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Meet the Team

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, Principal Investigator on “Writing the Sleep Crisis”

Diletta’s research focusses on fiction, non-fiction, film, TV, and digital culture responding to twenty-first-century anxieties and crises, and on the politics of time underlying these crises. She is an expert in the apocalyptic imagination and the author of The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times (Bloomsbury, 2020). She is the co-editor of The Literature of the Anthropocene, a special issue of C21 Literature (2018). Her criticism has appeared in venues like Salon, RTÉboundary 2 onlineASAP/JCritique: Studies in Contemporary FictionOpen Library of Humanities, and edited collections published by Palgrave and Cambridge University Press. Her current research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis”, was awarded funding from the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust. 

Marie Curie Fellowship

Professor Simona Chiodo, Full Professor of Philosophy at Politecnico di Milano (Supervisor)

Simona is Full Professor of Philosophy at Politecnico di Milano (since January 8, 2018). She was Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, UK (2019), and at the University of Edinburgh, UK (2016). She was Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2014). She spent research stays at Harvard University, USA (2004 and 2003). And she was Academic Visitor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2018), at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2017), at TU Delft, Netherlands (2017), and at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China (2016). She is deputy editor of the journal “Studi di estetica”. She is a member of the IDEA League Ethics Working Group and of the Research Ethical Committee of Politecnico di Milano. Her main research interests are in Philosophy of Technology, Epistemology, Aesthetics, and History of Philosophy. Her latest monograph is Technology and Anarchy. A Reading of Our Era (2020) and she is the co-editor of Italian Philosophy of Technology (2021).

Wellcome Trust Fellowship

Professor Katy Shaw, Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University (Supervisor)

Katy leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy is an expert in twenty-first century literature. She has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.

Professor Jason Ellis, Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research (Mentor)

Jason has worked in sleep medicine for around 20 years and is a qualified Somnologist – Expert in Behavioural Sleep Medicine from the European Sleep Research Society, a chartered psychologist under the BPS and a Practicing Health Psychologist under the Health and Care Professions Council. He has examined the impact of novel adjunct therapies, the influence of social factors on adherence, and the effective delivery of CBT I in complex cases and environments. He has worked within the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, delivering CBT-I to individuals with a range of physical and psychological conditions and has served on the editorial boards of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Sleep Health.