The staff listed below are all PhD supervisors at Winchester School of Art. The brief profiles include an indication of the areas staff are open to supervising at research level. See also details for Applying for a PhD


Prof. John Armitage is Professor of Media Arts. Recent publications include Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); Virilio for Architects (Routledge, 2015); He is on the editorial boards of Cultural Politics, Journal of Visual Culture, and Theory, Culture & Society. Research Interests: Luxury and visual culture| luxury and art| luxury and design| luxury and the media| the cultural and media theory of Paul Virilio| new media art| continental aesthetics| critical theory of technology| architecture| cultural politics| modernism and postmodernism| vision and visuality| cultural studies| media studies| urbanism| and the phenomenology of perception.

Dr Daniel Ashton is Lecturer in Global Media Management. His research focuses on industries, organisations and labour. He is the co-editor of Cultural Work and Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and has published articles in journals including: Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Television and New Media; Games and Cultures; European Journal of Cultural Studies; and Journal of Cultural Economy. Research Interests: Creative, Cultural and Media Industries | Cultural Policy | Creative Labour | Sociology of Art | Participatory Arts | Digital Cultures | Videogames.

Dr Eirini Bazaki is a Teaching Fellow in Fashion Management Marketing. Publications and Staff Seminars include: “The Effect of Relational Elements and Value Co-Creation on Brand Extension Acceptance”(The University of Glasgow, 2013), ” A Relational Model of Model of Luxury Fashion Brand Extensions” (INTERREG, 2014), “The Value of Brand Relationships in Creative Industries” (10th Global Brand Conference, 2014),” Brand Extensions and the S-D Logic: The Effects of Co-Creative and Relational Elements on Brand Extension Acceptance” (EMAC, 2014), “Creative Industries: Is It All About Design?” (WSA, 2015). Research Interests: Luxury Brands | Brand Extensions | Relationship Marketing | Digital Marketing.

Prof. Ryan Bishop is Professor of Global Art and Politics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. With John Armitage and Doug Kellner, he co-edits Cultural Politics (Duke University Press) and serves on the Editorial board of Theory Culture & Society. He also edits the book series “Theory Now” (Polity) and co-edits with John Armitage and Joanne Roberts the book series “Technicities” (Edinburgh UP). Bishop is the author or editor of 12 books including Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics (with John Beck, Edinburgh UP, 2016) American Film Comedy and Cultural Critique (Edinburgh UP 2013) Modernist Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Contemporary Military Technology (with John Phillips, Edinburgh UP, 2010) and Baudrillard Now (Polity 2009). Research Interests: Critical theory | media/mediation | visual and aural culture |literary texts/ theory | historicity, globalization, technology/ technicity | violence | militarization | technology | the senses | urbanization| aesthetics | political formations.

Dr. Mihaela Brebenel is Lecturer in Digital Cultures. She is a researcher and curator, interested in the politics and aesthetics of the audiovisual in contemporary culture. Mihaela has a background in film studies, media and philosophy. Her doctoral research focused on the role and circulation of moving image media and technology in postcommunist Romania. She has written on memory and uses of archival images in screen-based creative and artistic practice, artistic labour and the cultural production of subjectivity, and on the critique of participation in contemporary technologically mediated contexts. Research interests: moving images| digital screen cultures| cyber/techno feminism| critical practices exploring gender and technology| media, urban space, memory| labour and the possibilities of collective work| care and the commons.

Dr Megen de Bruin-Molé is Teaching Fellow in Digital Media Practice and Associate Director of Doctoral Programmes at WSA. She is the author of Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture (Bloomsbury, 2019), which explores the boundaries and connections between contemporary remix and related modes, including adaptation, parody, the Gothic, Romanticism, and postmodernism. She has also written for the collection Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling (Amsterdam University Press, 2018) and the journal Film Criticism, on popular feminism, identity politics, and erasure in transmedia franchises. Since 2016 she has been an editor of the Genealogy of the Posthuman, an open-access initiative curated by the Critical Posthumanism Network ( Read more about Megen’s work on her blog: frankenfiction.comResearch interests: remix culture | (neo-)historical fiction | the Gothic | monster studies | popular feminism | adaptation and/as translation | transmedia 

Dr Valentina Cardo is Lecturer in Social Media and Network Culture. Her research develops across three interconnected strands: the changing relationship between the media and modes of political and civic agency; the impact of digital technologies on traditional political communication strategies (including journalism); and questions of power, identity and difference. Research publications include journal articles (in Parliamentary Affairs and British Politics) and book sections (in Brants and Voltmer’s Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy; and Riegert’s Politicotainment) on these topics. Research Interests: political communication | politics and technology | journalism | activism and technology | gender and technology.

Dr Daniel Cid is Associate Professor in Design Studies. He has recently conducted applied research projects based on social innovation in design (experimental domestic housing for homeless or experimental project about food, design and sustainability); also Design Decoding with Ferran Adrià (developed at Elisava). Some recent publications on nomadic interiors (SMown Publishing, 2015) or ephemeral urbanism and public space (Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile & Faculty of Architecture, 2014; Actar, 2014). Research Interests: Design | Social Innovation in Design | Collaborative Practices | Interdisciplinary Practices | Design Education | Design Theory.

Ian Dawson is an artist and Lecturer in Fine Art and Co-Director of the School’s Critical Practices Research Group. He has exhibited extensively with solo shows in New York (James Cohan Gallery), London (C&C Gallery) and Paris (Galerie Xippas) and has works in both public and private collections worldwide, including the Chaney Family collection, GossMichael Collection, and Mickey and Janice Cartin Collection. His work is featured in Contemporary British Sculpture (Schiffer Publishing) and Collage, Assembling Contemporary Art, (Black Dog Publishing).He articulated the complex relationship between the artist and the creative act in his book Making Contemporary Sculpture (Crowood Press). Recent exhibitions ‘The Wanderer’s Nightsong II’ (C&C Gallery London 2015) and ‘Taplow House’ (ASC Gallery London 2015) explore new 3D imaging technologies, and have been the outcome of an ongoing collaboration with members of the Archaeological Computing Research Group and The Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins. Research interests: Fine Art (Practice-Based) | Sculpture | Painting | Drawing | 3D Print and new imaging technologies | Curatorial Practices | Collaborative Practices.

Prof. Ed D’Souza is Professor of Critical Practice and co-director of the Critical Practices Research Group at WSA and a co-director of the Digital Suzhou Festival in China. He has worked internationally as an artist and designer and is known for his temporal, site-specific and participatory/collaborative projects. His work explores critical practices engaging with a variety of production processes and producers supported by his critical writings and publishing around social, political and cultural change. Currently he has a major project Migrant Car launched in May 2019 as part of the 1st Oslo Biennial in Norway. Recent critical writings, reviews and projects in relation to biennales include Timely Provocations: The 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, review for The Biennale Foundation (2017), India’s Biennale Effect: A Politics of Contemporary Art launched at the 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Routledge, 2016), Whorled Explorations: Jitish Kallat in conversation with Robert E. D’Souza and Sunil Manghani(MARG Magazine of the Arts, 2016), a collateral project End of Empire as part of the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), journal article The Indian Biennale Effect: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 12/12/12 (Cultural Politics, Duke University Press, 2013). Read more about Ed’s work on his website forms of exchange. Research interests: design cultures | critical design practices | design activism | socially engaged art | cultural production | curation | biennial practices | site-specific art | critical theory | cultural politics.

Dr Jonathan Faiers is Reader in Fashion and Textiles. His research interests include the interface between popular culture, textile and dress. Film and television’s construction of a shared understanding of fashion is fundamental to my work and informs my teaching, writing and curatorial projects. Accepting that fashion and textile theory is fundamentally interdisciplinary Dr Faiers has  become increasingly interested in the concept of ‘fashion thinking’ and how we need to strive for indisciplinarity, by that he means being simultaneously amongst disciplines, yet challenging the limits of those same disciplines. This is necessary in order to fully engage with textiles and dress as material culture, as representation, and as a uniquely social phenomenon. To that end he welcomes research projects that will test the limits of how we currently think about clothing and textiles. Research Interests: Popular culture, textile and dress | Film and Television | Fashion | Fashion Thinking | Material Culture | Representation | Clothing.

Dr Seth Giddings is Associate Professor of Digital Culture and Design. Publications include Gameworlds: virtual media & children’s everyday play (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014); The New Media & Technocultures Reader (Routledge, 2011); and Lister et al, New Media: a critical introduction (Routledge, 2009). In recent projects he has researched the design and testing of digital media and technologies for play, from smartphone games and robots to interactive swings. Research Interests: Digital Media Culture | Digital Games and Postdigital Play | Media Art| Theory/Practice in Media Research | Media Philosophy | Design Philosophy| Children’s Media Culture | Design for Playful Technology | Experimental Ethnography.

Prof. James Hall is Research Professor in Art History and Theory. Publications include The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History (Thames and Hudson, 2014 / Italy: Einaudi / Holland: Librero / S Korea: Sigongsa / China: Shanghai People’s Fine Art Publishing House / Germany: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellshaft); The Sinister Side: How Left-Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art (Oxford University Press, 2008 / S Korea: Puriwa Ipari Publishing, 2011); Michelangelo and the Reinvention of the Human Body (London: Chatto, 2005 / New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006); The World as Sculpture: the changing status of sculpture from the Renaissance to the present day (Chatto, 1999). Research Interests: Aesthetics | Art History & Theory | Body Language | Caricature | Cult of the Artist | Empathy and Enactment | Exhibition History | Iconography | Image Studies | Installation | Museum History | Portraiture | Sculpture History and Theory | Self-Portraiture | The Senses of Touch and Sight | Sexual Politics | Status of the Artist | Symbolism.

Dr. Lyanne Holcombe is Lecturer in Critical Studies, Fashion and Textiles. Her research interests are situated in the fields of Design History, Dress History and Fashion Studies. Most recently she has specifically investigated the study of the urban and public interior of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is currently writing a chapter on the styling of hotel interiors in the West End of London 1900-35 (Bloomsbury). New research has focused on the public ethos of corporate design for Basildon New Town in the post-war period. With her areas of interest including spaces and buildings, the style and identity of clothing through printed media, and the visual and material culture of the everyday as an aspect of fashionable taste, consumerism and luxury. Research Interests: Art and Design History | Decorative Arts and Crafts | Interiors History and Theory | Material Culture | Oral History | Cultures of Consumption | Taste and Display | Collecting | Ethnography | Gender and Identity.

Dr. Alessandro Ludovico is Associate Professor in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art, and Lecturer at Parsons Paris – The New School. He is an artist and chief editor of Neural magazine since 1993. He received his Ph.D. degree in English and Media from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). He has published and edited several books, and has lectured worldwide. He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12’s Magazine Project. He is one of the authors of the award-winning Hacking Monopolism trilogy of artworks (Google Will Eat Itself, Amazon Noir, Face to Facebook). Research Interests: Publishing | New media art | Hacker Culture | Software-based Portraiture | Media Archeology | Virtual Identities | Sound Art | Digital Humanities.

Prof. Sunil Manghani is Professor of Theory, Practice and Critique, and Deputy Head of School, Director of Research at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Publications include India’s Biennale Effect: A Politics of Contemporary Art (Routledge India, 2016); Barthes/Burgin: Notes Towards an Exhibition (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); Farewell to Visual Studies (Penn Sate University, 2015); Image Studies: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013); Images: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, 2013); Painting: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, 2015); and Images: A Reader (Sage, 2006). He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary Painting and Associate Editor for Theory, Culture & SocietyResearch Interests: Aesthetics | Art History & Theory | Art Writing | Cultural Studies | Critical Theory | Drawing & Painting | Fine Art (Practice-Based) | Global Art & Politics | Image Studies | Visual Culture.

Dr HollyGale Millette is Senior Teaching Fellow in Research and Contextual Studies on the MA (Design) Luxury Brand Management and the BA Fashion Marketing and Management courses at WSA (University of Southampton).  Her research pertains to her interest in ‘deep mapping’. Deep mapping names a hybrid cluster of creative practices that draw on the humanities and/or the social sciences. It also regularly interbreeds with memorial cartography, gendered spatial practices, haunted archaeology, psychogeography, theatre and performance, human geography, site writing, and radical spaces of resistance. HollyGale’s current writing and research is situated in: Gothic and Neo-/Victorian cultures; television; fashion literacies; celebrity; and resistant or radical communities. She has published in a number of international academic journals: Gramma/Γράμμα: Journal of Theory and Criticism (2015), Essays in Philosophy (2015); and The Journal of Comparative American Studies (2016), amongst others, and has Essays/Chapter’s in several edited volumes, publishing under the likes of Rowman & Littlefield and Palgrave MacMillian. Research Interests: Chronotopes and Heterotopias | Cultural Studies | Critical Theory | Material Culture | Celebrity Studies | Clothing and Dress | Masculinities | Neoliberal-Resistant Lifestyles | Dialectical Materialism.

Dr Clio Padovani is Deputy Head of School (Education) for Winchester School of Art. She has a track record as an exhibiting artist and academic, exploring design heritage as a driver for innovation policy in the textile industry. In her research, she explores the narrative and material culture of textile production, publishing on interdisciplinary thinking through film, weaving and writing. She is co-author of Sustainability and the Social Fabric: Europe’s New Textile Industries (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). You can view examples of her practice-based work at Research interests: textiles | tapestry | film, weaving and writing | continuity of cultures of textile production | innovation in knowledge transfer models | the artisanal and cultural heritage sector.

Prof. Jussi Parikka is Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics. His publications in media theory and media arts include the media ecology trilogy Digital Contagions (Peter Lang, 2007), Insect Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and most recently A Geology of Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Parikka’s other books include What is Media Archaeology (Polity, 2012), and co-edited volumes such as Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications and Implications (ed. With Erkki Huhtamo, University of California Press, 2011), The Spam Book (Ed. With Tony D Sampson, Hampton Press, 2009), Medianatures (Open Humanities Press, 2011) and Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History: Erkki Kurenniemi in 2048 (ed. With Joasia Krysa, MIT Press, 2015). He is currently researching and writing on labs in humanities, digital humanities and media studies. Http:// Research interests: cultural techniques | digital culture | environmental humanities | German media theory | media archaeology | media theory | network culture and the arts | new materialism | science and technology studies | technological arts.

Dr Joanne Roberts is Professor in Arts and Cultural Management. Her areas of expertise include creativity and innovation, knowledge management, international business, and luxury studies. Joanne has published widely in leading international academic journals including the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Research Policy. She is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998) and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). She is co-editor of: Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy, with A. Andersen, J. Howells, R. Hull and I. Miles (Edward Elgar, 2000); Living with Cyberspace, with J. Armitage (Continuum, 2002); Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, with A. Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008); and, Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media,  with John Armitage (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Research Interests: Creative and Cultural Industries |Critical Luxury Studies | Internationalisation of Knowledge Intensive Organizations| Management of Knowledge and Innovation | Technology Studies.

Dr Yasmin K. Sekhon is Lecturer in Luxury Brand Management and Pathway leader of MA (Design) Luxury Brand Management at WSA (University of Southampton).  Her areas of research include the consumption patterns of first and second-generation immigrant communities, the consumption of luxury brands, the meaning and significance of luxury across cultures as well as the study of materialism in cross-cultural settings. She has published in a number of academic journals from Consumption, Markets and Culture Journal, Academy of Marketing Review, Non- profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International Journal of Market Research amongst others. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Market Research. She was also Associate editor of the Journal of Marketing Management. Research Interests: Consumer Culture Theory | Luxury Consumption | Identity, Materialism and consumption | Children and Luxury | Cross Cultural Luxury | Consumer Behaviour.

Dr Jo Turney is Associate Professor in Fashion and Design. Publications include [with Rosemary Harden] Floral Frocks (Antique Collectors Club, 2007), The Culture of Knitting (Berg: 2009), Images in Time  [ed.] (Wunderkammer, 2011), Fashion & Crime [ed.] (I B Tauris, forthcoming) and Decadence and Decay: fashion in the 1970s (Intellect, forthcoming). She is the co-editor of Clothing Cultures and is an editorial board member of Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture. Research Interests: Contemporary craft theory and practice| Dress and behaviour| Menswear | Crime fiction | Fashion | Cultural history since 1970| Popular culture | Film & TV studies/ethnography and oral history.

Dr Yuanyuan Yin is a Lecturer in Design Management at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Yuanyuan completed her PhD in Design Research and MA in Design Strategy & Innovation and from Brunel University. Her research has been concentrated on promoting business performance through developing design and brand strategies, understanding customers and users, supporting design collaboration, and improving innovation in product design. As Principal Investigator, Yuanyuan has led research projects funded by University of Southampton and the Economic and Social Research Council. Research interests: Design for Ageing | User-centred Design | Customer Experience Design | Design and branding strategy.


NB. Fuller staff profiles can be found on the School website, which include further information about publications, administrative duties and on-going research.