Lisa Somerville

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

Work with industry, drive innovation, develop a sustainable future.

Cohort 2 Students

Lisa Somerville

Background: I completed a BA Double Major in Media Communications and French, a Diploma in Japanese Language, and a BA Hons in Media Communication at the University of Canterbury. For my Masters in Digital Media I chose the University of Hull. I have worked in international development across several countries, project managing sustainability initiatives such as the installation of solar arrays and recycling plastic waste into 3D printing filaments, winning several awards. I worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia and had strategic oversight of federal government programs in remote indigenous communities.

Research Interests: I am driven to work toward social good outcomes, prior research has included researching and developing a machine that was used to recycle waste plastics into usable 3D printing filament. My Masters Dissertation looks at Artificial Intelligence for social good using a case study approach in the development of an app with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Why you applied for the Aura CDT: The UK has the most offshore wind energy development in the world.  Aura CDT are at the forefront of driving further growth in this area. The Aura CDT have a multidisciplinary approach and are very collaborative, recruitment happens in cohorts of diverse candidates with complimentary skillsets and backgrounds. An environment such as this, encourages candidates to also learn from and support each other. I enjoy working collaboratively like this and with the purpose of contributing to reducing the impacts of climate change.

PhD Research: With the support of the ORE Catapult, my PhD research project will focus on a human factor in the offshore windfarm industry, motion sickness. First using Virtual Reality and Motion Simulation to test the impacts of motion sickness on cognitive abilities, then the project will look at mitigation techniques to lessen the likelihood of motion sickness. A full project description is available here.  



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