Research Team

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala is curator, art writer and hold Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland. Previously, a Visiting Research Fellow at GEXcel, Institute of Thematic Gender Studies, Linköping University & Örebro University, Sweden and Visiting Professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is A Member of European Cultural Parliament. She was awarded a PhD from The University of Edinburgh for her work on organizational cultures. She researches, writes and publishes internationally about construction and representation of gender and identity at work and in visual arts, creativity and competence constructions (socialisation, ways of learning and working strategies), as well as heritage and gender.

Professor Katherine Kirk is a Professor of Physics and the board member of Women’s Engineering Society. Her research interests include thin films, new materials, electronic device design and applications, in particular ultrasonic transducers for biomedical imaging and non-destructive testing. She was awarded a PhD from University of Strathclyde for her work in high-temperature superconductors, followed by post-doctoral positions in ultrasonics at the University of Strathclyde and nano-magnetics at University of Glasgow.

Ilona Kacieja is an artist and filmmaker. She graduated from Design department in Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 and obtained a Special Distinction Prize- The Iris Fairgrive Rainer Scholarship. In 2014, nominated for a Grierson British Documentary Award (Best Student Documentary, London), and for BAFTA New Talent. She has exhibited her works internationally, for example at Corto Doc Minturno Italy 2016, Astra International Film Festival Romania 2014, Marbella International FIm Festival Spain 2014, The Scottisch Parliament 2014, Isla of Wights Film Festival 2014. Recipient of several awards for creative works including: Un Certain Regards Award Van d’Or London 2013, Best Short Documentary Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2014, Menzione Speciale at Corto Doc Italy 2015, Highly Commended Best Short Documentary at Scottish Mental Health Film and Arts Festival, Best Film and Nominee Best Director Award at Shortpole Film Festival London 2016, Best Short Documentary Manchester Film Festival 2016.

Nina BakerDr Nina Baker is an engineering historian specialising in the history of women in engineering. She was a pioneering female merchant navy deck officer in the early 1970s and has since gained an engineering degree and a PhD in concrete durability. She instigated the Scottish Centre for Women in STEM (now Equate Scotland). Her other principal interest, environmental politics, saw her hold a seat on Glasgow City Council for the Scottish Green Party for 10 years. Currently her research focuses on the hidden histories of early 20th century British women engineers.

Tony GraceTony Grace is a senior lecturer, filmmaker and programme leader of the MA Creative Media Practice at The University of The West of Scotland. His research interests encompass various aspects of cultural heritage and practice based-research. Recent projects include documentary films on the archaeological investigation and contemporary cultural significance of Paisley Abbey’s Great Drain, as well as the cultural heritage of Coal Mining in South West Scotland through the poetry of Rab Wilson, Winner of the McCash Prize for Scots Poetry.

Dr Evi Viza CQI MCQI, MIET, MIEEE is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer, a Chartered Quality professional and an EFQM assessor. She started her career in Quality Management at the Fraunhofer Research Institute in Stuttgart. After that, she worked with Hoover in Scotland before she moved to the public sector. Currently, Lecturer in Engineering Management at University of the West of Scotland, leading the postgraduate courses in Quality and Project Management.