MEET THE TEAM
Professor Farrer is a designer whose principal and co-investigator roles have included EU and UK applied research funded projects where R+D innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. In 2000 her PhD was one of the first in Sustainable fashion textile global supply chain analysis, using cradle-to-cradle modelling of wool fibre production. Farrer has been College member, advisor, co-author and co-investigator for AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK and INTERREG funded projects. She reviews and writes for various trade and academic publications and holds 5 international journal advisory board posts.
Farrer is a designer who has worked with global brands, Government and NGO’s for decades, this has informed her trans-disciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in Fashion, Textiles, Fibre, Materials, Product Design R+D and brand development. Her Sustainable, ‘Smart’ materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical Science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. She and collaborators are developing new interdisciplinary funded proposals and publishing opportunities for pedagogic team research to inform the curriculum.
- DERMA (Design of Enabling-Regenerative Materials for Ageing) CO-I – The project will be engaged with the development of new healthcare technologies to improve the quality of life of the ageing.
- PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) PI – The project’s focus is jobs, social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
- Barrier Solutions Melanoma prevention toolkit PI – The research aims to create ‘smart’ textiles combining computer intelligence and digital communication to provide ‘early warning systems’ of over-exposure to the sun.
- SHAKES (Structural Health Autonomic Kinetics for Earth Shifts) PI – Textiles, architecture, computing and nanotechnology collaborators have developed an intelligent textile to be embedded into structural systems to sense movement and warn of potential structural failure.
Cressida joined Professor Joan Farrer’s Enterprise and Innovation team in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth at the beginning of 2016 and is currently working on EU-funded international research projects and in the development of new bids focused on the University research theme health and well-being. Before that Cressida worked as a Research Fellow at UoB on a number of research projects, including the development of tissue regeneration scaffolds and investigating alternative treatments for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Her first career was in music, as a member of the KLF Communications team. After a few years of child-raising, she completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Brighton, followed by a PhD investigating hypoxia as a target for drug combination therapy of liver cancer.
- Developing multidisciplinary initiatives to drive research and innovation for health and well-being and for social good. She strongly believes that transdisciplinary research and an open mind are essential for radical innovation and enterprise. I am committed to public engagement and dissemination activities and the democratisation of research.
- DERMA – Wound Care by Design, a €2.7M three year project supported by the European Regional Development Fund Interreg2Seas programme. DERMA involves the design and development of innovative technologies for the prevention and management of chronic non-healing dermal wounds.
During his 5 years in the film industry, he has produced over 20 feature films and one TV series. He was fortunate enough to work with an extremely talented crew and many prolific actors including Mark Hamill, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Danny Dyer and Alan Ford. His films secured international distribution with Lionsgate, Metrodome and Optimum Releasing.
Toby manages the CCI Media Production Centre which is a multimedia content creation service. A professional service available for commercial projects both internally and externally the MPC covers a multitude of creative practices available within the faculty. These include film and video production, animation, script writing & storyboarding, VFX production, music production, performing arts and graphic design. If your requirements sit outside of these disciplines the MPC has the full resources across the faculty and the entire university to draw upon. Projects are managed by the MPC but work creatively with academics, students and graduates to produce high-quality products.
- Sustainable practices within the film and television industries. I am working on a collaboration with BAFTA to analyse how scalable their current albert+ certification process is for smaller, independent production companies and how the processes can be embedded in Higher Education.
- The application of animation for patient information dissemination.
- Successful narratives and engagement of audiences with 360′ video products.
Joni studied Media Communication and Production and spent her early career working in broadcast before progressing to communications and business development. She has worked in a range of sectors including sustainability, property and agriculture operating across social enterprise models, community interest companies and competitive commercial environments.
Her creative background and the opportunity to apply a strong business acumen attracted her to the stimulating and forward-thinking environment of the CCi. In her role as Business Support Officer Joni facilitates the growth of the faculty’s research, enterprise and innovation through supporting colleague activities and collaborations with businesses and external stakeholders.
Harriet Parr holds a Masters in Communications Studies and graduated from the Auckland University of Technology. The Masters Thesis entitled "Food waste New Zealand: a case study investigating the food waste phenomenon" (2013) enabled consumers to think about their household’s food waste. Using digital technologies (visual diaries, data visualisation and audio data) to explain the research it became apparent that if interlinked information sharing on social network platforms or government/commercial think tanks were available to the wider public, this would help alleviate domestic food waste utilising powerful knowledge exchange systems.
Since then she has a worked on various sustainability and design communication projects including the Green Deal UK government-funded initiative and European INTERREG funded project BRIDGE (Building Research and Innovation Deals for the Green Economy) at the University of Brighton. Currently, Harriet is working on the PONToon project as a Research Associate. She has a passion for embedding practice based and collaborative transdisciplinary research, fostered by academic, student and community co-operation.
Marc is an MSc graduate from the University of Portsmouth School of Creative Technologies. His Masters focused on game level design and development, creating a pipeline for communication and design within game development teams, this culminated in the creation of multiple levels for a University game project.
Penny joined the PONToon team in May 2018 after submitting her PhD thesis 'The Hollywood Studio System and British Nineteenth-Century Literature' at the University of Portsmouth. She has undergraduate degree in English and Film studies and a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies. With interests in popular culture, film, literature, and history, Penny's existing research centres on investigating the production of texts during the Hollywood Studio Era that used nineteenth century British literature as their source material. She presented her findings at Association of Adaptation Studies, Oxford, UK in September 2016 and at the British Association of Film Television and Screen Studies, Bristol, UK in May 2017. Her published work includes an article published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television entitled “Edgar Dale’s Film Appreciation Program: An Early Education in Adaptation” and a case study included in Understanding Film Theory, 2nd Edition (2018) by Ruth Doughty and Christine Etherington-Wright.
Penny has worked for the University since 2012 as a demonstrator in the school of Creative Technologies on the units Introduction to Film Studies and TV and Film Scripting, and as a lecturer in the School of Media and Performing Arts on the unit Adaptations: Film and Television for Level 5 students. When not engaged in teaching she was employed as a Research Assistant on the project 'British Film Adaptations, 1897-2015' and as a Student Recruitment Officer, working across the faculty of CCi to promote its courses.
- PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies Fostering Social Inclusion) – The project’s focus is jobs, female social inclusion (urban and rural communities) underpinned by tools and methods from the digital economy.
- Research Libraries in the Hollywood Studio Era - Research Libraries in the Hollywood Studio Era were almost exclusively managed by women. This project is an investigation of their role and contribution to filmmaking during the studio era.
Carolyn is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth (UoP). Her research focuses on social circus enhanced by digital technologies to foster social inclusion of young women and is part funded by UoP and part funded by an EU Interreg 5a project awaiting application outcome. She also works as a research assistant to the CCI Enterprise and Innovation team; this role includes development and support of external bid submissions and faculty initiatives aimed at developing research culture.
Previously at The University of Brighton (UoB), Carolyn worked closely with colleagues on the INTERREG funded project Building Research and Innovation Deals for the Green Economy (BRIDGE) and undertook a multifaceted project management role. Whilst working on INTERREG funded projects FLAX: Increasing its Value for Society and Biocare Marine, she took a leading role in embedding live research into the curriculum, developing a community of learners and facilitated transdisciplinary engagement across the institution. With experience in the digital research arena working on a British Academy funded project Discovering Digital Me, she assisted in qualitative/quantitative research and data analysis in digital identity and literacy studies.
Carolyn achieved a Masters of Design in Textiles at UoB and has a passion for digital technologies, materials and performance arts, particularly circus and cabaret. Other experience includes founding a successful events company, costume design work, and professional performance in various circus/cabaret events with skills including contortion, acrobatics, pole dance and aerial dance. With a diverse blend of academic and performance expertise she has developed a wide-ranging skill set that has enabled the creation of exciting opportunities within my career portfolio.