Current Students (Starting 2013)

Éilish Duke

Éilish graduated from University College Dublin in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Psychology. She subsequently completed an MSc in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Goldsmiths, with a dissertation focussing on reward processing in the context of depression. After two years working in international education with the Fulbright Commission and Chevening Secretariat, Éilish was awarded ESRC funding to carry out doctoral research at Goldsmiths.
Her PhD focus will expand on her previous work at MSc level, using advanced quantitative techniques to investigate individual differences in hedonic tone in the context of major depressive disorder.

Francisco Gallardo

Francisco J. Fernández Gallardo (aka Fran Gallardo) is an imaginative technologist with a background in design, physics, computing and precision engineering. He is a young active member of the Environmental Art Activism movement whose work is primarily focused on exploring the interface between society, environment and technology. He studied at the Architectural School of Seville, the Engineer School of Alcalá de Henares and the Polytechnic School of Madrid and has been a visiting scholar at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development Program at New York University.
His research examines the cultural challenge of re-describing the role of biodiversity and water in urban systems -- or BiodiverCITY for short. By such, he aims to promote habitat reconstruction and critical evolution in the Anthropocene and subsequently, also personal and environmental health. This research aims to compile a cookbook of recipes and menus as vehicles for participatory interventions, tasting interfaces and social media outlets to re-introduce food as part of a networked global system -- nutrients that are moving through different organisms and ecosystems -- to be reinvented, re-imagined and creatively hacked. Bon appetit.

Daniel Gover

Daniel has a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MPhil in Politics from the University of Cambridge.
His PhD will look at the engagement of religious groups with the policymaking process in Britain.
Daniel also works for the Constitution Unit in the Department of Political Science at UCL, where he is researching the Westminster parliament’s legislative process. He has previously worked at the House of Commons, and he is the author of Turbulent Priests? (2011) for the think tank Theos, which analyses the political contribution of the Archbishop of Canterbury in contemporary England.

Deborah Grayson

I'm based in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, where I did the MA in Political Communications. My BA is in Social Anthropology.
My Ph.D. is an ESRC-funded collaboration with interfaith charity 3FF, were I help with monitoring and evaluation while trying to answer my own research questions. My research focuses on how knowledge is produced, the relationship between knowledge and belief, and the role of media technologies in spreading and accrediting ideas.

Nele Jensen

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Nele spent the last few years working as a freelance consultant on various research projects while also completing a part-time MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at UCL.
Nele's research focuses on knowledge production in global health, and in particular on 'evidence-based' approaches to health policy-making. The aim is to explore how 'evidence' and 'evidence-based' approaches are produced at global health institutions, what the new techniques, practices, and norms are that emerge as part of this process, how these approaches travel, how they are transformed to fit national and/or local contexts, and how in turn they transform the politics and governance of health.

Gynna Millan

Gynna is an architect from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, and holds an MSc in Building and Urban Design for Development from University College London's Development Planning Unit (UCL DPU). She worked as the Media Coordinator for the DPU, and established the department's media group, integrating new media into research and teaching activities. Gynna has international experience using video for documentation and inclusive development planning in India, Brazil, Haiti and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Gynna's PhD research focuses on the potential of digital technologies in enhancing and amplifying citizens' participation in the process of decision-making within urban planning. She is paying special attention to cities in the Global South and, more specifically, to the most socially excluded and deprived urban areas. The research is an attempt to re-think the concept of 'smart cities' by investigating how it can respond (or not) to the needs of those living in infrastructure-excluded areas. Gynna's PhD aims to deliver a smart cities-inspired business model for community engagement in development planning that is accessible to and affordable for deprived urban communities, NGOs and governments.

Elaine Williams

Elaine completed both her BA in Anthropology and Media, and her MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics, at Goldsmiths University of London.
Her PhD will research cultural understandings of weapons and their social implications. Drawing upon six years of experience working with young people who have carried weapons in London, Elaine's work confronts the discrepancies and contradictions of weapons that are evident across the scale. From knives, guns and tasers, to drones, missiles and nuclear bombs; her research embarks on a vital theoretical repositioning of weapons in order to reveal the complexities of weapons as cultural practices. Elaine's project explores such practices as socially active in the production of behaviours and narratives, both locally and globally, that impact upon us all.