Examples of research by Fellows
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Official Fellow: Chris Burgoyne (1988-) - Concrete and Bone: Life as a Structural Engineer (Professor Chris Burgoyne)
Structural engineering is sometimes described as the Second Oldest Profession; the human race has been building homes and bridges from time immemorial. While the Greeks rested large stones across the top of tall columns, the Romans knew about arches and made something remarkably close to modern concrete. However, even if they had known about structural theory, doing arithmetic in Roman numerals would have been impossible, so science was beyond them and buildings were constructed using the principles of proportion until the Renaissance. By the time of the Brunels and the Stephensons, most of the guiding principles had been understood. So what is left to study?
In a warm room in a guesthouse just outside Venice, a group of women sit in a circle. Most are on an assortment of rugs and cushions on the floor, while some of the older ones sit on chairs around the edges. Their teacher sits on a mattress at the front. She is singing t. humri-, a semi-classical vocal genre of North Indian classical music.
‘Frustration drives development’. The theory, proposed in a book on child development that I read while on maternity leave, was that babies would never learn to crawl and walk unless they were frustrated with sitting still. It is also true in my veterinary clinical and research career.
Laura Moretti is Director of Studies in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She works on early modern Japanese literature, as she described in the Emmanuel Review in 2015:
Alex Jeffrey is a Fellow in Geography, and wrote in the Emmanuel Review for 2015 about his research into the processes of state building.
Chris Hunter came to Cambridge (and Emmanuel) in 2014 as the Herchel Smith Professor of Chemistry. He wrote about his research in the Emmanuel Review for 2015:
Anurag Agarwal is a Fellow in Engineering and wrote about his research in the Emmanuel Review in 2015:
Ivano Cardinale was the Mead Research Fellow in Economics between 2012 and 2015. He wrote the following about his research into 'structural political economy' in the Emmanuel Review in 2014:
Alexandre Kabla is a Fellow in Engineering, working on the mechanical properties of soft disordered materials, including foams, granular materials, as well as biomaterials and living tissues. He wrote the following piece in the Emmanuel Review in 2014.
Jon Simons wrote in the Emmanuel Review in 2011 about his research into how the brain supports our capacity to distinguish what is real from what is imagined.
Official Fellows: Frank Jiggins (1993–) & John Maclennan (1993–) – Genetics & Geology (Professor Frank Jiggins)
High Table is an important part of College life, where Fellows can meet, discuss politics and people, and seek a broader perspective on their research. The opportunity to interact on a daily basis with academics from a wide range of disciplines who are leading experts in their fields is almost unique to the college system. Frank Jiggins and John Maclennan wrote about their collaborative research in the Emmanuel Review for 2012.
In 1998, Oke Odudu (Fellow and Herchel Smith Lecturer) was introduced to the text: 'The following shall be prohibited as incompatible with the common market: all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade between Member States and which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the common market.'
Official Fellow: Liesbeth van Houts (1997–) – Norman manuscripts in Emmanuel (Professor Elisabeth van Houts)
In Emmanuel we are most fortunate to have an important collection of medieval manuscripts. Amongst them is a group of late eleventh- and early twelfth-century books that were either imported from Normandy or copied in England by Norman scribes. Liesbeth van Houts (Fellow) explores the collection.
If I had to summarise my research in a single sentence then I would say that I’m interested in waves of all kinds: how they are generated, how they propagate and how they interact with other objects.
Research Fellow: Javier Ortega-Hernández - Weird Wonders of the Cambrian (Dr Javier Ortega-Hernández)
I came to Emmanuel as a Research Fellow in October 2013, after finishing a PhD at the Department of Earth Sciences here in Cambridge.
Andrea Grant is a College-funded 'Teaching Research Fellow', teaching Social Anthropology and a Fellow of the Centre of African Studies. She writes below about religion and popular culture in Rwanda.
Martin Schmeing became a scientist because he was curious about the inner workings of the natural world. Over the last ten years he has been lucky to work with some exceptional researchers, two of whom won the Nobel Prize in 2009.
Nowadays we tend to think of fairies as Tinkerbell-type creatures with fuzzy antennae and magic wands. Only after several hundred years of evolution, however, did fairies end up as the harmless playthings of children's fantasies. James Wade (Research Fellow) dispelled the myths in the Emmanuel Review in 2011.
For Leon Rocha (Research Fellow) a key question drives his research projects: 'How do people come to know what they know about China, and why do they think about China in a particular way?'