Visiting Scholars and Students
|Amlashi, Dr Hadi||Visiting Scholar||Dr Hadi Amlashi (Associate Professor) of the University of South-Eastern Norway collaborates with Dr Madjid Karimirad on the Uncertainty Assessment and Structural Reliability Analysis of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Systems. The goal of this visiting research cooperation is to establish consistent target levels for structural reliability analysis of Offshore Energy Systems regarding ultimate and fatigue limit states of components and systems. The research work includes the assessment of the reliability implied by semi-probabilistic design formats applied for offshore wind turbine structures, i.e., the definition of characteristic loads and the random and systematic uncertainty in loads and load effects, as well as the resistance. The variation in implied reliability for wind turbine structures is illustrated by comparing IEC 61400 with classification rules. The research will aim at establishing a methodology for a balanced reliability-based design code for wind turbines accounting for new aspects in Life-Cycle Assessment, i.e., Robustness, Resilience, Sustainability, and Environment-friendly Intervention. Outstanding challenges to improve the decision basis for optimal wind turbine design will be firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amr, Dr Alia'a||Visiting Scholar||Dr Alia'a Amr will be working with Dr Cristian Silva on a research project exploring spatial interstitality and in-betweenness in Belfast. The research will examine the determinants of interstitial spaces and disclose their unexplored socio-spatial potentials that allow recomposing and intensifying the fabric of cities. the Research aims to unpack alternative policies, planning approaches, modes of occupation, and design strategies to include interstitial spaces within the operating urban email@example.com|
|Garrett, Dr Zenobie||Visiting Scholar||
Dr. Garrett is an archaeologist who joined the OS200 project team led by Drs. Keith Lilley (QUB) and Catherine Porter (ULimerick) in March 2022. As a postdoctoral researcher, her main duties on the team include coordinating the digitization and preservation of Ordnance Survey records, database design and implementation, database integration into GIS, and metadata management. She is also actively involved in the project outreach programs. Outside of the project, Dr. Garrett maintains an active research agenda as the Assistant Director of the Dún Ailinne Archaeological Field School in Co. Kildare, Ireland.
|Maguire, Dr Rena||Visiting Scholar||Dr Maguire is working with Prof Murphy to address the gap of knowledge regarding the relationship between human and equid, at the transition of the Bronze Age to the Iron Age and Iron Age to early medieval period. The research seeks to address these gaps, through a combination of Zooarchaeology, excavation research and material object studies to better understand the travel, trade and animal husbandry aspects of Irish equitation, to detect social firstname.lastname@example.org|
|McKerr, Dr Lynne||Visiting Scholar|
|McLaughlin, Dr Rowan||Visiting Scholar||Dr McLaughlin is working with Prof Malone building on research previously carried out under the ‘FRAGSUS’ ERC FP7 Advanced Grant research project hosted by QUB email@example.com|
|Millar, Dr Gerry||Visiting Scholar||Dr Millar is currently working with Professor Eileen Murphy on a number of research projects relating to 19th century diseases in Ireland.|
|Porter, Dr Catherine||Visiting Scholar|
|O'Donnell, Dr S||Visiting Scholar||Dr S. Jonathon O’Donnell is collaborating with Dr Tristan Sturm on a joint research project tentatively titled “Beyond Apocalypse: Evangelical Christian Zionism in Proto-Fascist Times,” exploring the centrality of Christian Zionism to contemporary far-right evangelical politics as a lens into the broader intersections of religious nationalism, apocalypticism, and conspiracist politics in the twenty-first century. Bringing together Religious Studies and Human Geography, the project stages a critical intervention into the contemporary politics of the transnational Christian right, building on their prior expertise in the fields of contemporary demonology, Christian nationalism, and the critical study of firstname.lastname@example.org|
|O'Neill, Dr John||Visiting Scholar|
|Simms, Dr Mike||Visiting Scholar||
Dr Mike Simms is working with Dr Ruffell on evidence for climate change in the Late Triassic as part of their ongoing investigation of the Carnian Pluvial Episode, and with Prof Reimer on the timing and scale of Holocene sea level change on the east coast of Northern Ireland.
|Allmond, Dr Gillian||Visiting Scholar||
Dr Gillian Allmond is working with Professor Murphy on a project to mark the 175th anniversary of the Great Famine in Ireland. She has completed a background history to 'famine roads' in County Fermanagh and future work will identify and record the surviving stretches of the roads in the modern landscape of County Fermanagh. Gill is also developing a research project on the history and archaeology of children within the asylum system in Northern Ireland in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
|Bell, Dr David||Visiting Scholar||
Dr Bell is working with Prof Eileen Murphy and a number of colleagues within the School. This will include work on:
- the significance of decorative motifs common to a range of Bronze Age artefact types inlcuding metal work and ceramics.
- Assist in the development of a UG module on Cognitive Thinking in relation to archaeological research.
|Culloch, Dr Ross||Visiting Scholar||
Dr Ross Culloch is working with Dr Louise Kregting and other colleagues, including Dr Nick Horne on assessment and quantification of environmental impacts of marine renewable energy devices on key receptors, including benthos and marine mammals. Current collaborative work has focused on advancing collision risk modelling to be more robust, considering uncertainties in both the behavioural ecology of animals and available empirical data, using seals and tidal energy devices as a hypothetical scenario. Other areas of work include how accurate, informative and consistent cumulative impact assessments (CIAs) are. Where CIAs are defined as an assessment of impacts from multiple stressors (e.g. shipping, construction activity) on a given receptor (e.g. a species of marine mammal).
|Scott, Dr Brian||Visiting Scholar||Dr Brian G. Scott is a specialist in archaeometallurgy and the study of the transition from the Irish Later Bronze Age to the Iron age. He will be working to integrate new evidence on the various processes of change with existing ideas, and to create a new synthesis to cover the enigmatic period c. 700-300BC.||email@example.com|
|Webster, Dr Daniel||Visiting Scholar|
|Hancock, Dr Jon||Visiting Scholar||Dr Jon Hancock has a long standing relationship with many staff at Queen's University and is currently collaborating with Dr Madjid Karimirad on research into floating solar renewable energy systems. This research into new floating solar technologies will enable energy from the sun to be harvested from otherwise unused bodies of water in-land, nearshore and offshore. This proivdes clean reliable renewable power for future generations, reducing the green house gas emissions and the global dependence on fossil firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Harris, Dr Jonathan||Visiting Scholar||The research collaboration with Dr Satish Kumar focuses on the geopolitics of post-colonial international collaboration in Indian civil servant training and education. Our aim in this research is to elucidate political geographies of transnational knowledge production, circulation and governance as they relate to statecraft and state building in the years and decades following independence.|
|Li, Dr Kangkang||Visiting Scholar||Dr Li is working with Dr Plunkett to research how societies adapt to the changing climate of a hyper-arid Lop Nur region in Tarim Basin, a key region of central Asia, using lake sediments and archaeological remains. The research aims to place these desert-oasis cultures within the context of dynamic landscape changes and alterations in natural resource availability, and will determine the causes of development and abandonment based on form of mutualism between human and climate email@example.com|
|Shobeiri, Dr Sanaz||Visiting Scholar||My current research comparatively investigates the role of age and gender indicators in designing inclusive city centres in two different-scale case studies of Tehran and Belfast. Within an integrated qualitative-quantitative approach, this study explores the design and planning strategies to achieve sociocultural sustainability and thus contributes to the physical, mental and spiritual attachments of city-dwellers to their city firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hill, Dr Evan||Visiting Scholaremail@example.com|
|McGeown, Miss Claire||Visiting Student||Miss McGeown is working with Dr Hester. Research is being undertaken on the novel structural health monitoring techniques, including numerical simulations, lab experiments and field firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Everard, Miss Annabel||Visiting Student||Miss Everard is a student at Aberdeen University and is currently co-supervised by Dr Schofield (Aberdeen University), Dr Plunkett (Queen's University), Dr Mighall (Aberdeen University), Dr McMullen (Botanæco consultancy) and Dr Timpany (University of Highlands and Islands). This project aims to investigate the palaeoecological history of ancient deciduous woodlands in Scotland and Ireland, with particular emphasis on sub-canopy layers.|
|Graham, Miss Elinor||Visiting Student||
Researching coastal archaeology and the impacts of climate change, using remote sensing techniques to investigate and track coastal change and develop mitigation strategies to help the sector manage the threatened coastal archaeological resource.
|Green, Miss Emilie||Visting Student||
In October of 2020, Emilie began her NERC (Natural Environmental Research Council) funded QUADRAT DTP PhD in Geoscience at the University of Aberdeen. Her research is to be conducted along side the ‘Chronologies and Changing Cultures on the Mongolian Steppe’ project under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Wright (University of Aberdeen) and Prof. Paula Reimer (14CHRONO Centre @ Qub). Her research will focus on compiling existing radiocarbon dates alongside newly dated samples from both northern and southern Mongolia, and aims to explore how nomadic pastoral communities of Mongolia adapted to the dynamic and changing environments of the Eurasian Steppe during the Middle Holocene, and the Bronze and Iron Ages. This project seeks to utilize the availability of high-quality chronological data to compile a model in which the periods of north-central Mongolia can be re-examined alongside attributes associated with these chronological periods such as; subsistence, monuments, and technologies in order to cross-examine these attributes against the changing environmental conditions of the Mongolian Steppe. Emilie will be conducting 14C dating at the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment and Chronology at Queen’s University under the guidance of Prof. Reimer.
This research will build upon past research by (a) compiling existing radiocarbon dates, (b) collecting new radiocarbon dates from animal and human bone, (c) conducting Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope analysis of both animal and human remains to examine changes in subsistence, herding and grazing (d) to explore the application of stable isotope analysis of elements such as C/N and oxygen as a proxy for environmental and landscape change to explore periods of climatic change, and (e) to construct a synthesis of new and existing data into a high-resolution chronological model focused within the Egiin Gol area, in which cultural changes can be examined against environmental data to explore responses to dynamic environments and identify the ‘moments’ of change.
|Curry, Ms Charlotte||Visiting Student||
My research aims to understand the impacts of climate change and mining on how the water supplies from mountain regions in South America and Central Asia will vary in future. It will combine advanced remote sensing and geomorphological mapping to outline how glaciers have changed during the Holocene (11,000 years ago to present) to place glacier change in perspective of longer-term climate change, and then assess how mining activities have contributed to present-day glacial change. These analyses will constrain a glacier model, which will then be used to quantify the relative impacts of climate change and human activities on recent glacier change. The model will then be used to project glacier change under 21st Century climate scenarios and to quantify the impact of both climate change and mining activities on future regional water resources. The results of this project will be insightful for not only the policy makers seeking to regulate mining industries, but the populations that are dependent on glacially-derived meltwater as drought-resistant water resources.
Dr. Andrew Newton is co-supervisor of my PhD project to contribute his unique expertise in glacial geology and geomorphology, in particular the use of geological data to understand glacier change in high altitude environments, and to predict the impacts of future climate change in these environments.
|Haristouy, Julette Miss||Visiting Student||
Miss Haristouy is a Visiting student from France, who will be spending time over the summer gaining experience in the Research Concrete Laboratory under the supervision of Prof Soutsos.
|Hou, Yuting Mr||Visiting Student||
Mr Hou is a PhD student at Xiamen University, China. He is currently working with Dr Wesley Flannery. His research interests include Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning, formulation and evaluation of Marine Spatial Planning schemes, public participation and stakeholder engagement in marine governance. His current project is about the comparative study of Marine Spatial Planning between China and the UK.