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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Current supervisors

Professor John Armitage

Professor Armitage's research focuses on contemporary representations of luxury within new media cultures, questions of old and new luxury and media cultures, luxury news, and journalism.

He is currently investigating the idea of ‘critical luxury studies’ concerning luxury photography, debates over luxury advertising, and other aspects of the convergence between luxury, media, and cultural studies. He also works on luxury cinema and the relationship between luxury and television and is developing an innovative approach to the question of luxury and the future of new media cultures.

He welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students on any of these areas of luxury.


Professor Ryan Bishop

Ryan Bishop has research interests in critical theory, critical cultural studies, literary studies, visual culture, urbanism, aesthetics, critical military studies, STS (science, technology and society) studies, architecture, sensory perception and knowledge formation, and international sex tourism.

Previous supervisions include:


Dr Jonathan Faiers

Jonathan Faiers has research interests in fashion and textile theory; the representation of dress in popular culture particularly film and television; textiles as representative of broader socio-historical concerns such as cultural migration and globalisation; colonial oppression and resistance; dress as performance; and museology, institutional critique and the psychologies of collecting.

He is currently supervising PhD theses on:


Professor Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris has research interests in American modernism, modern and contemporary western art, globalization & contemporary art, Marxist art history, art historiography, formalist art criticism, and the state, politics & visual arts in the twentieth century.

His most recent books are Globalisation and Contemporary Art (Blackwell 2011) and The Utopian Globalists: Artists of Worldwide Revolution 1919-2009 (Blackwell 2013). His edited collection, Picasso and the Politics of Visual Representation has also just been published by Liverpool University Press (2013).

He is currently supervising PhD theses concerned with a range of topics including:

Previous PhD completions include:


Professor Jussi Parikka

Jussi Parikka has research interests in media archaeology, (new) media theory, German media studies, network culture and its accidents, media artistic practices, new materialist cultural theory, and media ecology.

He is currently supervising PhD theses on:


Professor Joanne Roberts

Joanne Roberts has research interests in the management of knowledge and the creative industries. Her areas of expertise include international business, innovation, and knowledge production and transfer.

Her current research focuses on the role of knowledge and ignorance in the field of luxury, including questions concerning how knowledge and ignorance shape the production and promotion of luxury goods and services, and how luxury consumption draws on knowledge and ignorance.

She is also pursuing research on the role of knowledge communities and networks in shaping the meaning of luxury and the forms that it takes in various spatial, sectoral, and socio-cultural contexts.

Her current research interests are situated in the emerging field of critical luxury studies and she welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in adopting a critical approach to the study of luxury and the creative industries.


Nick Stewart

Since 1982 Nick Stewart has created a diverse body of exhibitions and publications in; drawing, performance, video, photography and text. A wide range of interests and research informs his work but the question of place and national identity in the context of Ireland is of particular concern to him. In 2007 he published the Arts Council England funded book, no-one's not from everywhere, the culmination of several years of research into Irish artists and their views on Irish identity. 

In 2012 the John Hansard Gallery published, Which is The: 49 Views, the result of another ACE funded project focused on a ten day drive along the Irish border.

Between 2012 - 2014 he is working to complete a feature length video, Memories of Development, shot in Mexico and funded by the EU, in collaboration with writer and activist, Dougald Hine.

In 2014 - 2015 He will direct and produce a feature length video with the working title, Landscape With Watchtowers, again, to be shot in Ireland during a one month trip around that country, beginning in Dublin and ending in Belfast.

Nick Stewart has been the recipient of numerous awards, residencies and commissions including, The Canada Council, The British Council, The British Film Institute and the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Europe, India and Vietnam.

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Dr Yuanyuan Yin

Dr Yuanyuan Yin is a Lecturer in Design Management in the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

She joined the University in 2009 after completing her PhD in Design Management and MA in Design Strategy & Innovation at Brunel University, UK. Her first degree is a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Design from China. She is responsible for teaching in the key disciplines of design management, branding and design research.

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. Yuanyuan has published over 20 academic papers in Design Management.

Currently she holds an ESRC Award as the Principal Investigator in understanding the role of design in helping elderly consumers with their shopping problems in supermarket retailing within the UK and China.

Research interests:

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Other supervisors:

Gordon Hon:
John Hopkins:
Dr Ed D'Souza: R.E.D'
John Gillet:

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