Dr Philip McDermott is a senior lecturer in Sociology within the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences. In Sociology he teaches modules on Media Sociology, Research Methods and Irish Society. Philip’s research is concerned with the broad field of cultural identity and heritage. His work focuses specifically on the relationship between the state and the heritage of minority groups – especially linguistic and migrant minorities. In 2022, Philip was awarded Ulster University's Distinguished Research Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
One key strand of Philip’s work is in the area of language policy and planning for (and by) migrant communities. He has a specific interest in the perception of migrant languages in public places, the ways that government and communities deal with such linguistic diversity and the manner in which multilingualism and bilingualism are dealt with in policy contexts.
A second element of Philip’s research relates to concepts of heritage and identity in diverse settings. He has published on the political dynamics of Derry’s year as UK City of Culture (with NicCraith and Strani, Heriot Watt) and also on the context of heritage and migration in Northern Ireland. Recently he was the PI on an AHRC/Living Legacies sponsored project on the dynamics of commemorating WWI amongst migrant communities living in Northern Ireland. He also was part of an ERASMUS Plus Programme (Youth Work and You) which developed online tools for Youth Workers relating to identity in diverse settings with Dr Breda Friel (Ulster PI).
MD, PhD Olga Osokina is since 2021 professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Addiction and Medical Psychology at Donetsk National Medical University, Kramatorsk, Ukraine and professor of the Department of Neurology, Psychiatry and Physical Rehabilitation, Kyiv Medical University, Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2022 a visiting professor at the Research Center of the University of Turku (Finland).
Specialization: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Medical Psychology.
For the entire period of work: 140 scientific and educational publications, including authorship and co-authorship in 7 monographs and 3 textbooks, 66 scientific articles, 23 abstracts and 41 other educational papers for medical students and psychiatrists.