Our Research Community


Dr Rosalind Bryce

Rosalind is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mountain Studies. She carries out research on applied conservation and environmental management at Scottish and European levels. Originally an ecologist, Rosalind now works on interdisciplinary projects that consider the social dimension of how we manage our natural resources. Her recent research includes projects on deer management, land ownership, ecotourism and social innovations.

Research interests include :

  • The influence of social factors, such as values, motivations and social networks on decision making and responses to environmental problems.
  • Improving the integration of cultural ecosystem services into environmental decision making
  • Understanding how environmental research evidence is used in policy and practice
  • Integrated land use
  • Invasive species management
  • Ecosystem engineering

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Nuria Camps

Nuria is undertaking a Ph.D. by publication and her research interest relates to new technology and teaching and learning, distance learning and virtual learning environments. Previous research activities include gender imbalance within the oil and gas sector and STEM education within schools.

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Dr Khristin Fabian

Khristin is a Senior Learning Technologist at Perth College UHI and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Computing Education Research, within Edinburgh Napier University.

Her research interest includes educational technology, mathematics education and student transitions.

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Shari Kane

Shari has worked as a lecturer within Sport and Fitness at Perth College UHI since 2015.  She has a BA Business Administration, a BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Exercise, and is in the final phase of her dissertation in fulfilment of an MSc in Physical Activity for Health.  Shari’s dissertation is based on a phenomenological analysis of the experiences of transgender people when accessing physical activity opportunities in public spaces across Scotland.

Shari has recently secured a UHI LTA research scholarship award which aims to explore the dynamics associated with student agency within the context of co-created, individualised summative assessment through the use of flexible assessment menus.

Shari’s current research interests also include mental health, productivity and the dynamics of business.

Daniel Kiraly

Daniel Kiraly is a Construction and Civil Engineering Lecturer at Perth College UHI, teaching Construction Technology and Management at SCQF levels 6 through 8. His research interests include: animation for learning, social constructive learning theories, as well as material science and renewable technologies.

Dr Seán McLaughlin

Seán's background is in popular music and cultural studies - though previous research projects have looked at Scottish folk music and professionalisation, curriculum for excellence in FE, and songwriting in post-compulsory music education. He has been involved in neo-Marxist critiques of UK popular music programmes, and is an active song-writer and performer - with particular research interests in popular music education, institutions, mediation and creative practice. 

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Dr Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick is the Research Coordinator at Perth College UHI and his research interests include:  learner transitions; learning spaces; education policy formation, interpretation and enactment; institutional cultural change; teacher professionalism; vocational education; curriculum design, teaching and learning.   

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Professor Martin Price

Director of the Centre for Mountain Studies

Since the late 1970s, Martin has conducted research in the mountains of North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Siberia, focusing on the interactions of resident and visiting people with environmental processes, with particular emphasis on forestry, tourism, conservation, and the implementation of policies and interdisciplinary research.

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Dr Kyle Smith

Kyle's research interests include: literature, cultural studies, history and education.

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Dr Steven Timoney

Steven has undertaken a variety of heritage interpretation projects and research into different aspects of interpretation practice. His wider research interests include: interpretation of cultural heritage; the visitor experience at heritage sites; public and community archaeology; and social geography - particularly landscape and societies past and present.

Steven is also a Research Associate with the Institute for Northern Studies.

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Frances Ann Whittet

Frances Ann Whittet is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Health & Social Studies at Perth College UHI. Previous to lecturing, Frances spent most of her career within NHS Scotland - both as a nurse, and for a time, as a midwife and has maintained registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse.