My research interests include: the composers Louis Andriessen and Harrison Birtwistle; minimalism; music of the Netherlands; avant-garde music in the 1960s; relationship between music and political/social movements; public subsidy and cultural policy; the Cold War; situationism; communism (especially outside the communist bloc). I am author of two monographs on Andriessen and Birtwistle, and editor of the volume Sound Commitments: Avant-garde Music and the Sixties. I am currently writing a book on avant-garde music in 1960s Amsterdam, and editing a volume of essays on music and communism outside the communist bloc.
My main area of research is north western Italy in the earlier medieval period. I am about to publish a book on early medieval Milan with Brepols: The Lands of Saint Ambrose. Monks and Society in Early Medieval Milan . This monograph, which covers the period from the fifth to the eleventh centuries C.E., investigates the political, social and economic aspects of the transformation of the Roman world in one of its major centres.
Its main theme is the role of monastic communities in this transformation. It shows how successive generations of monks helped to change the social organisation of the city and much of its hinterland, largely through their substantial dealings in property as recorded in one of the most important surviving collections of early medieval charters. The book complicates the existing view that Milan was transformed by a 'new' mercantile class. I have also done a lot of research into the medieval history of the small town of Varese, in eastern Liguria.
I will be publishing an annotated translation of the earliest narrative history of the town (c. 1558 C.E.) and will, over the next few years, be writing a monograph on early medieval Liguria, which will include consideration of its urban development.
My urban interests focus on the relationality of world cities’ knowledge-intensive economies in contemporary globalisation, which links into the debates about the space of flows and network society, and competitive standing of global financial centres. Specific projects have focused on: globalisation and world cities; the competitiveness of international financial centres, particularly London and Frankfurt; London’s inter-city relations; and transnationalism and transnational urban mobilities (like immigration and travel). I have published widely on globalisation and world cities, transnationalism and transnational elites, and highly skilled international labour mobilities.
My research interests encompass the changing nature of urban centres during the Roman period in Europe and the Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on how urbanism and ideas of urbanism contributed to the formation and maintenance of identities. Much of my research has focused on the city in late antiquity, based in part around a long term research project at the city of Butrint in southern Albania. My current fieldwork is concentrated on the town of Venta Icenorum (modern Caistor St. Edmund) in Norfolk. This is one of only three civitas capitals in Britain that do not have modern settlements overlying them, and offers the opportunity to study how a Roman regional centre developed and how it reflected the needs and aspirations of the local people (the Iceni) who, under Boudica, were famously hostile to Rome.
My main research interests are in the visual and intellectual culture of imperial Rome, and my work is particularly concerned with exploring cultural differences in perception, aesthetics and sensibilities. My monograph Colour and Meaning in Ancient Rome was published by Cambridge University Press, and I am working on a separate project on dirt, pollution and taboo in pre-Christian Roman culture. I also have interests in the reception of the ancient world in modern European culture, and I am editor of Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire (2010, Oxford University Press), a collection of essays examining the interactive relationship between classical ideas and British imperialism from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.
As well as pursuing further research on each of these topics, I am also engaged in a long-term research project on the theme of pollution in pre-Christian Roman society, religion and culture, a topic on which I already have a number of articles. I am editor of a volume titled Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in the Eternal City from Antiquity to Modernity (forthcoming 2012, Cambridge University Press), which is based on a conference held at the British School at Rome in June 2007. I am a member of the British School at Rome's Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters, and Editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome.
(Architecture and Built Environment, Ningbo Campus)
As well as being an academic, Ali is an architectural and urban designer with background in research, teaching and practice in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Design and Planning. With extensive training and research in Architecture and Urban Design (PhD, M.Arch, Dip UD, BA in Architecture), Ali is also very interested in undertaking multi-disciplinary research studies in other sectors in social sciences; such as, Socio-psychology, Human Geography, Cognitive Mapping and Socio-economic.
In research months, Ali has been working on studies in Urban Ecology, Cultural Studies and Social Sustainability in Urbanism. He has worked on 70+ architectural (including architecture; urban design; master-planning; and landscape architecture) and design consultancy projects and has worked on both UK-based and international practice and research projects (Europe, Middle East and Eastern Asia).
Ali’s recent research study explores the concept of urban identity and examines temporary use of public places and their influences on spatial inter-relations and socio-environmental values of cities. This research programme also looks at possibilities and design solutions for maximising the potential of public realms.
Ali’s another major interest is in the field of urban identity, sustainable urbanism, urban growth and rapid urbanisation. Current research work include: ‘Vernacular Architecture and Design’, ‘Urban Growth Management’ and ‘Community Development’.
My research has focused on the garden city movement and organicism in early twentieth-century Germany. I examine the first German garden city Hellerau (founded in 1908) as a utopian moment at the dawn of industrial capitalism, in which the founders firmly believed that they could shape mass culture into an organic whole. A parallel research direction has been the contemporary urban transformations in Post-wall Berlin, which culminated in two articles published in the Journal of Architectural Education and International Studies in Philosophy . I explored the commodification of public space and the representation of collective memory in urban renewal projects that were realised after the reunification of Germany.
Dr Paul Elliott
I am currently a lecturer in history at Derby University and also teach history at Leicester University. Between 2001 and 2007, I was research fellow in cultural and historical geography in the School of Geography at Nottingham University and am now a special lecturer. My research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century urban history, scientific and intellectual history and the history of education, and I would welcome contact with others with interests in these areas. This has included work on English urban scientific culture ( The Derby Philosophers: Science and Culture in British Urban Society, 1750-1850 [Manchester University Press, forthcoming] and nineteenth-century parks and arboretums (P. Elliott, C. Watkins, S. Daniels eds., 'Cultural and Historical Geographies of the Arboretum', special issue of Garden History ). I have been on the editorial board of Urban History since 2001 for which I help to write the annual periodicals review.
English medieval towns and their economies, small towns and urban failure and fifteenth-century urban and commercial decline in England. Other research interests include the study of medieval women, with particular reference to women and work in medieval England.
Simon is interested in understanding how weather and climate affects urban populations. Current research is investigating the impacts of heat waves of human health in urban areas, as well as the effects of climate on urban water resources. He is interested in understanding both present-day relationships between these factors and how they might change over the coming decades.
Research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; and architectural exhibitions. He has published books, chapters in books, refereed articles and conference papers in these areas and has obtained grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Arts Council and local industry. He also acts as research coordinator for the School’s Architectural History and Theory Group (AHTG). Current research projects include: "Anywhere", "Future Garden" and “Moving City – The Electronic Guidebook”, that takes these research themes out into the city via a mobile exhibition using digital technology.
Stephen Legg is a lecturer in cultural and historical geography. His research focuses on colonial India, taking 20th century Delhi as the main case study. This has been explicated in his recent book Spaces of Colonialism: Delhi's Urban Governmentalities (2007, Blackwell), which examined the residential, policing, and infrastructural environments of the new capital. His current work examines the regulation of prostitution in an international context, placing local debates in the context of recommendations from the League of Nations and other humanitarian groups. He also has a longstanding interest in Indian anti-colonial nationalism.
British and European urban history with an emphasis on cultural issues such as leisure and gender; on planning history and the introduction of planning ideas in European cities in the early twentieth century; and on the history of green open spaces in cities from the mid nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Current research focuses on the history of green open spaces in European cities.
The social, religious and cultural history of early modern England, with particular reference to the history of London. Recent research explores themes ranging from the impact of the Reformation and the early development of the West End to the social history of the royal court, the competing use of space by different social groups, and the impact of plague and poverty. Current research is focused on two main areas: firstly, the relationship between religion and urban society--with regard to space, time and people; secondly, the social, cultural and spatial developments in the metropolis during the seventeenth century, especially the socio-economic impact of the gentry and aristocracy.
(Architecture and Built Environment)
Dr Porter's interests, qualifications and experience span a range of built environment disciplines including landscape architecture, urban design and architecture. Following training at the University of Melbourne (PhD, M.Arch, Grad Cert L.Arch, BPD) Nicole taught landscape theory within the landscape program at Melbourne. In 2008 Nicole was appointed as lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra, where she taught a number of design studios, with projects ranging from individual residential gardens through to urban interventions / installations, critical urban design scenarios and the design and management of National Park landscapes.
Her current role at the University of Nottingham includes undergraduate architecture studio teaching and research with a strong landscape and place making focus. Nicole has practiced as an urban designer with the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, where she engaged in master planning work and strategic policy research. Nicole led the production of the PIA award winning Molonglo Valley Place making guide (2010). She is a Registered Landscape Architect with the AILA.
Southern French urban development c.1000 to c.1250, esp. in the northern Languedoc, specifically the development of established towns as commercial centres, the founding of new towns, tensions between clerics and urban elites, familial and confessional identity in castra and commercial towns, urban nobility, town fortifications, and the impact of the Albigensian Crusade and Inquisition on urban life. Other interests include early- and high-medieval Gascony and Aquitaine, in particular political development and religious heresy and social dissidence in these regions.
My primary research interests are in the philosophical understanding of moral talk, thought, discourse and action. I am particularly interested in the way in which moral discourse can be used to express attitudes for the purposes of interpersonal co-ordination and with what this tells as about the nature of moral disagreement, truth and argument. I also have interests in the areas of environmental ethics and bioethics.
Arising from my study of the ‘overcoming modernity’ debates of the 1920s, my research interests have turned to Japanese urban and environmental history in the twentieth century. In particular I am working on a proposal for a project entitled Competing Visions of Urban Living: A comparative study of Birmingham, England and Nagoya, Japan from 1920 to the present day . The project will be collaborative and interdisciplinary, drawing on historical, philosophical and geographical perspectives in order to build bridges between Japanese and British understandings about the contested spaces occupied by man, technology and nature within the urban environment. My other research interests include: Japanese intellectual history of the 1920s and 30s and the importance of personality psychology in interpreting autobiographical writing.
I am a cultural historian with a particular interest in the role of the built environment in urban and civic identity politics in modern Europe. My monograph "German Cities and Bourgeois Modernism" (OUP, 2009) explored the city -- from grand urban planning interventions to the microcosm of the bourgeois music chamber -- as a site where a distinct new form of liberal politics took shape. It also deals with major organisations for the reform of urbanism, such as the German Werkbund. Related publications, such as my book "Vernacular Modernism: Heimat, Globalisation and the Built Environment" (SUP 2005) focus on the built environment as a strategy whereby a 'sense of place' was written into the project of modernism (often to counter class-based political formations) in various sites in Europe and North America in the 20th century.
As part of a broader interest in the politics of regionalism, I have also written comparatively on the idea and physical shape of 'second cities' in Europe, with a particular emphasis on Spain (esp Barcelona) and Germany (esp Hamburg, Munich, Hagen).
My current work explores spatial imaginaries in National Socialist Germany and Francoist Spain. While not confined to the city (my co-author and I also explore experiential practices such as car driving, and modes of spatial representation such as amateur photography), the discourse about and the physical transformation of cities under both regimes remain central to our analysis of how the sense of place was reconfigured and politically mobilized under these dictatorships.
I have worked on aspects of French art and history in the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on writing on art in Paris (criticism, shop signs). I am currently developing a project on the origins of the flaneur, reconsidering the phenomenon of the pedestrian spectator and its political implications, and also tracing its exportation/assimilation abroad. I recently completed a study of attitudes to and representations of Rome('Roman Fever'), which rethinks the Eternal city as a place of filth, infection, and crisis.
Archaeology - PhD research:'The Tabernae of Roman Pompeii: a case study of Region VIII'
Sidika Bahar Durmaz
Architecture and Built Environment - PhD research: ‘Creativity and urban space: the cases of Soho-London and Beyoglu-Istanbul’
Geography - PhD research: Land contamination investigation, risk assessment and remediation
History - PhD research: 'Public Ritual and Festive Culture in English towns, c.1630-1670'
Archaeology - PhD research: Development of urban centres in prehistoric Americas
Samuel Farnham (Archaeology)
Geography - PhD research: 'An assessment of the suitability of the incidence function model for use in urban conservation planning'
Geography - PhD research: ‘Painter and Place: Exhibiting the work of Joseph Wright in Derby, 1800-1900’
History - PhD research: ‘Sound, noise and silence in late medieval towns’
History - PhD research: ‘Josep Puig i Cadafalch and the Construction of Modern Catalan Identity (1880-1930)’
History - PhD research: ‘Oligarchs and the “middling sorts”: Nottingham, c.1400-1600’
Geography - PhD research: Urban Remote Sensing
Geography - PhD research: Urban brownfields
History - PhD research: 'Women, gender and identity in late medieval urban society'
History - PhD research: ‘A Comparative Study of the Design of Public Open Space in Industrialising Societies East & West: The Work of the Pioneer British & Japanese Park Designers in the 19th & Early 20th Century’