DCAD21: Online Programme

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 March 2021

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All Coventry University postgraduate researchers and staff are invited to join the Doctoral Capability and Development Conference and learn about the exciting research taking place across the University. 

DCAD provides all CU postgraduate researchers an opportunity to present their research in a supportive environment and the chance to make new connections and share ideas for future research. Presentations are organised around the Coventry University research themes to promote interdisciplinary understanding and community building.



Tuesday 23rd March 2021

10.00 – 10.30 

Plenary: Welcome to DCAD21  

Presenter: Dr Heather Sears  
To kick start this year’s conference, presenter Dr Heather Sears will offer you a warm welcome to DCAD21. Whether you are a presenter or attendee, PGR or staff member, join us and engage in activities with the aim of making the most out of your time at the conference. 


11.00 – 12.30  

Sustainability and Resilience / Safety and Security Session  

Postgraduate researchers from the Sustainability and Resilience research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University.  

Presenter:Title:
Obinna UgwuCSR and Earnings Management – The Moderating Role of Corporate Governance.
Dagmar DiesnerThe struggle for self-determination in food production and the self-governance of the markets by small-scale producers in Italy
Elizabeth NormanHow the involvement of children in piracy is interrelated to state fragility and what can be done to address this issue?

13.00 – 14.00  

Keynote with the Art of Brilliance: Bouncebackability

Some may call it ‘resilience’ but we prefer ‘BOUNCEBACKABILITY’. Not only is it a real word, it’s also a modern day superpower. Life hits hard, and repeatedly. Resilience is the superpower required to keep moving forward. A 2020s’ non-negotiable.

Whilst a lucky few seem hardwired to bounce back and grow in the face of adversity and setbacks, it doesn’t come automatically to most of us. The brilliant news is that BOUNCEBACKABILITY is a learned behaviour. We can all cultivate personal skills and resources which help us not just cope better with stress and adversity, but embrace change and use challenges as opportunities to grow.

BOUNCEBACKABILITY uses the latest thinking in areas of positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, CBT, growth mindsets, learned optimism and explanatory styles.


15.15 – 17.00 

Health and Wellbeing Session (A) 

Postgraduate researchers from the Health and Well-being research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University.

Presenter:Title:
MahmoudMasudAnd? He is your Husband!
RoopaNagoriExploring the relationships between Well-Being Practices, Employee Engagement and Performance in the Higher Education Sector
KarlLandströmFreedom as an ideal for the ethics of knowing?
OlusolaOladipoA qualitative study of Black African – Caribbean church leaders to explore and understand their views on running a church-based health programme to improve nutritional health and physical activity
MabelAlkaliBecoming the Temple of God: Femininity Construction in African Pentecostal Churches in The Uk.

End of day one

Wednesday 24th March 2021 

10.00 – 11.30 

Health and Wellbeing Session (B) 

Postgraduate researchers from the Health and Well-being research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University. 

Presenter Title:
KarlSpiteriPerceptions of physical activity pre-retirement in Maltese Civil servants
SoleneCargillAirflow in lungs: what do we know about alveoli and why is it still not enough?
AlysiaMartindaleTo explore how opinions of key stakeholders have influenced the development of a training course to help those supporting people with complex communication needs
InimfonEssiet‘Physical literacy has been a bit of a buzzword’: Teachers’ Perspectives, a mixed-methods study

11.00 – 12.30  

Intelligent Products and Processes Session

Postgraduate researchers from the Intelligent Products and Processes research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University. 

Presenter: Title:
ChristopherGardnerFibre optic in-situ battery diagnostic method investigation
AlaaElobaidChallenges of solving real-world problems with several possible solutions: The set covering problem
ElifOranDesigning a New Concept Electric Outboard Motor

13.00 – 14.00 

CTPSR Research Webinar

Lighting the way: the contributions of solar lighting to refugee security, self-reliance and integration in Rwanda

In this lunchtime webinar, Professor Heaven Crawley will introduce research from the EPSRC funded Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project. This project united researchers to seek innovative responses to the growing recognition of the need to improve access to energy, particularly renewable energy sources, for populations displaced by conflict and natural disasters. In this session, Heaven will focus on the work conducted in the refugee camps in Rwanda. 


14.00 – 16.30  

Outstanding Research Supervision Team Award 

Each of the short-listed Supervisory teams will give a presentation to address and consider the team’s approach to research supervision and its impact. Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) are encouraged to nominate a supervisory team for this award where they consider that the team has gone above and beyond the standard of excellence in supervision expected of Coventry University supervisors.  

This year’s shortlist:

  • Neil Clarke, Mark Noon, Peter Munday, Rhys Morris – nominated by Rich Kite
  • Mark Evans, Emma Meehan, Valerie van Mulukom – nominated by Micia de Wet
  • Cain Clark, Louise Sewell, Carol Percy and Gill Ward – nominated by Laura Wilde

Learn more: https://recap.coventry.domains/cu-outstanding-research-supervisor-team-award/


End of day two

Thursday 25th March 2021 

10.00 – 11.30  

PechaKucha Presentation Session  

PechaKucha is the Japanese word for ‘Chit-Chat’. This presentation style was created in Japan in the early 2000s as an alternative to traditional presentations.  PechaKucha allows 20 presentation slides with 20 seconds to talk about each slide (total presentation length 6 minutes and 40 seconds). PechaKucha is a great way for a presenter to condense their research into one presentation, it’s also a lot of fun. 

Join this webinar to hear about a range of research projects taking place across the University. You will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions around the research themes and get the opportunity to have your questions answered by the PGR presenters. 

Presenter: Title:
AliParsaHow to Get Rid of Urban Waste More Sustainably?
LinWestmorelandFeel the Fear and Move Any Way: transforming anxiety through natural and spontaneous dance and movement practices
ClaireLyonsThe Power of Names: Could Geographical Indications Help Make the UK Wine Industry More Sustainable and Just?
NatalyaSteaneInternationalisation policies and strategies of Coventry University and Aarhus University as tools of public diplomacy
RhianWilliamsCommunal rangelands in South Africa: Creating sustainable systems for people and planet

09.30 – 11.30  

Sustainability and Resilience Session  

Postgraduate researchers from the Sustainability and Resilience research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University. 

Presenter: Title:
EgleLatvyteDestruction of Ammonia Coupled with Hydrogen Production – Progress Towards a Carbon Neutral Water Treatment Cycle
KambizRakhshanbabanariA probabilistic predictive model for assessing the reusability of load-bearing building components
KaddijatouMannehEquity Crowdfunding and Financial Performance of UK Firms
AdaoraNwankwo-OnyiukeAn overriding model of successful university business incubators: myth or fact?

11.00 – 12.15 

Safety and Security Session

Postgraduate researchers from the Safety and Security research stream will present their research followed by time for questions. Join this session to learn about a wide range of research taking place at Coventry University. 

Presenter: Title:
EnginErkenPredicate Crimes and Anti-Money Laundering Responses in Turkey and the UK
AhmedMahmedAn evaluation of Britain’s Maritime Security Strategy in the Horn of Africa
ChristabellAmoakohMy Community is my Livelihood
OlukemiOlaniranSuccess factors: The future of cyber security risk management

12.00 – 14.00  

Official Poster Session  

Join us for the official poster session of DCAD21. View the fantastic research that is being conducted by Coventry University’s postgraduate researchers’ and get the opportunity to discuss this with them. 

GatherTown is an online area almost as good as the real thing. Enter the space, pick your avatar (it doesn’t have to look like you!) and use your arrow keys on your keyboard to roam around as if you were really in the Techno Centre! You will be able to interact with poster presenters and attendees via live audio and video. Move closer to someone’s avatar and you will be able to see and speak to them via video chat. We prefer cameras on so everyone can see who’s speaking, but your avatar will show how many people are around each poster. The only thing to remember is to bring your own tea and biscuits!  


16.00 – 16.30  

Plenary: DCAD21 Reflection  

Presenter: Dr Heather Sears  

To wrap up DCAD21, join Dr Heather Sears to reflect on this year’s event. You will get the opportunity to discuss what you have learnt this week and what you will take away with you. 


End of DCAD21 Conference