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Research and Scholarly Activities

Durham Colleges are scholarly communities. We want to encourage all Trevelyanites to be intellectually curious, venturing outside of their subject areas and pursuing knowledge of all kinds.

Research Opportunities

Trevs has plenty of academic events and research opportunities to inspire intellectual curiosity among our students. Take a look at some of the highlights below:

Resident Fellow Lectures

Trevelyan is fortunate to have multiple resident fellows each year. These fellows live on-site and interact with Trevs students whenever possible. Keep an eye out for upcoming lectures and talks from our IAS or Sir William Luce fellows.

Dissertation Open Mic Nights

During term time we host 'dissertation open mic nights', sessions where students can present their research to their peers in a relaxed, informal environment. These sessions are both educational and enjoyable - our presenters get insightful feedback on their research, and our audience learns something new.

SCR-MCR Research Buffet

Trevelyan holds a termly research buffet for our postgraduate students. The research buffet allows researchers from the MCR and SCR to present their research to their friends and colleagues over an informal dinner.

College Fellows

William Luce Fellows

The Sir William Luce Fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar at post-doctoral level, diplomat, politician, or business executive, working on those parts of the Middle East to which Sir William Luce devoted his working life (Iran, the Gulf states, South Arabia and Sudan).

Previous Sir William Luce Fellows have included:

Dr Katie J. Hickerson (2020)
Dr Hickerson is a cultural historian of the Nile Valley. During her fellowship, she will, in preparation for a book titled Mortal Struggles: Death Rites and Imperial Formations in Sudan, 1865-1935, examine the history of Khartoum and Omdurman from the Turco-Egyptian era to the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium through the treatment of the dead.





Philip Winter (2019)
Winter's research centres on the history and attributes of the Ilemi Triangle, a colonial border in East Africa that has yet to be bilaterally defined. Winter considers a number of factors in the Ilemi area that could potentially provide a casus belli involving Kenya, South Sudan and perhaps also Ethiopia - oil exploration for example, or the shrinking of Lake Turkana as a result of new irrigated agriculture schemes below the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia.





Professor Mark N Katz (2018)
Professor Katz's research focuses on Russian foreign policy, especially towards the Middle East, and the international dimensions of revolution. Against the backdrop of years of conflict, rising tensions, and mass population movements in the Middle East, interventions of Russia in the region have caught the attention of the world. Professor Katz provides a broad view of Russia's historic involvement in the Middle East and asks how much has really changed.




Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Fellows

The Institute of Advanced Study brings together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to collaborate on projects of major intellectual, scientific, political, and practical significance. Trevelyan welcomes new IAS Fellows each year, accommodating them in College houses and promoting their involvement with the student community.

Previous IAS Fellows have included:

Professor Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University (2019/20)
Bronwen Neil is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University and director of the new Macquarie Research Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE), whose 35 members are working together to bring the benefits of the environmental and archaeological sciences to the study of ancient history.





Ms Irene Fellin, Istituto Affari Internazionali (2019/20)
Irene Fellin is Senior Fellow on gender and security issues at the Istituto Affari Internazionali. IAI is an independent think tank aimed at promoting awareness of international politics and contributes in particular to the advancement of European integration and multilateral cooperation. Irene has previously worked as Gender Advisor of the Special Representative of NATO Secretary-General for "Women, Peace and Security" and as a consultant at UNDP and UNICEF in Ankara.




Professor Boris Snopok, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2018/19)
Boris Snopok is a senior scientist and head of the Department of Physics and Optoelectronics Technical Bases at the Institute of Semiconductor Physics (ISP), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His research interests concern the capacity of physics to open new ways of understanding in biology, especially at the nanoscale.




Professor Gert Jan van der Wilt, Radboud University Medical Centre (2018/19)
Gert Jan van der Wilt is professor of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His main research interest is how empirical analysis and normative inquiry can be integrated into the context of HTA.