Phd Students

Terrie Howey began her PhD in September 2016. Her research is on applied storytelling and heritage, specifically in Milton Keynes.
Terrie has a practical background, working on community projects and education in school.

Kristina Gavran started her PhD in September 2017 and is currently working on a fascinating project on True Life Storytelling.

Sam West started his PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2019. Funded through the Storytelling Academy, Sam’s research is focused on applied storytelling in independent professional wrestling. Sam is uncovering the hidden knowledge of theatrical wrestling to understand how performers use physical movement and vocalisation to tell stories. He is also exploring the unique ways that wrestling incorporates digital technology, such as social media, to extent stories beyond live performance into the wider world.

Ngozi Oparah started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2020. Ngozi’s research is focused on interactive, fictionalized narratives and animation as tools towards improved mental health literacy in youth. 

Karen Sung started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2020. Under the Storytelling Academy’s guidance, Karen’s research focuses on finding the lost voices of marginalized Korean Diasporas – those of Lai Dai Han to be specific, and using comics narrative to tell the stories. 

Lucy McLaughlin started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2020. Lucy’s research explores the use of stop motion animation as a tool to develop young people’s mental health literacy.

Joe Stevens started his PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2020. Joe’s research explores joint storytelling through tabletop role-playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, as a tool for improving young adults mental health literacy.

Holly Turpin started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in July 2021 as part of the HOME Centre for Doctoral Training. Holly’s research is focused on narrative enquiry through immersive digital storytelling and co-creation. She is exploring different material and immaterial experiences of losing one’s home and how this relates to identity, memory and heritage.

Elizabeth Jane Lovely started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2021.
Elizabeth’s research is focused on the felt sense of wonderment invoked by the in-person listening to of fairy tales, and how this impacts upon healing of the whole being. She is exploring the intentional creation of read-aloud stories from an animistic perspective, alongside the origins of fairy tales through this lens. She is also intrigued by the notion of practice from the liminal spaces of blurred boundaries.

Prudhvi Kumar Chowdary‘s interests and expertise include Indian Oral Traditions and Storytelling , Literary Theory and Criticism, Performance Arts, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Sociology, and Indian literature. His research focuses on Fortune Telling: Indian Oral Traditions and Storytelling of the selected Indian tribes and communities. Prudhvi’s personal motto is “Grow as you go”.

Jennifer Stuttle started her PhD in the School of Design and Creative Arts in October 2021. Jennifer’s research is focused on exploring the impact of applied storytelling on academic attainment and wellbeing in secondary education.