Donna Heddle


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

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Prof Heddle welcomes PhD enquiries, particularly interdisciplinary ones involving language, literature, and cultural identity. She has supervised PhDs in the following areas: Scottish dialects Visual Sociology Women's travel literature Scottish war poetry History of Scottish Fiddle music Technology and Identity History of the Shetland Boat Comparative Nordic cultural identities Perceptions of renewables in small communities The lives of the Scots herring girls

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Research interests

Prof Heddle’s main research interests are the creation of new paradigms in Scottish and Northern isles studies, small island studies, Scottish language and literature in a European context, and Scottish cultural history. She is the author of a number of publications in these areas and is currently leading several national and international research and cultural tourism projects involving the North Atlantic rim. She is at present working on Scots-Nordic balladic synergies; the underpinning philosophy of Northern Studies; the Huguenot influence of Du Bartas on the poetry of the Scots Court under James VI; and geophysical and metaphysical correlations in historical depictions of Orkney. She is also working on a history of Highlands and Islands literature. She is particularly passionate about locative research - in the communities, by the communities, for the communities.


  • PE English
  • Old Norse, medieval literature, Scots, Orcadian,
  • sagas
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
  • Vikings, Scotland, Scottish cultural history
  • Scottish identity, Scottish heritage


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