Research Team

Professor Katherine Kirk is a Professor of Physics at University of the West of Scotland. Her research is in 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 University of Strathclyde and nano-magnetics at University of Glasgow.

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala – Chair in Culture, Media and Visual Arts at the School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland, a curator, and art writer. 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. Member of European Cultural Parliament. She was awarded a PhD from University of Edinburgh for her work on organizational cultures. Researches and writes 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.

Dr 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. Now fully retired from both university employment and politics, she is focussing her research on the hidden histories of early 20th century British women engineers.

Tony Grace is a senior lecturer, filmmaker and programme leader of the MA Creative Media Practice in the School of Media Culture and Society, 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 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 in 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.