Research Themes Showcase week 2022

July 2022

In July, each Research Theme steering group is hosting a Showcase event to bring researchers together to get a feel for what others are doing in a particular research area as well as to feed into and expand the community of researchers comprising each Theme.

Everyone is invited to attend. The showcase events are being run to provide all of us with the opportunity to begin to engage with a Theme(s), to raise awareness of the research that is going on in each area, and to begin to build communities and networks within the Themes.

Please take a look at the six Research Theme showcases below and consider which you may like to attend. 

Registration to attend the events have now closed.

Event dates

Communities Showcase – Monday 18th July 2022, 09:00-13:00

The Communities Steering Group would like to invite colleagues to submit expressions of interest for an in-person Showcase event that is being held on Monday 18th July 2022, 09:00-12:30 in SLB Lecture Theatre followed by a buffet lunch.

The networking event will take the format of quick 3-minute individual presentations before moving on to a structured networking format with refreshments, reflecting on three different themes emerging from the EoIs. Instead of preparing slides, we would like you to bring an object that is related to your research, and that will operate as a visual prop.

The aim of the event is to build a strong network around the theme of Communities in the university, and to kickstart project ideas as well as to share research knowledge. 

We welcome researchers at all stages of their careers, including postgraduate (e.g.: MPhil, MSc by Research and PhD) students, whose research is linked to the theme of Communities.

If you have any questions, please email Dr Cassandre Balosso-Bardin ( 


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Heritage Showcase – Monday 18th July 2022, 13:00 to 18:00

1pm-1.45pm, Keynote Lecture

Title: Heritage – The Long Game

Speaker: Lizzie Glithero-West (Chief Executive of the Heritage Alliance, online)

Summary: Lizzie will bring her experience in running the sector’s umbrella body for heritage in England, the Heritage Alliance, to discuss the challenges facing the Heritage Sector as we emerge from the pandemic. She will also explore the opportunities for us to demonstrate how heritage can address a host of public policy problems, from levelling up and wellbeing to climate change, and where academia can help.

Biography: Lizzie Glithero-West has been the Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance since 2016. Her previous career has been mainly in the civil service and she has expert knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including archaeology, heritage protection, museums and tourism. Lizzie has also spent time as Private Secretary to Culture Ministers and the Permanent Secretary, as Head of Logistics at DCMS at the time of the General Election, and on secondment to English Heritage and to the National Museum Directors’ Council. Lizzie’s first love is heritage. She has a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford, and an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck. In 2014 she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.


2pm-3pm, A Round Table Discussion: ‘Transcending Borders’


Shadreck Chirikure (British Academy Global Professor, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford online)

Louisiane Ferlier (Digital Resources Manager, The Royal Society)

Carenza Lewis (Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, University of Lincoln)

Debbie Whelan (Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Lincoln)

3pm-3.45pm, Keynote Lecture

Title: Enabled Archaeology: The exclusive past and present of field archaeology, and the potential for an inclusive future

Speaker: Abigail Hunt (Director of the Enabled Archaeology Foundation; Associate Professor, University of Lincoln)

Summary: This session presents current research being conducted by the EAF and the University of Lincoln on the exclusive past and present of field archaeology, and the potential for an inclusive future. It is clear from a newly published review of the literature by Hunt and Kitchen (2022) on Enabled Archaeology that a shift in philosophy and working practices is needed for field archaeology to become a fully enabled, or inclusive, space, now and in the future. To achieve this much needed goal, new and inclusive methodologies for field work need to be developed, shared, and adopted. In a bid to address this goal, this talk first looks back at the exclusive history of the UK archaeology sector, evaluates the current situation, and puts forward potential changes in thinking and practices to ensure a more inclusive environment for dis/Abled Archaeologists. This talk will offer a new methodological framework for UK fieldwork that we hope can be tested and evaluated by the authors with UK based archaeology field schools, namely at Chester House Estate, Harlaxton College, a commercial project (TBC) and participant dis/Abled archaeologists. It intended that this field work will lead to the framework being refined following evaluation and then shared across the sector in the UK as a model of good practice that will continue to evolve alongside ideas and practices in inclusivity in archaeological fieldwork.

Biography: Dr Abigail Hunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Lincoln, Director of the Enabled archaeology Foundation, Co Editor of the Public History section of the Oral History Journal, and Co Editor of The Lincoln Enquirer. She is a member of the University of Lincoln Heritage Research Steering Group, the Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology Local History Committee, and the Survey of Lincoln Executive Committee. Her core research interests are based on a desire to create more representative written and object-based narratives through the inclusion of marginalised groups, particularly in the context of agricultural history. Her current research focuses on removing barriers to participation in archaeology for dis/Abled people, increasing accessibility and inclusiveness in the sector, and creating multivocal narratives on the past through the inclusion of dis/Abled people.


4pm-5pm, A Round Table Discussion: ‘Beyond Place-Making’


Heather Hughes (Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies, University of Lincoln; Reimagining Lincolnshire and Decolonializing Parish Churches)

Matt Bentley (Conservation Project Officer, Heritage Lincolnshire; Grey Friars Project)

Marianne Wilson (Communications, Outreach and Engagement Officer of the Lincoln Record Society; Lincoln Record Society; online)

5-5.45pm, Keynote 3

Title: Everything changed, and yet nothing changed

Speaker: Ian George (Historic Places Manager, Lincolnshire County Council)

Summary: The pandemic changed everything. The trajectory we were already on to modernise our ways of working was accelerated. A whole new world opened up and yet, in so many ways, the challenges we face as heritage managers are the same as they were before we all learned about Covid-19. This talk will explain the opportunities that have opened up and how we can make the most of them to benefit the long-term future of our local heritage. Set against a national picture of ever-shifting sands we’ll see how the historic environment at a local level is more relevant now than ever to both social and economic well-being.

Biography: Ian George has worked in heritage management for over thirty years. He has worked at every level of local government and worked for Historic England (previously English Heritage) for 18 years as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments. He has a breadth of experience of managing heritage assets of all types and has been responsible for a number of projects which have benefitted public appreciation of the historic environment. In his current role he leads a team who manage information and provide advice on archaeology and heritage across the county and beyond. As well as being a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Ian is a member of a number of national and local bodies including being the current chairman of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage.


Rurality Showcase – Tuesday 19th July 2022, 09:00-13:00

The University of Lincoln’s Rurality Research Theme would like to invite colleagues to attend an in-person and online Showcase event that is being held on Tuesday 19th July 2022, 09:00-13:00 in SLB lecture theatre. The Showcase will bring together academics and rurality professionals to engage in structured discussions surrounding what’s happening within environmental policy that connects with the rural agenda, a series of presentations that highlight what is happening with rurality research, and a panel discussion with speakers to invite community conversation.


Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, providing opening welcome message.

Professor Martin Phillips (Human Geographer), from the University of Leicester.

Liz Schut, Director of Policy at University of Lincoln

Roxanne Warrick, Strategic Lead in Prosperous Communities, East Lindsey District Council

Lucy Gavans, Public Health Consultant, Public Health Division, Lincoln County Council

Member from First Coastal Primary Care TBA

 A free buffet lunch with refreshments will be provided after the Showcase, where we invite you to engage and network fellow attendees and carry on the conversation regarding rurality research.

If you have any questions, please email Professor Mark Gussy (


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Health and Wellbeing Showcase – Tuesday 19th July 2022, 13:00-17:00

As the academic year rolls to an end The Health & Wellbeing Steering Group would like to invite colleagues to attend an in-person research showcase event to be held on Tuesday July 19th 2022, 13.00pm-17.00pm. Through this event we hope to better inform colleagues about the diversity and excellence in Health & Wellbeing research being performed across Lincoln and help delegates identify new collaborations and grant ideas. This year’s showcase will be based around the following three themes:

Theme 1: Fundamental Sciences: This theme supports a broad diversity of subject specialism, and we encourage involvement foundational science from across the University to include, but not limited to: molecular, cellular, and structural biology to anatomical, physiological, psychological research areas, in addition to all aspects of engineering and computational analysis. You may be using experimental or theoretical approaches and be undertaking basic laboratory research through clinical application to healthcare delivery.

Theme 2: Applied Health Sciences Research: This theme supports a broad range of all applied aspects of health-related research across the university including, but not limited to: epidemiology, public health, rural health, biostatistics, emergency medicine, gerontology, primary care research and applied research conducted within the allied health professions.

Theme 3: Physical Activity and Creative Health: In recent years there has been an increased understanding of how physical exercise, creative pursuits, engagement with culture, and nature based activities have a positive and significant impact on physical and mental health, social relationships, and community development. As such, research aimed at exploring, quantifying and enhancing these practices is essential. This showcase theme will focus on research that opens up new opportunities for dialogue about research into physical activity and creative health from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Rob Dean (


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Sustainability Showcase – Thursday 21st July 2022, 13:00-17:00

The Sustainability Steering Group invites colleagues attend a blended research showcase event to be held on Thursday, 21st July 2022, 13.00pm-17.00pm on the theme of ‘Sustainability: Between Research, Teaching, and Future Visions’ broadly construed.
According to the definition proposed by the World Commission on Environment and Development, ‘Sustainability’ is development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. It conventionally encompasses multidisciplinary areas of research and technology dealing with, but not limited to: green science, biological evolution and human ecology, natural resources, water and planetary health, clean and efficient energy usage, eco-design, land use and the built environment, responsible management, circular economy, smart and delocalized production, sustainable supply chains, ecological justice, and social innovation.

As a community of scholars and active researchers, the University of Lincoln recognises the need to increase its efforts in presenting the concepts and discussing the issues that underpin Sustainability, as well as for collecting experiences that, either directly or indirectly, contribute to broadening dissemination and debate around Sustainability matters. We strongly encourage presenters to approach the theme as they see appropriate, and welcome transdisciplinary, inclusive, and creative contributions on:
– The creative role of the arts in Sustainability.
– Sustainability, from past to present and future.
– Sustainable artefacts and urban landscapes.
– Technological challenges and opportunities for a sustainable future.
– Sustainability on environmental, animal and human realms.
– Applied sciences for Sustainability.
– Education toward Sustainability.
– Health and wellbeing for a sustainable society.
– Social challenges of/for Sustainability.
– The politics and Sustainability.
– Sustainable economies and social innovations.
– Sustainability and developments at the regional scale.
– Globalisation and Sustainability.

This Research Showcase event is both internally- and externally-facing, and both attendance and contributions from relevant outside parties in various domains or sectors is therefore encouraged. It aims to capture a snapshot of Sustainability research at and around the institution in order to future networking and future collaborations, as well as to provide a baseline from which to develop a strategic university agenda on this research topic.


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage. 

Digitalisation Showcase – Friday 22nd July 2022, 09:00-13:00

Digitalisation has become one of the most attractive research trends. It has influenced and transformed numerous domains. The Digitalisation Showcase Event 2022 is hosted by the University of Lincoln and aims to bring researchers together from various fields in academia and industry to highlight the impacts of digitalisation and create possibilities for multidisciplinary research.


Information required for:

Registration: College/Department, School, career stage.