Modern Interiors Research Centre


Researchers and research students



Professor Penny Sparke



Dr Fiona Fisher

Dr Ersi Ioannidou

Professor Pat Kirkham

Dr Stephen Knott

Dr Patricia Lara-Betancourt

Dr Sorcha O'Brien

Dr Paddy O’Shea

Dr Catharine Rossi


Visiting Professors

Professor Alice Friedman

Professor Charles Rice


Associate Researchers

Dr Emma Ferry

Dr Lisa Hockemeyer

Dr Rebecca Preston

Dr Sabine Wieber


Current PhD Students


Michael Borozdin-Bidnell: The Antiquarian Interior as Modern Environment in 19th century Britain


Neville Knott: TV Interior Design and Irish Domestic Interiors


Kerry Meakin: Pioneers of Department Store Display, Design and Practice in the UK and Ireland (1909–1959)


Lucia Savi: Commerce and craftsmanship: Italy’s textile production


Catherine Sidwell: How did post Darwin developments of theories of evolution, theism and spirituality inform the architect and designer CFA Voysey’s concept of nature in his work and writings?


Rachel Van Greuning: A History in the Footnotes: Re-Contextualizing British Architectural Modernism in the Inter-War Period


Vanessa Vanden Berghe Oliver Hill: Mediation in Interior Design and Architecture during the Interwar Period

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona. Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude (1932). Architects: Anshen & Allen (1956). Photographer: Peter Guthrie (2007)