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Kate Liston

Kate Liston

Dr Kate Liston

Assistant Professor in the Arts Department

What area does your research focus on?

My practice-based art research engages with cognitive processing, tacit knowledge production and sensory learning within the more-than-human world. In addition to my solo practice, I collaborate with artist Tess Denman-Cleaver and separately, with an evolving group of staff and students at Northumbria called NEUSCHLOSS. My own PhD Link Zone: an exploration of the sensation of knowledge through a practice of art and writing (2017) used storytelling and autotheory to challenge presuppositions about the immateriality of knowledge. 

What are the other key aspects of your role?

I am an Assistant Professor at Northumbria University. I currently lead on two Fine Art Foundation Year and two Year 1 BA Fine Art modules, and I supervise practice-led or interdisciplinary PhDs. Previous to my position here I was an Associate Lecturer at Sunderland University.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I like running, weightlifting, walking in nature, and going on family outings with my husband and two young sons.  

What do you think you could particularly offer mentoring support with?

I would be seeking to reflect back your research to help you shape your PhD story. Supporting with navigating academic expectations and milestones. Giving objective space for you to talk through your research goals. 

I was lucky with my own PhD experience that I was supported to experiment with different ways of working. I would like to be able to contribute to others having positive experiences of PhD research.