Conference 2019

The University Creating Knowledge Conference took place on Monday 17 June 2019 at City Campus. It provided an opportunity for our researchers to present their work associated with the Creating Knowledge research and impact platforms

  • Healthy, Independent Lives
  • Thriving, Inclusive Communities
  • Future Economies

There was ample opportunity to explore the potential internal and external collaborations offered by the platforms and how they can be realised. The conference also included a doctoral showcase where students presented their work at dedicated stands during the lunch and refreshment intervals.

Please email for queries.

Here’s Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement, talking about what we can expect from this year’s conference.

A committee convened and chaired by Professor Doug Cleaver, Director of the Doctoral School and comprising representatives of the Professoriate, Early Career Researcher and Doctoral Researcher communities put together the following programme:

09:30 Opening Plenary (Pennine lecture theatre)

Welcome: Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Keynote: Jenny Dibden (Co-Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government & Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Three Minute Thesis finalists: Rebecca Chadwick, Matthew Debney, Shruti Mandhani,
Aimee Quickfall and Janet Ulman.


Refreshments and doctoral showcase stands (Heartspace)

11:00 Future Economies 1
Chair: Fin O’Flaherty
Peak Lecture Theatre
Digital Media, Education & Society
Chairs: Ruth Deller
& Jake Habgood
Norfolk 210
Thriving, Inclusive Communities 1
Chairs: Rory Ridley-Duff

& Laura Kilby
Pennine Lecture Theatre
Gerard Ekhart Made in Europe – Manufacturing location decisions for the 21st century. Jonathan Herring Photography in the Retail Space David Best Strengths-based working in UK prisons.
Christopher Whiteoak Efficient Construction of Complex Cyclic Compounds by Employing Metal Catalysis. Joan Rodriguez-Amat Automated recording and processing of student attendance data using cloud-based spreadsheets and a low-cost custom RFID reader Christine Gilligan Social Enterprise – working together to support the SDGs.
Wei Deng Alternative raw materials and reformulation for reducing the environmental impact of economic glass manufacture. Laura Martin Visualising the Criminological Research Methods ‘Journey’ Paul Hickman Using the behaviour change framework, ‘COM-B’, to understand social housing tenants’ rent payment behaviour.
Quanshun Luo Research in high performance steels. Alessandro Di Nuovo  Programming intelligent robots that care for humans Saloomeh Tabari The ‘Third Place’ Role of the Café in People’s Lives: a comparison of the Islamic café and the Western café.

Lunch and doctoral showcase stands (Heartspace)

13:30 Healthy, Independent Lives 1
Chair: David Broom
Pennine Lecture Theatre
Public Humanities
Chairs: Lisa Hopkins
& Doug Hamilton)
Peak Lecture Theatre
Researching ethically with those deemed ‘vulnerable’.
Chair: Nick Hodge
Norfolk 210
Simon Choppin A novel method of assessing human body shape. Paul Whitfield (History) The Dronfield School Strike of 1914 A collective symposium presented by members of SHARP – a cross university collaboration of those interested in autism research. Helen Chaudhuri, Nick Hodge, Thomas Price, Lisa Reidy, Amanda Willcox and Stephen Connolly. Discussion chaired by Ann Macaskill.
Oseikhueeman Ojie Developments of tools to assist with diagnosing balance problems. Ellie Johnson (English) “It takes no prisoners this stuff doesn’t (.) it can happen to anyone” – Understanding Conceptualisations of Addiction from a Cognitive Stylistic Perspective
Martin Lamb Using behavioural science to understand physical inactivity in Doncaster as part of Sport England’s Local Delivery Pilot. Tom Payne (Stage and Screen) Doppelgangster’s Everybody Loses
Cecile Morris Attitudes towards breastfeeding in public.

Refreshments and doctoral showcase stands (Heartspace)

15:30 Future Economies 2
Chair: Aimee Ambrose
Pennine Lecture Theatre
Healthy Independent Lives 2
Chair: Simona Francese

Peak Lecture Theatre
Thriving, Inclusive Communities 2
Chairs: Rory Ridley-Duff

& Laura Kilby
Norfolk 210
Jennifer Smith Maguire Making tastes, making markets: Thinking about the role of cultural intermediaries in building a fine wine consumption culture in China. Alex Knowles Periodontopathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis modulates stress granule formation and composition in oral epithelial cells. Ruth Beresford Having Fun in Research: A Community Activity? Methodological Reflections on a Participatory Research Project about Pornography.
Tim Woolliscroft Conceptualising ‘smart business’ through smart city thinking. Oana Voloaca Novel Diagnosis Technique for Identification of Asbestos Fibres in Mesothelioma Samples using LA-ICP-MS Imaging. Punita Chowbey I did not know where my card and cheque books were kept:  economic abuse and financial strategies in Britain, India and Pakistan.
Aimee Ambrose Walking with Energy: overcoming energy ‘invisibility’ through research participation. Ruth Evans Non-Invasive Respiration Monitoring by Thermal Imaging to Detect Sleep Apnoea. Ian Elsmore Keeping the Tourist Pound in Yorkshire: A Study of Local Food Chains.

Closing plenary (Pennine lecture theatre)
Announcement of doctoral prizes and closing comments

17:00 Networking reception (Heartspace)