About us

In early 2019 an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Wolverhampton led by Denise Doyle, were awarded funds to join the STARTS Prize initiative co-ordinated by Ars Electronica on behalf of the European Commission. Over the course of the last year the team have conducted research into the Winners and Honorary Mentions of the STARTS Prize to see how collaborations succeed, with the aim to further understand how successful projects engage across Science, Arts, and Technology, and the ways in which this can be used effectively to address issues outlined by Horizon 2020 (sustainability, innovation, education, inclusion). So let’s meet the team…

Dr Denise Doyle is a Reader in Digital Media at the University of Wolverhampton, Adjunct Professor for Digital Futures at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Toronto, Canada and Principle Editor of the Journal of Virtual Creativity (formally Metaverse Creativity), Intellect, UK.

She is currently Project Lead for Investigating Successful STARTS Methodologies (2019-21). With a background in Fine Art Painting and Digital Media, Denise has contributed research in the fields of art and technology, phenomenology, performance, video games, art and consciousness, virtual worlds, and digital arts practice through numerous book chapters and articles and edited the artist led book New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds (2015). She sits on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media (Routledge) and the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Intellect).

Sebastian Groes is Professor of English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written various books, is Series Co-Editor of Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury) and edited two volumes on Kazuo Ishiguro. Groes is the Principal Investigator of The Memory Network (www.thememorynetwork.com), an AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Research Network bringing together scientists, arts and humanities scholars, writers and artists. Currently, he undertakes research for the BBC’s project Novels That Shaped Our World. New book projects include Mapping Smell, Memory and Literature in the Black Country (Palgrave, 2020), Brain Attack (John Murray, 2021), and The Prosthetic God (MIT, 2022).

Martin Khechara is an Associate Professor for engagement in science technology engineering and maths (STEM) at the University of Wolverhampton. A former research scientist he specialises in microbiology and now has an international profile for his pedagogical research in student and public engagement. Other than his role as an educator Martin is a science communicator, presenter, writer and performer and believes in the power of STEM and study at university to change lives and actively works in the community to bring the magic of STEM subjects to those that need it the most.

Charlotte Dunn is a practicing artist and illustrator and is a research assistant amongst the team. She graduated from a Fine Art degree from Arts University Bournemouth in 2011 and a masters in Fashion Promotion from BCU in 2015. Her arts practice centres around the microbiology as well as medical imagery and is greatly concerned with methods of drawing presentation and perception. She has exhibited in a variety of places including London and across NHS establishments . Charlotte has a background in marketing and events management


Jacob Badcock is an academic researcher with a specialist interest in digital labour and production in the Global South. From October 2020, Jacob will commence a PhD at University College London, supervised by media theorist Hanna Holling, in the department for History of Art, Materials and Technology, provisionally entitled: ‘A Comparative Archaeo-Ethnography of Digital Materiality in West Africa: Art, Labour, and Production’. In 2018, Jacob graduated with a Masters degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, with his thesis: ‘Contemporary Art as Contemporary Archaeology’. In 2017, Jacob graduated with an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Warwick. Before joining the University of Wolverhampton, Jacob worked in secondary education; away from the books, Jacob is a keen follower of Swindon Town F.C.

Richard Glover is a composer and writer based in Birmingham, UK. His music explores gradual process, perception in reductionist sound environments and experimental approaches to notation. His portrait cd Logical Harmonies was released in 2013, and his music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Bozzini Quartet, musikFabrik, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He co-authored the
book Overcoming Form with Bryn Harrison, with whom he collaborated for the recent publication Being Time: Case Studies in Musical Temporalities with Bloomsbury. He has also published book chapters and articles on Phill Niblock, minimalism and technology, and the perception of sustained tone musics. He is currently Reader in Music at the University of Wolverhampton.