Sussex Research Hive

The Sussex Research Hive is the Library's designated area for researchers, open to all doctoral researchers and research staff. It provides private study areas, bookable meeting rooms and space for discussion and collaborative work.

SAGE Publications have given funding to support both the Research Hive and the Library's innovative work in engaging with the research community at Sussex. Further information is available from the University's press release.

Three Research Hive Scholars support the area, engaging with researchers at Sussex to find out what they want from their community, and planning events in response.The Research Hive Scholars for 2014/15 are Jay, Nikoleta and Lana. Follow the Research Hive on Twitter and read their blog to find out about the latest events and when the Scholars are available.

Check here to see when they are available in the Hive, and what upcoming events they have planned.

As part of their roles, the Research Hive Scholars evaluate use of the space and make recommendations for its future development. Please send any feedback about the areas to the Scholars:

Hive Scholars Jay, Nikoleta and Lana outside the Hive.

Jay Culligan

Hi, I’m a second year Life Sciences researcher in the Evolution, Behavior, and Ecology department. My research focuses on the camouflage and visual capabilities of the common cuttlefish. I am fortunate to collaborate with researchers at Bristol University, and it is my hope that we can create a visual model of the cuttlefish.

 I am looking forward to working with the library and other Hive scholars to foster an interactive research community among the postgraduate researchers. We offer support and information to make time here at Sussex easier. We’re all working for the same goals and it makes all our lives easier if we work together. Stop by the Hive and ask me anything about your time here at Sussex or planning your career after.

Nikoleta Kiapidou

Hello! I’m a second year PhD student at the Department of Politics. My PhD examines the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the national party systems of Germany, the UK, Ireland, and Greece. I also teach Research Methods in Political Science (exciting!) and I am involved in projects about political party attitudes in the EU. As a Hive Scholar I’m very happy to engage with the research community of the University of Sussex and I look forward to seeing you all in the Hive.

Lana Harper

My research is on English theatre and playhouses in the seventeenth century. I normally explain it to people by saying ‘Shakespeare and a bit later’, but if you really want to know about it then I’ll hit you with more theatre history than you can shake a stick at. I’m interested in the practical sides of performing early modern theatre, and used to work at Shakespeare’s Globe as a dramaturg. I love finding out about other people’s research so feel free to come chat to me and tell me about lots of stuff I don’t know.

 I’m really looking forward to helping create a strong, friendly community of researchers as part of my work as a Hive Scholar, and helping to provide Sussex researchers with information and opportunities that they might not have come across otherwise. Please come and say hi to me in the Hive, or drop me an email at or a tweet @sussexreshive with any thoughts or suggestions you have about what you’d like from the Hive.

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