Sussex Humanities Lab

Doctoral research

Doctoral research

The Sussex Humanities Lab aims to create an outstanding record in research and contribute actively to Sussex’s lively interdisciplinary research culture. The SHL believes doctoral research is central to the project of re-thinking research in digital contexts. We offer supervision across a range of areas, and encourage cross-disciplinary projects.


Sussex Humanities Lab doctoral researchers

The Sussex Humanities Lab funded six Doctoral Research Scholarships in 2015 and is pleased to welcome our doctoral researchers.

Kat BraybrookeKaitlyn (Kat) Braybrooke has built creative, open technologies and curricula with organizations like Mozilla, Open Knowledge Foundation and UK Parliament to empower marginalized communities around the world since 2008. Kat completed her MSc Digital Anthropology at University College London in 2011 with a thesis that examined gender and identity concerns amongst 30 Millennial-aged hackers across Europe. For her doctoral project, funded by the Sussex Humanities Lab and in partnership with the Tate (details), and supervised by Dr Tim Jordan, Dr Caroline Bassett and Dr Rebecca Sinker, she builds on these insights by using action research to understand embodied human-machine interactions and genealogical portrayals of hacker ontologies at shared machine shops (makerspaces, fablabs, digital studios) within European cultural heritage institutions, defined as “open workshops with equipment where people go to ‘make’ something” (Nesta, 2014). Kat's recent work can be found on Twitter and her website


Manuel CruzManuel Alejandro Cruz Martínez’s research moves across the disciplines of history, education, cultural studies, and computer science. His main interest is on the relations between history, video games, identity, and epistemology. His current research, funded by the Sussex Humanities Lab, focuses on the capabilities of video games to explore history in new and meaningful ways, analysing the role of identity in the construction of the past and the conceptualization of history. Website: 



Emma HarrisonEmma Harrison is an activist, performer and digital designer, and has recently been involved in curating the online archive for the AHRC funded ‘You Can’t Move History’ project, alongside the Long Live Southbank campaign, arts collective ‘BrazenBunch’, University of Glasgow, UEA and Newcastle University.

 Her doctoral research aims to explore the potential of offline space for the purposes of electronic civil disobedience (ECD). Whilst, at the turn of century, it was widely acknowledged that activism must enter the network as a means of remaining effective, more recent developments in both the theory and practice of digital media have demonstrated that the network as a site for rhizomatic resistance has largely failed. Whilst even physical space is now largely softwarized, Emma’s research takes the term ‘network’ to be unspecific within current milieux, leading to gaps in theoretical literature that necessitate the reconceptualisation of electronic resistance within network space.    @_emmaeharrison'


Wesley GoatleyWesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher based in Brighton.  His practice examines opaque power and hidden processes in technology through built objects, live art, and talks. His doctoral research at the University of Sussex Humanities Lab, is developing critical approaches to data aestheticisation.  Wesley has been an experimental musician and performer for over 15 years, and has been exhibiting artworks since 2010. He currently teaches an undergraduate module in code- based sonic arts practices.   @wesleygoatley




Nathan RichardsNathan Richards’ research, situated within the field of digital history, is concerned primarily with interrogating the way in which digital tools; mediums and research methods, are informing African historiography and historical practice. He is interested in understanding the role of new media in creating communities of interest online, the categories of knowledge inherent in database projects and the ways these constrain historical insight, and finally, the impact of digitisation on traditional historical artifacts.





Applications for Doctoral Study

We welcome applications for doctoral study aligned to the Sussex Humanities Lab strands

  • Digital archives/Digital history
  • Digital media/Computational culture
  • Digital technologies/Digital performance
  • Digital lives/Memory and experience

We offer expert supervision in the following areas

  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Digital Cultures
  • Digital History
  • Digital Sociology
  • Digital Performance
  • Education and Social Work
  • Informatics (Humanities oriented)

Please apply through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system. Applicants should apply to the relevant School and indicate their interest in working with the SHL. Contact for Sussex Humanities Lab general queries and the relevant Sussex Humanities Lab researcher, around intellectual material.