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Interdisciplinary research in the School of English

Interdisciplinary research

We have a long tradition of interdisciplinary research, developed and sustained by our Research Centres, and supported by the University's interdisciplinary research structures, which promote cross-disciplinary collaborations to drive innovation and change.

We lead the University's 'Cultures and Communications' Global Research Theme (GRT) (Moran), co-lead the 'Culture Matters' Interdisciplinary Research Cluster (IRC) (Ní Fhlathúin), and contribute to the transdisciplinary 'Rights Lab' Beacon of Excellence and the 'Creative and Digital' IRC. These structures provide internal funding for interdisciplinary research, and facilitate collaborations on externally-funded projects, providing the mechanisms through which to achieve impact at local, national, and international levels.

We are major contributors to the Faculty's cross-disciplinary Institute for Medieval Research (IMR) and we work collaboratively with Horizon Digital Economy and Schools including Computer Science, Physics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, and Pharmacy, bringing new approaches to research in English.



Externally-funded projects 

Externally-funded interdiscipinary research projects
Project title Principal/Co- Investigator Research Centre Awarding body Project dates Partner(s)
Coronavirus Discourses:  Linguistic Evidence for Effective Public Health Messaging Svenja Adolphs PI CRAL AHRC, £365.1k 04/01/2021 - 03/07/22 Computer Science, Engineering
Trusted Data-driven Products Svenja Adolphs Co-I CRAL EPSRC Digital Economy, £4.1m 2020-25 Horizon, Computer Science
Technically Speaking: EDI workplace narratives of Technicians during COVID-19 Louise Mullany Co-I CRAL EPSRC 01/06/2020 - 01/12/2020 Engineering
ExTRA-PPOLATE (Explainable Therapy Related Annotations:  Patient & Practitioner Oriented Learning Assisting Trust & Engagement) Daniel Hunt Co-I CRAL EPSRC 01/03/2020 - 31/03/2021 Medicine
Enhancing UK Flood Resilience: Past Floods, Present Threats, Future Responses Jayne Carroll Co-I INS AHRC, £44.9k 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022 University of Leicester
STEMM-CHANGE Louise Mullany and Lucy Jones Co-Is CRAL  EPSRC, £523.7k   Physics, Medicine, Health Sciences
From Human Data to Personal Experience Svenja Adolphs Co-I CRAL EPSRC Digital Economy, £4.1m 2015-20 Horizon, Computer Science, Psychology
CaSMa: Citizen-centered approaches to social media analysis Svenja Adolphs Co-I CRAL ESRC, £361.6k Feb 2014 - Feb 2016 Computer Science, Psychology
Archives, Assets and Audiences: new modes to engage audiences with archival content and heritage sites Svenja Adolphs Co-I CRAL  AHRC, £200k Jan 2013 - Dec 2013 Computer Science; Nottingham Trent University; University of Glasgow
DReSS II. From Digital Record to Population Observatory Svenja Adolphs and Ron Carter Co-Is CRAL  ESRC, £718.4k Oct 2008 - Sep 2011 Computer Science, Psychology
DReSSI: Understanding New Forms of Digital Record Svenja Adolphs and Ron Carter Co-Is  CRAL  ESRC, £649.4k 2005 - 2008 Computer Science, Psychology


Internally funded projects

Internally-funded interdiscipinary research projects
Project title Principal Investigator Research Centre University funding Project dates Partner(s)
Adaptive Phrasebook for language learners in museums and galleries Svenja Adolphs CRAL Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £1.4k 01/04/2020 - 31/07/2021 Computer Science; University of Cardiff
Staffordshire Placenames Digital Interface Jayne Carroll and John Baker INS Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £2.1k 01/04/2020 - 31/07/2021  
A Comparison of Passive Use in American and British English Dominic Thompson CRAL International Collaboration Fund, £4.5k 18/03/2019 - 08/04/2019 UC Davis
Lace2Place: An Immersive VR sprint Spencer Jordan CRLC Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £15k 01/10/2018 - 01/05/2019 NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality; Nottingham Mission Room; Nottingham Contemporary
Narrative and Identity: A Linguistic Analysis of Gender Dysphoric Patients’ Autobiographies Lucy Jones CRAL Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £20.9k 01/09/2018 - 31/07/2019 Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health
Performing Slavery James Moran and Chris Collins CRLC Rights Lab Beacon, £4.9k  2018 Nottingham Lakeside Arts; Hall Park Academy, Eastwood
Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands Judith Jesch CSVA  Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £23.3k 01/05/2017 - 28/02/2018 Nottingham Lakeside Arts; UoN Manuscripts and Special Collections; Derby Museums; The Collection Museum, Lincoln; Blueaxe Reproductions
The Medieval Runic Inscriptions of Bergen, Norway Judith Jesch CSVA International Collaboration Fund, £893.8 26/07/2016 - 29/07/2016  
EMNED: the English-Mathematics Nottingham Eye-Tracking Database Kathy Conklin CRAL Interdisciplinary Research Cluster, £5.9k  2016  
Studying Textual Variants Kathy Conklin and  Jo Guy CRAL / CRLC Interdisciplinary Research Cluster,  £14.5k 2016  
Institute of Name Studies: Place-Names Web Inteface Jayne Carroll INS Arts Faculty Digital Innovations Fund, £12k    


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