PhD Research

Using a range of practice and theory based methods the group is concerned to make apparent evidence of human desire and cultural imperatives as they are manifested in the way that science and technology is practiced, innovated by entrepreneurs and interpreted by its users. Informed by transdisciplinary approaches, current research engages with burning questions in Film and Cinema Studies, Media Philosophy, Digital Media, History of Science and Technology, Media Anthropology, Design Theory, Interaction Design and Human Cognition. All supervisory teams include members with substantial track records of practice in the arts, design or filmmaking who also have significant publishing profiles in at least one other academic discipline. Registered students currently hold full doctoral research grants from AHRC, EPSRC, Plymouth University and Brazilian and Portuguese Research Councils. Transtechnology Research also holds and oversees doctoral and post-doctoral research grants from the EU.

For further information prospective candidates are advised to contact Prof. dr. Michael Punt ( or Dr. Martha Blassnigg (martha. in the first instance.


Completed PhD Theses 

Begum, T. (2015) Design Practice and Post-Colonialism 

Cachão, R. (2015) The Mis-en-abyme of Space: Towards an artistic methodology to approach the ontology of space as a methodological tool

Drayson, H. (2011) Gestalt Biometrics and their Applications; Instrumentation, Objectivity and Poetics 

Griffin, J. (2014) Changing Space: The Social and Experiential Culture of Spacecraft and the Public Domain

Rocha, M. (2015) New routes to Human Computer Interaction: Reconciliating the Artificial with Human Nature 

Thompson, S. (2008) Artefacts, Technicity and Humanisation: Industrial Design and the Problem of Anoetic Technologies 

Vines, J. (2011) Aging Futures: Towards: Cognitively Inclusive Digital Media Products 

Woodward, M. (2014 ) The Multidimensional Depth of the Image: Body, Environment, Artefact


Current Doctoral Research Projects 

Doove, E. (2011-) Exploring the Curatorial as Creative Act 

Edmonds, G. (2014-) Early Cinema and Cognitive Creativity

Egbe, A. (2011-) Notions on a radical moving image archive practice as a problematic 

Haines, A. (2014-) Ideas exchange: understanding the human object

Hutchinson, J. (2014-) Not me – not not me: concerning the mediation of dissolving actualities and performing self

Jackson, A. (2014-) Creative balance between expressive movement and technology: for the autistic child

Knight, J. (2012-) The ‘frisson event’ a unified experience of simultaneity

Massey, L. (2011-) The Possibility of Telepathy in Musical Improvisation 

Op den Kamp, C. (2009-) Copyright Law and the Re-Use of Archival Footage 

Peres, N. (2014-) Immersive cinematics in medical simulation: interfaces for the patient voice

Stansbie, J. (2014-) Exploring the ‘turning point’ between the boundaries of illness and non-illness

Sweeting, J. (2015-) The impact of technological constructivism on representation in videogames

Tadaoka, K. (2014-) Contemplation and Time