current conflict and postconflict zones. For the BBC she has presented a Prom on Rabindranath Tagore and Zemlinsky, recorded the Essay on Indian modernism, Indian Shakespeare and freedom of speech, and talked about literature in translation, and on films and books about the Partition of India, on Free Thinking for Radio 3 and Open Book, Radio 4. Before becoming an academic Preti worked for over a decade as a human rights reporter and editor on minority rights, covering Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda among other places. She is the co-founder of the filmmaking collective ERA Films, and of Visual Verse, the online anthology of art and words. Preti is a Leverhulme Early Career Reseach Fellow at Warwick University working in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and the Centre for Human Rights in Practice until 2020.
BA Theology, University of Cambridge
PGDip, Print Journalism, City University (Scott Trust Bursary)
MA and PhD Creative Writing, Royal Holloway, University of London (Reid Scholarship)
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University
Fellow Commoner, Jesus College, Cambridge University
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Warwick University
Dr Clare Walker-Gore
My research examines the representation of disability in nineteenth-century literature, exploring how and why disability enables fictional characters to play particular roles. Disability tends to be defined as incapacity, and especially an incapacity to work, so I’m interested in the capacities of disabled characters, and the work that disability does in the Victorian novel. I investigate how genre shapes the literary representation of bodies, and seek to uncover the origins of our current ideas about disability.
BA in English at Selwyn College, Cambridge
MPhil in American Literature at Selwyn College, Cambridge
PhD in English, funded by the AHRC, at Selwyn College, Cambridge
Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge
I am a Wellcome Research Fellow at Exeter University, currently working on a major project on the history of facial hair in Britain, c. 1650-1900. More broadly I am a historian of medicine and the body in early modern Britain, with research interests including the history of the body (and particularly the male body), medical practitioners, medical remedies and hospitals. My first book 'Physick and the Family', a study of the medical history of early modern Wales, was awarded the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) book prize in 2012.
BA Hons (1st Class) in History at the University of Glamorgan
MA in History at Cardiff University, funded by a research studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council
PhD in History, funded by a prize scholarship from the Wellcome Trust